DRUMMER: RICHARD BARATTA
Richard Baratta, began his musical journey at the age 12, playing sax, flute and drums, and eventually, exclusively drums, playing mostly jazz all through his teens.
From 1975 thru the mid 80’s he played with Hal Galper, Johnny Hartman, John Stubblefield, Mike Richmond, Kyo Kawasaki, Stu Goldberg, The Saheb Sarbib Multinational Big Band, Jack Wilkins, Peter LaBarbara, the Marveletts, and others. In 1984, Baratta decided to alter paths and pursued a movie career.
Since 1984, Baratta has worked on over 50 movies, first as a location manager, then Unit Production Manager, and for the past 15 years as a Co-Producer and Executive Producer. Some of his recent films have been JOKER, Martin Scorsese’s IRISHMAN, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, TAKING OF PELHAM 123, 5 SPIDERMAN movies, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, MAID IN MANHATTAN, AWAKENINGS, BIG and many ,many more.
In 2017 he decided to return to his roots and main love and began performing music again, as well as producing films. In the past year he has played with Eric Alexander, Vincent Herring, Walter Blanding, Marcus Printup, Gerald Cannon, Bill O’Connell, Emmett Cohen, Mike LeDonne, Jerry Weldon, Rogerrio Bocatto, Dave Kikoski, Mike Goetz, Paul Bollenback, Dave Stryker, Pat Bianchi,etc.
In 2019 Baratta released his new CD, COMEBACK, a live recording of Latin/Jazz.
PIANIST: BILL O’CONNELL
A veteran jazz pianist from New York City, Bill O’Connell is gifted soloist and bandleader known for his long-running Latin jazz big band. Born in New York City on August 22, 1953, O’Connell grew up in suburban Port Washington, Long Island. He studied classical piano at Oberlin College in Ohio.
O’Connell has worked as a sideman with such luminaries as tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins and the late trumpeter Chet Baker. However, he does have his share of Latin credentials; New York trumpeter Jerry Gonzalez’s Fort Apache Band and has crossed paths with flutist Dave Valentin, Argentinean tenor saxophonist Gato Barbieri, and the late Cuban percussion master Mongo Santamaria.
As a leader, O’Connell debuted in 1978 with an LP titled Searching, for the small Inner City label He then joined longtime associate flutist Dave Valentin’s band, touring and recording for several years. O’Connell also continued working with Valentin, and played on albums by Charles Fambrough, Jon Lucien, and others. He currently teaches at Rutgers University and is busy playing, recording, and touring.
SAXAPHONIST: VINCENT HERRING
Saxophonist Vincent Herring’s intense, soulful, multi-noted style and ebullient swing have excited audiences worldwide. On stage, Herring and his band often make an incendiary sound over fine and controlled rhythms of modern times.
Vincent started playing saxophone at the age of 11 in school bands and studying privately at Dean Frederick’s School of Music in Vallejo, CA. At the age of 16, Herring was studying at California State University at Chico on a music scholarship. A year later he had won a berth in the United States Military Academy Band at West Point.
Vincent moved to New York City in early 1980’s attending Long Island University. He first toured in the United States and Europe as part of the Lionel Hampton Big Band. With his sound strongly influenced by Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, Vincent’s virtuosity and promise came to the attention of Nat Adderley. The two forged a nine-year musical relationship, producing nine albums and touring around the world year after year. Vincent worked and recorded with Cedar Walton for more than 20 years.
He has also appeared on stage and or recordings with Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Hayes, Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, Horace Silver Quintet, Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition, Larry Coryell, Steve Turre, The Mingus Big Band (Won a Grammy in 2010), Kenny Barron, Nancy Wilson, Dr. Billy Taylor, Carla Bley, Mike LeDonne, Carl Allen, Ron McClure, and John Hicks among others. His extensive guest soloist appearances include performances with Wynton Marsalis at Lincoln Center and Jon Faddis and The Carnegie Hall Big Band.
Vincent’s discography reveals over 20 titles as a leader and over 250 as a sideman. His current and past projects speak to the wide range of his musical interest and versatility: The Vincent Herring-Joris Dudli’s Soul Jazz Alliance, Earth Jazz Agents, Friendly Fire with Vincent Herring and Eric Alexander. Vincent leads a band called Jazz The Story with Jon Faddis, Jeremy Pelt, Steve Turre, James Carter, Eric Alexander, Mike LeDonne, Kenny Davis, Carl Allen and Nicolas Bearde.
Vincent tours frequently with his projects around the in the United States, Europe, Japan, China and around the world. Vincent continues to share his distinct voice and musical knowledge, as a performer and jazz educator. He is currently on staff at William Paterson University and at Manhattan School of Music.
GUITARIST: PAUL BOLLENBACK
Award-winning jazz guitarist Paul Bollenback developed a taste for the exotic over the course of a three-year period when his family lived in India. He was 11 years old when the family traveled to New Delhi, and years later the sounds and experiences of that early journey found their way into his first album from Challenge Records, Original Visions. His next release, Double Gemini, continued to stir up a buzz among critics, and it drew honors as CD of the Month from both WBGO, a Newark jazz station, and 20th Century Jazz Magazine. Bollenback remained with Challenge for his next project, Soul Grooves.
At the age of 14, the budding guitarist headed home to the states with his family, where he discovered the delights of rock & roll. Around this time he started to play the electric guitar, another gift from his dad. When he discovered Miles Davis, it was a major turning point in his musical development.
Bollenback’s education includes music studies at the University of Miami. He continued his studies with eight more years of private instruction under the tutelage of Asher Zlotnik in Baltimore. In 1993, the year that he embarked on a European tour, he received a National Endowment for the Arts grant, in conjunction with the Virginia Commission on the Arts, for “New Music for Three Jazz Guitars.” The Washington Area Music Awards dubbed him Musician of the Year in 1997, the same year that he joined the music faculty at American University. SESAC honored two of his original pieces, “Romancin’ the Moon” and “Wookies’ Revenge,” both of which were included on the album Reboppin’ by Joey DeFrancesco, who returned the favor by appearing on Bollenback’s Soul Grooves.
The Litchfield Jazz Festival Summer Music School installed Bollenback as artist-in-residence. He also is a featured artist on the bill of the Summer Guitar & Bass Workshop offered by Duquesne University. The guitarist has performed on numerous television programs, among them Entertainment Tonight, The Tonight Show, The Today Show, Joan Rivers, and Good Morning America. He has shared the stage with a long list of musical artists, including Charlie Byrd, Arturo Sandoval, Herb Ellis, Stanley Turrentine, Spyro Gyra’s Scott Ambush, and Della Reese.
BASSIST: MICHAEL GOETZ
Michael Goetz (bass) – Michael has worked with saxophonist Ira Sullivan, Steve Slagle, trumpeter Pete Minger, bassist Ron Carter, singer Alice Day, guitarist Vic Juris, Joe Puma, Richard Baratta, composer and multi-instrumentalist David Amram, as well as the Glenn Miller Big Band and Lou Anderson Big Band. He has played various types of jazz throughout the metropolitan area at clubs such as the Angry Squire, the 55 Bar and Michaels Pub, Smalls, BB Kings, and Iridium Jazz Club, The Astor Room, as well as recording for various jingles on T.V., film (Snake Eyes, Twilight) and radio. His ability to assimilate into any musical genre makes him a first call for many musical events. Michael has a B.M. degree in jazz and studio music from the University of Miami, and a M.F.A. degree in jazz performance from SUNY Purchase.
PERCUSSIONIST: ROGERIO BOCCATO:
Brazilian percussionist, drummer and educator Rogerio Boccato has played with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Hermeto Pascoal, Milton Nascimento, Cláudio Roditi, Egberto Gismonti, João Bosco, Joe Zawinul, John McLaughlin and Dionne Warwick, among many others, and is a longtime percussionist with the Jazz Symphony Orchestra of the São Paulo State.
Recently relocated from Sao Paulo to the New York area, Rogerio appears on percussion on Kenny Garrett’s latest CD (Beyond the Wall – Nonesuch Records) and in a collaboration project by George Benson and Toninho Horta recorded in Sao Paulo.
As a sideman he has played with Dave Stryker, Steve Davis, David Berkman, Dena DeRose, Vana Gierig and Paul Bollenback, and with top ranking Brazilian artists such as Toninho Horta, Dori Caymmi, Moacir Santos, Rique Pantoja, Zizi Possi, Jane Duboc, André Mehmari, Roberto Sion, Arismar do Espírito Santo and Nailor Azevedo “Proveta”.
He has been presenting clinics on Brazilian music, focusing on the traditional Brazilian rhythms and styles applied to the drum set and to Jazz combo. These clinics have been enthusiastically received at universities around the United States and Portugal. The Litchfield Jazz Festival Summer Music School installed Boccato as artist-in-residence since 2001. He has also been on the faculty of The State University of Campinas (Brazil) since 2000.
PERCUSSIONIST: PAUL ROSSMAN
Paul Rossman, percussionist, is not new to the world of music. He has studied with Frank Colon, Bobby Sanabria, and Norman Headman to name a few.
He has performed with Don McLean, Joel Rosenblatt, Bernard Purdie, Tomas Lopez, Roger Squitero, Bill O’Connell, Guilherme Franco, Paul Bollenback,
etc, and is currently working with Richard Baratta. Paul enjoys playing various genres of music. He lives in the Hudson Valley and has worked and recorded
with numerous musicians in the Tri-State area.