Born: January 23, 1961 Primary Instrument: Saxophone
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.
Ventrella, began playing saxophone in his hometown of Bari, Italy at age ten. 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....
Awards:Pre-Nomination Grammy Award Contemporary Jazz Best Album 2007.
Tribute To Grover Washington, Jr.
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Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
January 2008 Clinic at Berklee College of Boston, MA. September 2008 Clinic at "Mousikè" - Martina Franca(IT) w/Spajazzy Band
Yamaha YSS61 Soprano sax - Beechler rubber #7