Rocco John New CD Peace And Love A Tribute To Will Connell + Upcoming Appearances

New CD
Rocco John Peace And Love
A Tribute To Will Connell
(Unseen Rain UR9932)
Street Date: March 3, 2017

Rocco John Iacovone-alto and soprano saxophones, piano
Ras Moshe Burnett-bells, tenor saxophone
Sana Nagano-violin
Michael Lytle-bass clarinet
Rich Rosenthal-guitar
Phil Sirois-double bass
John Pietaro-percussion
Dalius Naujo-drums

Track 1- Aurora Borealis 23'11
Track 2-Evolutions 16'27
Track 3-What if the moon were made out of Jazz 22'30

All compositions by Rocco John Iacovone
Recorded and mixed by -Andrew Marcinkowski
Recorded live at THE STONE, NYC
Mixed and mastered by Jim DeSalvo at Beanstudio, Wayne, NJ
Cover Art & Graphics Denise Iacovone & Qua's Eye Graphix
UPC code: 783583260800

Will Connell lived his music. One day, on the way home from a gig, Will turned to me and said, " Man, the world has got to hear your music. The world NEEDS to hear your music." Then he gave me a slot in a residency he was curating at John Zorn's place, The Stone. That's how Will was. As we got closer to Christmas week, I emailed him about rehearsal. He didn't respond. I called him. No response. Very unlike Will. I later received a call from Ras Moshe Burnett telling me Will was in the hospital. A routine procedure had gone wrong. Will was in a coma and passed a few days later.

The residency went on as planned. The air was heavy, but filled with love and respect. The Stone was packed with standing room only for the entire week. This performance was recorded live. Will used to sign his emails, "Peas and Lub" and so this CD, Peace and Love is dedicated with much love to the spirit of Will Connell.

Rocco has built a career that straddles his early influences of "in" versus "out ". Recognizing the rich and vibrant community of New York improvisatory musicians, Rocco started the Improvisational Composers Ensemble (ICE) as an outlet for music that features improvisation as a major compositional element. PEACE AND LOVE is his fourth album as leader/composer and his second on the UR label along with EMBRACE THE CHANGE.

"Rocco John Iacovone draws from a deep well for his musical inspiration, with sources as diverse as Eric Dolphy, JS Bach, Charlie Parker and Nadia Boulanger. "Terrell Holmes, All about Jazz

"Saxophonist Rocco John has studied with Sam Rivers and Lee Konitz and his distinctly apparent ability to both compose and improvise in the Jazz idiom clearly reflects the lessons learned from these masters." Russ Musto, All About jazz

Upcoming Gigs:

March 18, 2017-Rocco John Quartet-Caffe Vivaldi, 6:00-8:00 pm
with Chris Forbes-p, Lucas McCrosson-b, and Tom Cabrera-d

April 15, 6:00-8:00 pm, the Rocco John Quartet at the Caffe Vivaldi.

May 1 thru May 4, 2017-Filamonica Laudamo, Messina, Italy.
I have been commissioned to give a four day workshop on Improvisation for Orchestral Musicians for the Filarmonica Laudamo in Messina, Italy.

Pariciipants include Orchestral Musicians and will cover traditional improvisation as well as free improvisation. The workshops will take place at the Sala Contilli of Teatro Vittorio Emanuele in Messina. The workshops culminate in a concert on May 4. at the Filmonica Laudamo. First part of the concert with the participants and the second part of the evening I will perform with Luciano Troja-piano (director of the Filamonica), Giancarlo Mazzu-guitar, and Blaise Siwula-sax/clarinet.

May 5, 2017-concert-Palermo, Italy with the quartet mentioned above for Curva Minore Season - A very nice outlet for contemporary music.

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