Ada Rovatti - saxophonist, composer, arranger
Italian native Ada Rovatti started playing saxophone in high school after years of classical piano training.
After winning a scholarship from Berklee College of Music in Italy she divided herself between Boston where she studied with Joe Viola, 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 touring Europe and Africa she moved in new York City. She has performed in important festivals such as JVC in NYC Rochester Jazz Festival, IAJE, Detroit Jaz z Fest, appearing and performing with an impressive and diverse list of artists and bands such as: Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Miroslav Vitous, John McLaughlin, Anne Ducros, Bob Mintzer, Victor Bailey, Rodney Holmes, Joanne Brackeen, Eddie Henderson, and many others. 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 with guests: Randy Brecker, Mike Stern and Don Alias.
She also appears on the Grammy winner Cd by Randy Brecker –“34 th N Lex”–ESC Records (best contemporary jazz Album of 2003) and on the new acclaimed Cd of John McLaughlin “ Industrial Zen”(2006)
Drive magazine raved about this “graceful Italian jazzista” in a recent CD review of Under the Hat.
Critics voted Under the Hat as number one in the “Revelation” category of the 2003 in the Brazilian newspaper “Tribuna De Imprensa ”
She just released her new Cd “Airbop” with guest artists : Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, Don Alias, and many more.
In 2006 ‘AIRBOP” has been nominated in by a poll by All About Jazz as one of the top Ten Cd.
“In 2003, a bright new voice made her recording debut as a leader. Ada Rovatti is a fluent post-bop tenor and soprano saxophonist with attractive sounds on her instruments, a creative improvising style, and plenty of spirit.” - All Music Guide
“…Rovatti’s warm-toned confidence must surely light up the stage whenever she is in town. Magical.” All About Jazz USA
“A successful debut . . .” - All About Jazz: Italy
“…Under The Hat reveals a technically fluent and music improviser” JazzTimes Magazine
“Whether burning down the house (on the swinging “Fourth Step”) or persuading earnestly (on the gorgeous “Where is Home”), Rovatti’s voice is a fresh addition that should garner her much-deserved respect. – All About Jazz Usa
“ . . . extremely natural, flowing, energetic.” – Jazz Convention
“It’s the best of the classic and the best of the new.” - Jazz Review
…”Under the Hat by saxist Ada Rovatti is an energy infused collection of straight-ahead mastery” Jazz Review
“- Under The Hat-…. Highly Recommended” –Cadence May 2004
“She is one highly talented lady - playing tenor and soprano saxes with a fluency and fund of exciting ideas that\\\'s most impressive. “EuropeClub De Jazz 2004
“A noteworthy disc that convinced me she\\\'s a talented performer and composer.” –
“ (Airbop) One of the top mainstream sets of the year” AllaboutJazz – June 2005
“…It\\\'s no surprise that she would be in demand, since her recordings show her to be a top-notch saxophonist and an excellent composer.” Jazztimes Magazine – October 2005
“ …perhaps the only thing that rivals her beauty is her extraordinary ability on the tenor and soprano saxophones”….Every tune on this album (airbop) is a gem”- Jazz Improv September 2005