Posts Tagged ‘Sal La Rocca’

Saint Jazz ten noode, a jazz festival in the heart of Brussels 12-13 sept. 2014

In Festivals, jazz on September 9, 2014 at 8:40 am

Dear friends,

It’s my pleasure to announce you that Brussels, the capital of Europe, will move with jazz rhythms next week-end.

The smallest commune of Brussels, Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, changes her name into Saint Jazz ten noode, because everything will be do-be-do-be-do :-).

Please find here the program. One of my favorites is Sal La Rocca, he is one of the best double bass players in Belgium.

Enjoy !



Winter Jazz Festival (Brussels-Belgium)

In Festivals on January 17, 2013 at 11:42 pm

Dear friends,

When snow covers houses and parks and cold Siberian air goes under -12°C, it is winter in Belgium !

Time for a fantastic jazz festival 🙂 !

The 6th edition of the Winter Jazz festival is absolutely amazing !!!

Among others : Sal La Rocca has built up a pedigree of jazz experience, both at home in Belgium and abroad, playing alongside Toots, Philip Catherine, Nathalie Loriers, Dani Klein and Anne Ducros. On the international jazz scene, Jef Neve has long been synonymous with virtuosity and charm. He has produced a CD with Jose James and made one of the most beautiful version of “Autumn in New York” I know. Discover all the other musicians and jazz bands on the program !

And, last but not least, you have the opportunity to listen to the world famous Brussels Philharmonic which won an Oscar for the soundtrack of the famous film “The Artist”.

Enjoy !



Free jazz evening in Brussels (Woluwe): October 6th 2012

In Festivals, jazz on October 4, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Dear friends,

Here is another opportunity to listen to free jazz concerts in small cafés, library, restaurants… Each year, Woluwe (part of Brussels) offers us a great evening with great  musicians ( for example, the talented saxophonist Toine Thys or the incredible double bass player Sal La Rocca ). Pianists, singers, drum players, guitarist… The choice is yours ! There are 3 concerts periods 9 pm, 10 pm, 11 pm. Have a look at the program of what happens on October 6th 2012:


Enjoy !




Jazz Internet Site : JazzTimes

In Websites for promotion on June 11, 2012 at 9:51 am

Dear friends,

JazzTimes has a site on which you can subscribe to receive ten issues annually, and the Annual Jazz Education Guide. It’s also a way to promote your creation. What will you see on this site :

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Who’s recording what and with whom? What are the latest releases and reissues? Who’s booked to perform at your favorite jazz festival? What’s the latest word in books, films, TV, cyberspace? You’ll find the answers to these and many other questions in every issue of JazzTimes.

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Throughout the year JazzTimes focuses on a specific instrument–saxophone or guitar, for example–and devotes extensive editorial coverage to the subject.

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Readers Poll and Critics Picks

Look for exemple at the profile of Sal La Rocca (Belgian double bass player):

Artist of the Month : Sal La Rocca (Belgium)

In Artist of the Month on December 15, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Shared by Céline DAVID, written by Sal La Rocca

After a stint with rock playing guitar, at age 23, Sal LA ROCCA discovers jazz in the early 80’s and switches to double bass which he intensively explores on his own, taking as a model Paul CHAMBERS. It is aside Jacques PELZER that he meets and plays with Jon EARDLEY.

– 1986, he works with French pianist Michel GRAILLIER (Fr.) and American drummer Leo MITCHELL (US).

Steve GROSSMAN (t.sax) hires him, together in 1987, for a tour in the Benelux and south of France, to appear in the major Festivals.

– In 1988, he is hired for a 6 weeks tour in Singapore as a member of the Steve HOUBEN (a.sax) band, with Jacques PIROTTON (gt) and Rick HOLLANDER (drs) to play at the “jazz club” there.
That same year he tours Germany with John THOMAS (gt),us. Sal is invited to replace Riccardo DEL FRA (bass) within an international quintet with Ack VAN ROOYEN (tp), at the Montreux festival playing with the Mikesch VAN GRUMMER (p) quintet, Christopher HIRSON

– In 1990, he plays with Sal NISTICO (t.sax), Jacques PELZER (a.sax) and Mal WALDRON (p) at Gouvy jazz festival.

– In 1991, member of “Raffaela RENZULLI (voc.) Ensemble” with Charlie MARIANO (a.sax).

– 1994, tours with Pierre VAIANA (s.sax), Salvatore BONAFEDE (p) and Dre PALLEMAERTS (drs) as well as with Harold LAND (t.sax), Mike DEL FERRO (p) and Hans VAN OOSTERHOUT (drs).
– Participated in the Liege festival with Dave TURNER (a.sax), Vic VOGEL (p) and Felix SIMTAINE (drs), their appearance was recorded by Belgian television.

– 1995, concerts in France and Belgium with Lee KONITZ (a.sax), Jean-francois PRINS (gt) and Bruno CASTELLUCCI (drs), and a live CD. Participation in the Montreal Festival with the trio of Nathalie LORIERS (p).

– 1996, a week tour in Syria and Jordan, with Nathalie LORIERS Trio at the occasion of the 1st Euro-Arab jazz festival “Jazz Caravan ’96”, followed with a tour, with Lee KONITZ (a.sax), Bruno CASTELLUCCI (drs) JF PRINS (gt) and Judy NIEMACK (voc.) in Corsica. He joins the Bruno CASTELLUCCI Stringtet with Erwin VANN (t.sax), Michel HERR or Eric LEGNINI (p) and a string quartet. (1 CD)

– 1997 With Nathalie LORIERS Trio in Quebec, with Philip CATHERINE as guest, with Ivan PADUART (p) Quartet, guest Toots THIELEMANS,

– 1999, live CD with Toots THIELEMANS (Palais des Congres)

– 2000, Irland, Romania, Benelux…. with, Toots THIELEMANS “quartet”

– 2001, CD recording with Anne Ducros (voc.) “quintet” with Gordon BECK (p) Didier LOCKWOOD (v., tp.) – Bruno CASTELLUCCI (dr)

– 2002-2003, Benelux tour with : Steve HOUBEN (a.s.) / Gordon BECK (p).

– 2003 : Few concerts with Philip CATHERINE “trio”. International tour with : Anne DUCROS “quartet”. CD rec. “Close your eyes” Anne DUCROS + guest. On tour with Nathalie LORIERS “trio” (Japan , Brazil). As a leader, Sal LA ROCCA presents his own quintet, of which a first album came out in 2003, titled “LATINEA”.

– 2004, Emirate Tour with : Stanley JORDAN (gt) “trio” – Bobby DURHAM (drs)

– 2005, CD recording with Anne DUCROS “PIANO, piano” / Personnel : Chick COREA – Jacky TERRASSON – Enrico PIERANUNZI – Rene URTREGER… + Guest : Bob FRANCESCHINI (t.sax). On tour with : Anne DUCROS “quartet” : Olivier HUTMAN (p), H. VAN OOSTERHOUT (drs) + guests : Randy BRECKER (tp) – Bob FRANCESCHINI (t.sax) – etc… Italy tour with Philip CATHERINE / Nathalie LORIERS “quartet”. And with Philip CATHERINE “trio” (Tunis, Bulgaria, France, Germany…)

– 2006, “Jazz a Liege” with Steve HOUBEN “trio” + Richie BEIRACH (p), (recorded by Belgian TV). He is now a member of VAYA CON DIOS (band) with Dani KLEIN, and a live DVD.

– 2007, International Tour with V.C.D….( Russia, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, ect….). CD recording with : Olivier HUTMAN (quartet). Olivier HUTMAN (p), Jasques sCHWARZ-BART (t.sax), Hans Van OOSTERHOUT (drs). CD rec. April 2008 “apres un reve” With : Julie MOSSAY/Gregory HOUBEN. 2 concerts with Bob Moover “quartet”: Bob Moover (a.sax), Roni Ben Hur (guit.), Steve Williams (drums)

– 2010 2 CD’s (Comme on est venu + Bonus Live) with “VAYA CON DIOS” featuring: Dani KLEIN + European Tour

– 2011 CD with “G.Houben/P.Pedron 5tet +Belgian tour:  G.Houben (tp), P.Pedron (a.sax), P.Mohy (p), Sal La Rocca (b), Rick Hollander (drs). Belgium & Lux. tour with Denise King (US) + Olivier Hutman “trio”. D.King (voc), O.Hutman (p), S.La Rocca (b), H.Van Oosterhout (drs). Jazz a Liege fest. with Jacques Schwarz-Bart The Quartet. J. Schwarz-Bart (ts), B.Trottignon, (p) S.La Rocca (b) L. Parker (dms). Steve Grossman (US) Two Tenors Quintet at: “Dinant jazz night” fest.  S.Grossman (ts), V.Pontrandolfo (ts), N.Menci (p), S.La Rocca (b), Alvin Queen (dm)