Born: October 27, 1970 Primary Instrument: Bass
Since moving to New York City in 1993 Carlo De Rosa has had the opportunity to work with many great artists in the Latin and Jazz World. This has led to diverse musical and cultural experiences and has allowed Carlo to work with a wide variety of artists such as Ray Barretto, Ravi Coltrane, William Cepeda, Bruce Barth, Dave Valentin, Ed Thigpen, Nick Brignola, Mickey Roker, Steve Turre, Miguel Zenon, Hilton Ruiz, Ralph Alessi, Candido Camero, Jason Moran, Papo Vasquez and the NYC Ballet.
He collaborates and performs with many other great artists including: Vijay Iyer, Allison Miller, Ingrid Jensen, Sam Newsome, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Mark Shim, Luis Perdomo, Dave Allen, Chembo Corniel, Lucian Ban, Andrea Brachfeld, Amir ElSaffar, Elio Villafranca, and Victor Prieto.
As a US Jazz Ambassador in 1999 Carlo traveled to South Africa, Mauritius, Madagascar, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. Other performances abroad have led him to countries as varied as France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Estonia, Russia, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Holland, Belgium, Czech Republic, Argentina, Chile, Romania, Slovenia, Denmark, England, Scotland and Ireland.
His New York Club engagements have included the Blue Note, Birdland, Zinc Bar, 55 Bar, Smalls, Visiones, Fat Cat, Knitting Factory, Detour, Smoke, Kavehaz, Sweet Rhythm, Jazz Standard, Nuyorican Poet’s Café, Tonic, Satalla, CBGB’s Lounge, Barbès, Zebulon, Iridium, Jazz at Lincoln Center Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Cornelia Street Café, La Lanterna Caffe - Bar Next Door, Makor, Town Hall, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the Jazz Gallery.
Outside of NYC Carlo has performed in venues such as: the Painted Bride, Ortlieb’s Jazzhaus, Chris' Jazz Café, The Philadelphia Art Museum and the Deer Head Inn (PA); One Step Down, Blues Alley, Twins, Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Meyer Auditorium and the Kennedy Center (DC); Justin’s and the Rosendale Café (NY); Churchill Grounds Jazz Café (GA); Firefly Café (MI.) and Scullers (MA).
In addition, He has performed at the Verizon Jazz Festival/ NYC; JVC Jazz Festival/ NYC; Williamsburg Jazz Festival/ NYC; Freihofer’s Jazz Festival/ Saratoga, NY; Parnu Jazz Festival/ Estonia; Miami Jazz Festival/ Florida; Hartford Jazz Festival/ Connecticut; Jefferson City Festival/ Missouri; Cape May Jazz Festival/ New Jersey; Kinsale Fringe Festival/ Ireland; Earshot Jazz Festival/ Seattle, WA; Bucuresti Jazz Festival and Brasov International Jazz Festival/ Romania; Izzven Jazz Festival Maribor/ Slovenia; Cape Town International Jazz Festival/ South Africa; Imaxina Sons Festival De Jazz De Vigo/ Spain; Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival and Washington Jewish Music Festival/ Washington DC; Jazz in the Square Festival/ Syracuse, NY; The London International Jazz Festival/ London, UK.
Having given clinics and master classes around the globe, Carlo is no stranger to the classroom. Since earning his Masters Degree at Manhattan School of Music he has developed teaching affiliations with the Drummers Collective, National Guitar Workshop, Henry Street Settlement and Long Island University. Proficient, creative, clearly an in demand bassist, Carlo De Rosa is earning a reputation of very high standards.
Awards:2008 New York State Council of the Arts Composition Commission Grant Recipient.
“The aces in bassist's Carlo De Rosa's Quartet are smashing young tenor saxist Mark Shim and busy pianist Luis Perdomo.” Time Out New York
“The insane virtuosity of Carlo De Rosa on bass (his solo on 'Buena Gente' is quite mindblowing)” - Cathy Gruenfelder, Jazz Improv NY
“De Rosa answers with a truly amazing bass solo.” Budd Kopman, All About Jazz
“Ms. Brachfeld and her percussionist co-leader Wilson “Chembo” Corniel feature a killing rhythm team with an amazing bassist named Carlo De Rosa.” - BLG, Downtown Music Gallery
“The well-traveled bassist Carlo De Rosa showcases original material in this ensemble with the tenor saxophonist Mark Shim, the pianist Luis Perdomo and the drummer Justin Brown.” Nate Chinen, The New York Times
“....the extraordinarily gifted bassist Carlo De Rosa” - Budd Kopman, All About Jazz
“De Rosa, who has an impressive technique, writes dark, muscular and propulsive music.” Budd Kopman, All About Jazz
The Carlo De Rosa Quartet garnered a listing as one of David Adler's Performances Of The Year in the Best of 2006 issue of All About Jazz New York.
Agrazing Maze - At The End Of The Day (Foxhaven) was on David Adler’s list of Albums Of The Year for 2005 in the December, 2005 (No. 44) issue of All About Jazz New York.
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