SAL LA ROCCA Quartet at Jazz Zottegem
February 22, 2019
Jazz on Sunday with Sal La Rocca 4tet
New Album 2018
Sal La Rocca’s new album breathes groove and freedom. His modern jazz with captivating sounds is tinged with avant-gardism. Therefore Walloon and Flemish, Belgian and Italian, his group is defined by a multiple identity. Self-taught musician, Sal La Rocca is one of Belgium’s most popular bassists. For more than thirty years, he has been traveling around Europe alongside renowned musicians. He accompanied Toots Thielemans, Philip Catherine, Steve Grossman and Lee Konitz, like among others. After two albums as a leader, he recorded in 2017 ’Shifted’, his new record that he will present at this concert.
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. Because this alliance offers open music, with surprising tones, groove background that recall the hard-bop of the 60s.
Sal La Rocca (d.bass)
Pascal Mohy (piano & Wurlitzer)
Lieven Venken (drums)
Jeroen Van Herzeele (t. & s. sax)
Contact Jazz on Sunday / Jazz Zottegem
Locatie Jazz on Sunday:
Kasteelstraat 30, 9620 Zottegem
About Sal La Rocca
Sal La Rocca – Initially briefly interested in guitar rock, besides that he discovered the jazz genre in the early 1980s. Sal traded the guitar for the bass and taught himself the jazz idiom, inspired by the importantly model of Paul Chambers. La Rocca tirelessly built on his abilities as a musician, and it did not take long before he was noticed playing alongside Toots THIELEMANS, Philip CATHERINE, Steve GROSSMAN, Lee KONITZ, Dani KLEIN featuring Vaya Con Dios…