Masterclass Aug 2nd – 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
You can sometimes judge a musician by the company they keep. In the case of Vito Rezza, that’s one highly impressive grouping. Artists who have called upon Rezza’s virtuosic skill as a percussionist include Joni Mitchell, Gino Vannelli, John Lee Hooker, Michael Brecker, Rick James, Ray Charles, Oscar Peterson, Big Mama Thornton, Tony Monaco, and Joey De Francesco, with whom Rezza regularly records and performs. The diverse nature of this star-studded list speaks volumes about Vito’s mastery of a wide range of musical genres. AllAboutJazz. com senior contributor Raul d’Gama Rose has called Rezza “enormously talented and a virtual legend in the world of percussion. He is much in demand among musicians who value his eclecticism and rhythmic virtuosity as much as they do his harmonic and melodie sensibility.”
There is far more to Vito Rezza than superb stickhandling skills, however. He is also a bandleader and composer with a string of highly-acclaimed albums under his belt. For the past 22 years, Rezza has led Canadian ensemble 5 After 4, and the band has opened or the likes of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Spyro Gyra, Kevin Eubanks, Boss Brass, and Joe Henderson. 5 After 4 released their sixth record, Rome In A Day, last year, on the ALMA Records label. The eleven-track disc featured six Rezza original compositions, and it confirmed he’s at the peak of his powers in all his different roles.
Come to the Newmarket Jazz Festival and listen and play with one of the best Drummers around.