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Sal La Rocca

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

TRACK OF THE DAY

Cache-Cash

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Label: Igloo Records & El Negocito Records
Released: 2018
Duration: 05:11

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Popular Tracks: 2019

Read "Popular Tracks: 2019" reviewed by Michael Ricci

All About Jazz tracks how often a featured song is heard, and the following represent the most popular in 2019. If you missed them the first time around, give them a listen now, and enjoy! After the Rain Teodross Avery After the Rain: A Night for Coltrane

Lieven Venken

Raised in Belgium in an environment full of music, Lieven Venken began playing the violin at the age of four. Soon he expanded his training to include percussion, which, while he excelled as a vocalist and violinist, became his primary focus and love. Lieven then entered Belgium's "Lemmensinstuut", studying with world reknowned jazz drummer h Dré PALLEMAERTS. He graduted in '99 "cum laude". He also studied in Amsterdam with Kees CRANENBURG and with Billy HART (New York). Private lessons, Billy HART, Brian BLADE, Jorge ROSSY, jazz drums New York 1997 Summer camp, jazz drums by Billy HART, ensemble by Mark LEVINE, jazz drums, ensemble Dworp, Belgium Aug.1997, Aug

TRACK OF THE DAY

Shifted

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Label: Igloo Records & El Negocito Records
Released: 2018
Duration: 04:21

Maayan Smith

Jerusalem native, Maayan Smith started his musical studies at the age of 9 and was quickly recognized as a talent to look out for. He found guidance and a mentor in prof. Gersh Geller at the Jerusalem Conservatory mastering the classical style of saxophone and winning numerous scholarships, awrards and competitions. He continued his studies with prof. Geller thorough high school and has recieved his Bachelor of music degree from the Jerusalem Music Academy for classical perfomance in 2006. Since 1998 Maayan has been a member of the Jerusalem Saxophone Quartet, exploring his interest in chamber music and ensemble playing

Igor Gehenot

The pianist Igor Gehenot started classical piano studies from an early age. At 13 he enters the jazz section of the royal academy of Liège and at 19 the conservatory of Maastricht. He enters the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in 2009 for two years, where he studies among others with Eric Legnini, and starts his own trio with Sam Gerstmans on double bass and drummer Teun Verbruggen. The trio led by Igor Gehenot won the Sabam’s youth jazz award in 2011. The recognition was justified. The pianist, born in 1989, has progressively established himself as a major talent on the Belgian and European scenes. After recording the first album «Road Story» (Igloo New talents, 2012), Igor toured extensively in Belgium and elsewhere (Jazz A Vienne, Mexico Festival…). In 2014, he presented the new album «Motion», still featuring Verbruggen on drums but with Philippe Aerts as the new partner on double bass

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Live From Brussels: Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, Sal La Rocca, Igor Gehenot, Diederniko Kummsels & Makas

Read "Live From Brussels: Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, Sal La Rocca, Igor Gehenot, Diederniko Kummsels & Makas" reviewed by Martin Longley

Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège Bozar January 9, 2019 Much of this evening's programme featured compositions that are probably of interest to jazzers, particularly with the presence of George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein, although Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber will doubtless have more crossover appeal than most composers. There was ...

Shifted

Label: Igloo Records & El Negocito Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Shifted; Waiting; Psalm; Wise One; Bicycle; Cache-Cash; Ragga; Syndrome; Last Kiss.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sal La Rocca: SHIFTED

Read "SHIFTED" reviewed by James Fleming

The saxophone lines snake out of the speakers, rustling the airwaves like a breeze through firs or singing with all the lyricism of the finest vocalist. The double bass's hardwood lays a strong foundation. The electricity of the Wurlitzer piano growls atop that age-old sound, like a lightning storm rolling over treetops. Sal La Rocca's Shifted ...


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