Take Five With Rolando Grooscors
Teachers and/or influences?
I grew up listening to a lot of Brazilian music. Then I discovered Chick Corea's Return To Forever and Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Luiz Bonfa, Robben Ford, Allan Holdsworth, Luis Salinas, Wayne Krantz, Scott Henderson, Vincente Amigo, Paco De Lucia and so many more.p>
I knew I wanted to be a musician when...
When I moved from Venezuela to Ottawa, Canada at age 14 and not being able to speak english I played guitar all day long...I knew right then I wanted to be a musician.
Your sound and approach to music:
I try to listen to as many different styles of music as I can and I'm always open to new ideas and concepts and practice, practice, practice. Always play with your heart.
Your teaching approach:
Learn as many new songs as you can. If possible, learn the bass parts, piano parts, brass and or course guitar parts of as many songs as possible..
Your dream band:
That is a very hard question, so many musicians out there I would love to play with...Allan Holdsworth, John McLaughlin, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Vinnie Colaiuta, Jimmy Johnson, John Patitucci, Richard Bona...The list goes on and on.
Road story: Your best or worst experience:
Best experience has to be without a doubt the first time I played in front of an audience. There is nothing like it. I am truly blessed being able to do what i love.
Scullers in Boston.
Your favorite recording in your discography and why?
I would have to say 'Brasilia.' It has a nice groove and s fun to play. The song 'Yari' is dedicated to my wife. .
The first Jazz album I bought was:
White Rabbit - George Benson
What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically?
My music, and if you do what you love and do it from your heart, the sky is the limit...
Did you know...
I love playing sports and if I am not playing them I am watching them...LOL.
CDs you are listening to now:
Allan Holdsworth - Propensity
Wayne Krantz - 2 Drink Minimum
Keith Jarrett - Yesterdays
Yellowjackets - Yellowjackets
Return to Forever - Romantic Warrior
Desert Island picks:
Same as above.
What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?
More festivals, more jazz radio stations..
What is in the near future?
Hopefully to start a tour in January 2010 with my band and to start working on my new material which I'm really excited about.
If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a:
A music teacher or pro tennis player.