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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 Italy where she was working in Big Bands with guest artists such as: Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker.

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 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 two 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 the Grammy winner CD by Randy Brecker –“34 th N Lex” 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 5 Cds: Ada Rovatti & The Elephunk Band – For Rent (2003),Under The Hat (2003) Airbop (2006) Green Factor (2009) and Disguise (2014).

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.

She just finished recording her new recording co-leading with Randy Brecker “Brecker Plays Rovatti” to be released mid 2019.


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“….Her music is very forward-looking with complex chords, rhythms that combine together straight ahead with funkier grooves, and ad- vanced post bop solos. Her music is consistently passionate yet just melodic enough to be a bit accessible. …. ….Ada Rovatti starts Chaplin’s “Smile” with three minutes of unaccompanied tenor that is quite impressive. Overall, Disguise is a strong showcase for Adi Rovatti’s writing and her tenor and soprano playing. She continues to grow in depth and power each year. Jazzimprov What we have here is a highly creative player that knows how to stay on message that doesn’t have to take a back seat to any one. Did we mention she’s been kicking it pretty hard with all your fave fusion cats for over the last decade? She has. Well done. Chris Spector www.midwestrecord.com

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Primary Instrument



New York City

Sonny Rollins
Bob Berg
Michael Brecker
saxophone, tenor
John Coltrane
Bob Mintzer
Hank Mobley
saxophone, tenor


Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


Self Produced



Autumn Hill Records



ARC - Artists Recording Collective


Brecker Plays...

Piloo Records and Productions LLC



Whaling City Sound



Piloo Records and Productions LLC



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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saxophone, tenor
Jaleel Shaw
saxophone, alto
Donny McCaslin
saxophone, tenor
Joel Frahm
saxophone, tenor
Marcus Strickland
clarinet, bass
Bobby Wellins
saxophone, tenor
Richard Underhill
saxophone, alto
Rick Margitza
saxophone, tenor

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