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Ada Rovatti

Italian native Ada Rovatti started playing saxophone in high school after years of classical piano training.

After winning a scholarship from Berklee College of Music in Italy she divided herself between Boston where she studied with Joe Viola, George Garzone and Fred Lipsius and Italy where she was regular working in Big Band with guest artists such as:  Phil Woods, Lee Konitz and many more.

 After spending one year in Paris touring Europe and Africa she moved in New York City. She has performed in important festivals  such as JVC in NYC Rochester Jazz Festival, IAJE, Detroit Jazz Fest, Montreal Jazz Fest, San Francisco Jazz Fest, NorthSea Jazz Fest and a regular on the JazzCruise, appearing  and performing with an impressive and diverse list of artists and bands such as: Mike Stern, John McLaughlin,  Anne Ducros, Bob Mintzer, Victor Bailey, Joanne Brackeen, Tony Levin, John McLaughlin , James Moody, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Heath, Patti Austin, Joe Bonamassa and many others.

In 2003 she released her first 2 CDs as a bandleader with the Elephunk Band and with her quartet with guests: Randy Brecker, Mike Stern and Don Alias.

Ada was part of 2 Grammy winning CDs by Randy Brecker –“34 th N Lex” and “Rocks” with NDR Big Band along with David Sanborn,  and on the acclaimed CD of John McLaughlin  “Industrial Zen” and also appeared in the movie ‘Mona Lisa Smile’ featuring Julia Roberts

As a band leader she has released 6 CDs: Ada Rovatti & The Elephunk Band, Under The Hat, Airbop, Green Factor, Disguise and Brecker Plays Rovatti -Sacred Bond.

She has toured with the Brecker Brothers Band Reunion with whom she recorded a live double DVD/CD from the Bluenote Jazz Club in NYC.

In 2021 she was invited as a guest to perform with the WDR Big Band of Cologne, Germany in a special concert titled “4 tenors” along with Bob Mintzer, Bob Malach and Paul Heller.

In the last couple years she has been extendedly touring and recording for various artists, arranging and producing and working on her new upcoming project to be release in January 2024 introducing her also as songwriter and string orchestrator with special guests Niki Haris, Kurt Elling and many more.

Gear

PMauriat Saxophone Raphael Navarro Mouthpiece Vandoren ZZ Reeds


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“…Rovatti’s warm-toned confidence must surely light up the stage whenever she is in town. Magical.” --All About Jazz

Primary Instrument

Saxophone

Location

New York City

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Music

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Brazilian Match

Jazz Station Records
2023

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Holz-Stathis:...

MVD Audio
2023

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Freedom

Self Produced
2022

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Stories

Autumn Hill Records
2021

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Unify

ARC - Artists Recording Collective
2021

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Brecker Plays...

Piloo Records and Productions LLC
2019

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Andar Descalço (Barefoot) feat. Randy Brecker

From: Brazilian Match
By Ada Rovatti

In the Grove of the Jacarandas

From: Brazilian Match
By Ada Rovatti

Bubbles

From: Sheroes
By Ada Rovatti

Any Way

From: The Runner Up
By Ada Rovatti

Moving Forward

From: Disguise
By Ada Rovatti

Salt Water

From: The Runner Up
By Ada Rovatti

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