Italian bassist and Mark bass endorser Maurizio Rolli will tour the United States in February, 2011, giving bass clinics and performing tribute concerts to Jaco Pastorius with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra and his own band, which features Otmaro Ruiz on piano, Bob Sheppard on saxophones and drummer Israel Varela.
The itinerary is as follows:
Thurs. Feb. 3 Cleveland, OH
Master class at Wooster College
Performance with Wooster Jazz Ensemble
Sat. Feb. 5 Evanston, IL
Master class at Evanston High School (Time TBD)
Evening performance with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra
Mon. Feb. 7 Chicago, IL
Performance at the International House, University of Chicago, 3 pm
The tour will then continue to Los Angeles (Vitello's), Costa Rica, Panama and Mexico City for performances with the Maurizio Rolli Dream Band.
Maurizio Rolli has become known as a bass virtuoso and skilled arranger working with Peter Erskine, Mike Stern, Bob Mintzer, Hiram Bullock, Jim Hall, Dave Liebman, Alex Acuna, Danny Gottlieb and many others, and arranging for Metropole Orkest, Chaka Khan and Vince Mendoza.
He received international attention for his release Moodswings: A Tribute to Jaco Pastorius (2001), which was named CD of the month" by Bass Player magazine in August, 2002. Within the last year he released Rolli's Tones," featuring metal and rock classics by Rush, Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne and others arranged by Rolli and accompanied by Rolli's Tones Big Band" and a list of jazz superstars including Peter Erskine, Mike Stern, Hiram Bullock, Bob Sheppard and Bob Franceschini.