Joe Roccisano

Lucian Joseph "Joe" Roccisano ( born October 5, 1939 in Springfield, Massachusetts, † November 9, 1997 in New York City ) was an American jazz musician (alto saxophone, soprano saxophone and flute) and arranger.

Roccisano in 1963 gained a Bachelor in Music Education at the State University of New York -Potsdam. In 1964 he played in the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under the direction of Sam Donahue, after which he moved to Los Angeles where he worked in the bands of Don Ellis ( 1966-68 ), Ray Charles ( 1967-68 ), Louie Bellson, Lew Tabackin, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Terry Gibbs, Don Menza, Bill Holman and Don Rader played. In 1976, he introduced a private, 15 - piece ensemble together, Rocbop and also played in the band in 1981 by Frank Capp - Nat Pierce Juggernaut.

Roccisano also worked as an arranger for Don Ellis, Bellson, Doc Severinsen and Woody Herman; so he arranged the title "Green Earrings" for Herman album Chick, Donald, Walter, and Woodrow; He was nominated for a Grammy Award. He also composed the title " Tenors of the Time ", the Pete Christlieb and Warne Marsh recordings.

Shortly before his death he took in October 1997 for the label Double Time Album Joe Roccisano Nonet on, among other information, Greg Gisbert, Conrad Herwig, Tim Ries, Bill Charlap and Terry Clarke participated and played arrangements of Roccisano, including an interpretation of the standard " Some Other Time " and Henry Mancini's " Charade ".


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