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<a href="http://www.roccoventrella.com/bio/rvengbio2011.pdf" target="_blank">DOWNLOAD BIO PDF</a><p>One can only smile and enjoy when hearing the music of Rocco Ventrella. The joy of his music that exudes from his soul is undeniable. His passion for smooth jazz is so obvious with every note he plays. With "Give Me The Groove" CD, released on February 2007, Ventrella has been Pre-Nominated Grammy Award Contemporary Jazz Best Album 2007 Top 50.</p><p> After performing in over 20 different countries and playing for hundreds of others records artists for many years, Ventrella discovered the great saxophone player Grover Washington, Jr. in the mid-90s. Ventrella was captivated by the sound and the groove of Grover and for this reason Grover will remain his “virtual” teacher forever. On the 2005 Ventrella recorded, arranged and produced the "Tribute To Grover Washington, Jr." CD in memory of the late, great saxophone player. This remarkable recording originally contained just five tracks: "Winelight", "Let It Flow", "Make Me a Memory", "Mr. Grover"(original by Ventrella) and "Come Morning". However, it was “Winelight” that made Rocco a household name on Smooth Jazz stations across the Internet. Winelight was selected by Sky.fm as one of "The Best Of 2005," along with other 14 tracks.</p><p> Ventrella continued to create new recordings featuring his own compositions, including the soulful and haunting I Receive Your Love. The “Tribute To Grover” and "I Receive Your Love" CDs brought Ventrella to the attention of American producer Bruce Nazarian (he played the synclavier on the "Giving you the best that I got" Anita Baker's CD, Millie Scott, The Automatix), and an international alliance was born. With Give Me The Groove CD, produced by Bruce Nazarian and with the collaboration of his friend-pianist Renato Falaschi, Ventrella received a Pre-Grammy Awards Nomination Best Contemporary Jazz Album 2007 and scored Top 20 smooth jazz radio stations with 5 tracks of the CD: Soulful Strut, Winelight, Alleria, On The Night and Give Me The Groove. Also Ventrella has gotten quotes from George Duke, Everette Harp, Dave Koz, Marion Meadows, Chris Standring and more.</p><p>Rocco Ventrella was born in Bari, Italy and began playing saxophone at age of twelve. As a young boy, he remembers when his father, a lover of jazz music, gave to him an album of Duke Ellington and Ventrella was captured by the sound of the sax of Johnny Hodge and a love was born. Ventrella was trained jazzly, but switched to the clarinet at age 15 enrolling himself at Conservatory of Music of Bari and abandoning the sax for seven years. During this time Ventrella had nostalgia of the saxophone, the love for the sax was so intense. "The clarinet wasn't quite expressive enough for me," he says. "I really connected more with jazz and funk. So I picked up the saxophone changing my style immediately. "Ventrella begins performing in alot of jazz clubs of his city and out of the city and played for over 25 years in a local jazz big band where famous artists have been guests such as Lee Konitz, Art Farmer, Dizzy Gillespie, Ernie Wilkins, Tony Scott, Chet Baker, Eddie "Lockiaw" Davis, Bob Mintzer and more. "I always loved American music and the people," he says. Ventrella's first official gig in the U.S. has been in Augusta, GA. where him was invited to playing at James Brown Festival 2006 that headlined James Brown.</p><p>By the age of 30 Ventrella had performed on national Italian television several times and toured the world with some famous italian singers. Actually Ventrella continuous to play in the world and he has shared and sharing the stages with most respected smooth jazz artists like Peter White, Marion Meadows, Candy Dulfer, Jaared, Oli Silk, Renato Falaschi, Mindi Abair, Jessy J., Brian Culbertson, Nick Colionne, Jackiem Joyner, Nils, Paul Brown, Gerald Albright, Jonathan Fritzen and more.</p>

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  • "Give Me The Groove" Pre-Grammy Nominated Contemporary Jazz Best Album 2007.

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  • Yo Rocco!

    For saxophonist Rocco Ventrella, the lure of smooth jazz is powerful. It’s so powerful, in fact, that it regularly leads him from his home in Bari, Italy — on the shore of the Adriatic Sea — to the shores of the United States. Actually, there is no smooth-jazz scene to speak of in his native country, or, indeed, in Europe as a whole. For Ventrella, who loves smooth jazz and is determined to make his mark playing it, that leaves America, smooth-jazz capital of the world, home of Dave Koz, Boney James, Euge Groove, Kenny G, Eric Marienthal, Kim Waters, and many other smooth-jazz saxophonists. In America, the 47-years-old Ventrella must compete against a great multitude of like-minded talent. (See more on Jazziz April Month 2008 issue)Publication: Jazziz MagazineDate:
  • Rocco Ventrella back with new radio single

    Publication: Smooth Jazz Therapy
  • Rocco Ventrella: Give Me The Groove

    Besides international Saxophonist Dave Koz says Rocco Ventrella is one of the musicians to whom he has given more attention, both for its beautiful melodies and the way they interpret. The theme of "Soulful Strut" was named No. 1 issue in the Smooth Jazz category in the year 2006. Rocco Ventrella is positioned as the saxophonist who leads the Smooth Jazz in Europe.Publication: NosolosmoothjazzDate:
  • Rocco Ventrella at Smooth Jazz Festival Augsburg

    Bari, Italy born sax player Rocco Ventrella opened the Saturday event. From 1983 until 2005 Ventrella played in the Big Band "J.S.O." of Bari where he appeared with an impressive list of artists. His first solo project was Tribute To Grover Washington, Jr. (2005). With Give Me The Groove (2006) he offered his second seductive album. From this album he presented the cover Soulful Strut, a very popular song and often interpreted by Grover Washington Jr., George Benson, Kim Waters or Nick Colionne. Italian Pop singer Pino Daniele had recorded Alleria for his album Nero a Metà (1980). Rocco Ventrella arranged this song new for his album with intro, bridges and some awesome variations. Rocco continued with the song Il Bacio della Farfalla (Butterfly Kiss). Probably a song of his upcoming third album. On his final tune Let It Flow, a rendition taken from Grover Washington's album Winelight, he was supported by Paul Brown on guitar. The modest and simpatico musician Rocco Ventrella is a real enrichment for every festival.Publication: Smooth-Jazz.deDate:

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