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A native of the South of Italy, Rocco Ventrella grew
up in Bari, and began playing saxophone at age
fourteen, inspired by some jazz records his father
had given to him… and that music hit home! …fast
forward to 1998… Rocco begins his love affair with
Smooth Jazz music and starts to record some
tracks to explore this new musical style.
In 2005, Rocco recorded, arranged and produced
the CD “Tribute To Grover Washington, Jr.” in
memory of the late, great saxophone player. This
remarkable CD originally contained only three tracks:

“Winelight”, “Let It Flow”, “Make Me A Memory”,
(“Mr. Grover” and “Come Morning” were added
in 2006) but it was instrumental in making Rocco
a household name on Smooth Jazz stations across
the Internet! Ventrella continued to create new
recordings featuring his own compositions, including
the soulful and haunting “I Receive Your Love”.
The Tribute CD and “I Receive Your Love” brought
Rocco to the attention of American producer Bruce
Nazarian (Anita Baker, Millie Scott, The Automatix),
and an international alliance was born!
The product of that collaboration, a new CD called
“Give Me The Groove” is a unique global
collaboration, joining together Rocco Ventrella from
Italy, his longtime friend Renato Falaschi from
France, and producer/multiinstrumentalist
Bruce Nazarian from the USA in a smooth, yet funky
showcase for Rocco’s performing and writing talents.
After hearing an early copy of the
CD, Jimi King, Smooth Jazz Programme Director


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