Roberto Occhipinti has gathered some of the most highly-accomplished young players on Toronto’s thriving jazz scene for the debut of a new quintet.
The quintet is comprised of Andrew McAnsh (trumpet), Jeff La Rochelle (saxophone), James Hill (piano) and Ian Wright (drums) with Roberto Occhipinti on bass. The group will perform compositions by Occhipinti and the other members.
Bridging the worlds of jazz, classical, opera, new music and world, bassist Roberto Occhipinti has worked with the Winnipeg Symphony, the Hamilton Philharmonic, the Canadian Opera Company, Memo Acevedo’s Banda Brava, Jane Bunnett, Esprit Orchestra, Arraymusic and Gryphon Trio. Ongoing projects include The Hilario Durán Trio and Latin Big Band, Soul Stew and Michael Occhipinti’s The Sicilian Jazz Project.
As a producer, Occhipinti has earned JUNO awards for his work with bassist Joel Quarrington, pianist Hilario Durán and David Buchbinder. He has also produced recordings for Dafnis Prieto, Dave Young and Quartetto Gelato. Last summer he acted as artistic director for Lula’s PANAMANIA project featuring Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade, Jane Bunnett and Miguel Zenón.