Ada Rovatti in in concert (sax) with Jill McCarron (piano) and Daryl Johns double bass
Italian native Ada Rovatti started playing saxophone in high school after years of classical piano training.
Winner of a scholarship from Berklee College of Music, she divided her time between Boston -where she studied with Joe Viola, and George Garzone- and Italy, where she was working in Big Bands with guest artists such as: Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker.
After spending one year in Paris, and touring Europe and Africa she moved to New York City. She has performed in important festivals such as JVC Festival in NYC, Rochester Jazz Festival, IAJE, Detroit Jazz Fest, Montreal Jazz Fest appearing and performing with an impressive and diverse list of artists and bands such as: Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Miroslav Vitous, John McLaughlin, James Moody, Anne Ducros, Bob Mintzer, Victor Bailey, Joanne Brackeen, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Vinnie Colaiuta, Jimmy Heath Patti Austin, Dave Weckl, Joe Bonamassa and many more.
In addition to her musical expertise Ada appeared in the movie ‘Mona Lisa Smile’ featuring Julia Roberts.
In 2003 she released her first 2 CDs as a bandleader with the Elephunk Band and with her quartet featuring guests: Randy Brecker, Mike Stern and Don Alias.
She also appears on the Grammy CD by Randy Brecker –“34 th N Lex”–ESC Records (best contemporary jazz Album of 2003) and on the acclaimed CD of John McLaughlin “Industrial Zen”(2006)
Drive magazine raved about this “graceful Italian jazzista” in a CD review of Under the Hat. The Brazilian newspaper “Tribuna De Imprensa”’s critics voted Under the Hat as number one in the “Revelation” category in 2003.
Her 2005 release “Airbop” featured guest artists Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, Don Alias, and in 2006 was nominated by one of the critic of All About Jazz as one of the top Ten CD of the year.
Her latest band leader album ‘Green Factor” is a unique recording with a melting pot of Irish/Celtic/Jazz/Fusion influences, with strong harmonies and sophisticated arrangements, with guest artists such as Adam Rogers, Randy Brecker and Ivan Goff.
She has been a guest in the Thelonious Monk Competition Gala at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC honoring Madeleine Allbright appearing with an all Star Band with Herbie Hancock, Peter Erskine, Mark O’Connor, with guest stars Aretha Franklin and Patti Austin.
Ada has been touring with the Brecker Brother’s Reunion Band and released with the same band a double CD/DVD live @ the Bluenote NYC, and this past year a double CD Live @ Cittaclub in JAPAN.
Her latest project DISGUISE features Randy Brecker, Dean Brown, Adam Rogers, Zach Brock, Anne Drummond, Dana Hawkins, Leo Genovese, Janek Gwizdala, Oli Rockberger.
She is currently working on her new release co-leading with Randy Brecker.