Sal La Rocca

Sal La Rocca

Instrument: Bass, acoustic | Location: Brussels

“Sal La Rocca is one of Belgium's most well respected and sort after bassist. He says he owes his style to Paul Chambers and Ray Brown; not a bad thing, but listening to this CD Sal has a much edgier and varied palette set of chops plus some special composing skills. With Sal on this CD is Pascal Mohy: Piano, Jacques Schwarz-Bart: Sax, Lorenzo Di Miao: Guitar and Hans Van Oosterhout: Drums. I like Sal's composing; it give the other musicians some great moments to work on and show what they can do without being over stated. On the Igloo Label this is well deserved 5 star album”

—Brian Soundy - UK Jazz Radio

Updated: September 30, 2022

Born: August 20, 1961

Sal La Rocca is originally from Seraing, Belgium, near LIEGE.

He was first a Rock guitarist, but switched to the bass as his instrument of choice after hearing (for the first time) music by several jazz greats. After switching, he taught himself how to play by the age of 23. Over time, he become one of the most "in demand" double bassists in Belgium and in the European theater.

Starting in the mid 80's, Sal has toured and performed with a wide array of musicians on the European continent. The 90's saw him expanding his presence with world tours. His list of celebrity musicians he performed with continued to grow, adding well known names like Lee Konitz, Philippe Catherine and Toots Thielemans to his musical resume. During his career, Sal has recorded on numerous albums.

In 2003, he released his first album "Latinea", included musicians Bruno Castellucci, Peter Hertmans, Kris Goessens and Jacques Pirotton. Around this time, Sal became the official bassist of singer Anne Ducros, playing, recording and touring with her group for several years. He added several jazz greats to his resume, including trumpeter Randy Brecker and pianists Thierry Eliez, Enrico Pieranunzi, Jacky Terrasson and Rene Urtreger.

In 2007, he became the bassist for pop rock group Vaya Con Dios. Sal participated in both a European and world tour with the group.

In 2010, he was bassist for the Steve Grossman Quintet performing at the Dinant Jazz Night Festival. The group featured Steve Grossman, Nico Menci, Alvin Queen, Joe Lovano and Sal.

In 2011, he joined the Gregory Houben Quintet, which was comprised of Gregory Houben (trumpet), Pierrick Pedron (alto sax) and Sal La Rocca (bass). Sal met American singer Denise King through French pianist Olivier Hutman. They formed a trio that performed in what is referred to as the Benelux States (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) and France.

In 2013, Sal released his second album "It Could Be The End" (featuring a number of original compositions) through Igloo Records. The group was comprised of Lorenzo Di Maio, Pascal Mohy, Hans van Oosterhout and Jacques Schwarz-Bart.

New Album 2018 "SHIFTED" - Sal La Rocca’s new album breathes groove and freedom. His modern jazz with captivating sounds is tinged with avant-gardism. Walloon and Flemish, Belgian and Italian, his group is defined by a multiple identity. The project explores a certain duality. First, by the presence of Flemish and Walloon musicians; then, by the apparent opposition between avant-gardism and tradition. Jeroen and Lieven open doors to unexpected sounds and colors. Sal and Pascal are more anchored in the tradition, while remaining permeable to other sounds. This alliance offers open music, with surprising tones, groove background that recall the hard-bop of the 60s.

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“Northern Europe boasts many excellent players, so it’s no surprise to find a quintet this good from the buttoned-up city of Brussels. It’s led by a resonant double bassist, a gifted composer who has a distinctive and hypermodern touch. Two Belgians, guitarist Lorenzo di Maio and pianist Pascal Mohy, contribute elegant solos, but the star turn is really Jacques Schwartz-Bart, a world-class tenorist from Guadeloupe who has toured with US trumpeter Roy Hargrove a few years back. His serpentine lines are always a pleasure to follow but it’s La Rocca’s simple-sounding yet artfully harmonised themes that make this album special

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Publicist

All About Jazz

Management

Christine Verdussen (SAMSA)

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Christine Verdussen (SAMSA)

Christine Verdussen is active in the Brussels publishing world (SAMSA). She also collaborated for many years with the conductor and musician Dominique Jonckheere (1954-2018), both for jazz and rock projects (Bach to rock, Beatles, etc.) and for philharmonic projects (La Musique storytelling, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms) or chamber music. She knows the musical networks where she has made many friendships, which leads her to devote herself to the promotion, distribution, in particular of jazz, classical or mixed musicians.

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Bicycle

From: Shifted
By Sal La Rocca

Last Kiss

From: Shifted
By Sal La Rocca

Waiting (Lieven Venken)

From: Shifted
By Sal La Rocca

RAGGA

From: Shifted
By Sal La Rocca

Cache-Cash

From: Shifted
By Sal La Rocca

Shifted

From: Shifted
By Sal La Rocca

Osuna

From: It Could Be The End
By Sal La Rocca

Lazy Lion

From: It Could Be The End
By Sal La Rocca

It Could Be The End

From: It Could Be The End
By Sal La Rocca

Season Heat

From: It Could Be The End
By Sal La Rocca

Standpoint

From: It Could Be The End
By Sal La Rocca

Crescent (J.Coltrane)

From: It Could Be The End
By Sal La Rocca

Insomnia

From: It Could Be The End
By Sal La Rocca

A Light Wind Blew Through Your Hair

From: Greg Houben Quartet meets...
By Sal La Rocca

Sal La Rocca Albums

Sal La Rocca Tour

Past Concerts

  Wed, Oct 5
Brussels, Belgium
Mdm Quartet
The Music Village
Wed, Oct 5. 8:30 pm
  Sat, Oct 15
Brussels, Belgium
Phil Abraham Quartet
The Music Village
Sat, Oct 15. 8:30 pm
  Wed, Oct 26
Brussels, Belgium
Heptone Colours
Jazz Station
Wed, Oct 26. 8:00 pm
  Wed, Nov 16
Torhout, Belgium
Sabin Todorov Trio
Black Cat
Wed, Nov 16. 8:00 pm
  Thu, Nov 17
Brussels, Belgium
Sabin Todorov Trio
The Music Village
Thu, Nov 17. 8:00 pm
  Thu, Nov 24
Geraardsbergen, Belgium
Sabin Todorov Trio
Het Bruggenhuis
Thu, Nov 24. 8:00 pm
Oct5Wed
Mdm Quartet
The Music Village
Brussels, Belgium
Oct15Sat
Oct26Wed
Heptone Colours
Jazz Station
Brussels, Belgium
Nov16Wed
Sabin Todorov Trio
Black Cat
Torhout, Belgium
Nov17Thu
Nov24Thu
Sabin Todorov Trio
Het Bruggenhuis
Geraardsbergen, Belgium