Berklee Summer Concert SeriesRocco and the Stompers

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Monday / August 3, 2009 / 5:00 p.m.
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
United States
Rocco and the Stompers

Boston-based all-star octet, Rocco and the Stompers, merges the traditional 1930s Swing Era sound with contemporary arrangements and compositions. Formed in 2008, the group's focus has been to actively write and arrange material that lends itself to exciting live performances. With one sensational full length studio recording under its belt, the Stompers are quickly turning the heads of jazz audiences.

A Rocco and the Stompers show typically consists of swing covers, ranging from well-known hits like Benny Goodman's "Sing Me A Swing Song" to hidden gems like Duke Ellington's "Rendezvous With Rhythm." Along with flawless transcriptions, the Stompers play original arrangements of modern tunes like "Master of Puppets," (Metallica) "Casino Night Zone," (Sonic the Hedgehog 2) and "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" (Daft Punk), all arranged in the style of the great writers, such as Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, and Artie Shaw. The group also performs a collection of original compositions that blur the line between the swing era and beyond.

The music is brought to life by some of New England's top musicians: John Replogle (trumpet), Mark Zaleski (alto sax, clarinet), Chris Gagne (trombone), Ben Whiting (baritone sax), Juan Andres Ospina (piano), Katie Thiroux (bass, vocals), and Matt Witek (drums). Group members have toured around the world, collectively playing with artists such as Danilo Perez, Kendrick Oliver and the New Life Jazz Orchestra, Benny Golson, Dave Brubeck, Slide Hampton, Christian McBride, Michel Camilo, Joe Lovano, Jethro Tull, Bennie Maupin, Chick Corea and George W. Russell Jr.