Saxophonist, bass clarinetist, arranger and composer Claudio Jr De Rosa (1992) is a rising musician in the European Jazz Scene. He is the winner of the “2016 1st Asian Saxophone Congress, Taiwan”, Premio Nazionale “Chicco Bettinardi 2016”, “Louis van Dijck Jazz Award 2016”, “Barga Jazz Contest 2015”, “Best New Talent” at the “European Award Tuscia In Jazz 2015”, the “Leiden ‘Boonekamp’ Jazz Award” (2015), the Premio “Terme Preistoriche” (2014) and the Premio “Via Vittoria” (2013), as well as being in the Top 10 list of “Italian Emerging Artists” of 2017.

Graduated cum Laude with a Master Degree in Classical and Contemporary Saxophone at the Salerno and Rome Conservatories at age 21 (discussing a thesis regarding the Neurological implications During Improvisation), he eventually completed the Master in Jazz Saxophone at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag. Since 2007, he performed in many important international venues in Italy, France, England, Belgium, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Spain, and Poland.

As an arranger, He wrote music for the NJSO, the New Talents Jazz Orchestra, the KonCon Big Band, the CvA Big Band, Call It Sextet, the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, CJDR Jazz Ensemble. In December 2015 the Dutch Ministry of Finance commissioned him “The Business Suite” for small Big Band. In March 2016 he won the prestigious “Louis van Dijck Jazz Award 2016” for arrangers.

In November 2015 he recorded his first album with Zadeno Trio, “Holes in the Ground” with “Emme Record Label, released in February 2016, followed by “The Step Forward” in May 2018.

In May 2017 his CD “Groovin’ Up!” is released and distributed by the Italian label Incipit and Egea Music, receiving great feedbacks from press and critique. Since 2017 the CJDR Jazz 4et performed in Festivals and venues like North Sea Jazz Festival, Lantaren Venster, Umbria Jazz (Artist Residence), Veneto Jazz, Getxo International Jazz and many others.

In November 2017 he was among the winners of the AIR project, which will lead him to have an Artistic Residence in Toronto, Canada, during October and November 2018. Finally, in January 2018, his name is included in the list of the top 10 “Italian Emerging Artists”, a survey of experts run by Musica Jazz (the oldest Italian jazz magazine).



Zadeno Trio

Composer, Arranger, Band Leader

Zadeno Trio is an internationally multi-awarded Jazz trio born in 2014.
Formed entirely by Italian musicians, the trio, under the guidance of the young and talented Neapolitan saxophonist Claudio Jr De Rosa, wants to explore the jazz language from the tradition to the present.
The playing of the trio was firstly inspired by world-famous artists but very soon, due to the feeling and the connection between the musicians, Zadeno Trio created its own sound, characterized by a deep, energetic sound, and by a composing style that spread from a post-bop language to a very modern one.
The trio performed more than 100 times across Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Romania, Poland. In February 2016 Zadeno Trio released ``Holes in the Ground``, a recording which has received positive feedback both from jazz critiques and audiences.
In January 2018 Zadeno Trio recorded the 2nd CD, which will be released in April with a long European Tour.


Claudio Jr De Rosa Jazz 4et


After leading several bands and touring extensively across Europe, in 2016 Claudio Jr De Rosa gives birth to the ``CJDR Jazz 4et``. This ambitious project features talented musicians from all over Europe based in the Netherlands.
The hard/post-bop influenced repertoire is composed of original compositions by De Rosa and completed by some jazz arrangement of standards.

``Groovin' Up!`` (Incipit Records) is the first album from the CJDR Jazz 4et! Check out more on http://claudiojrderosa.com/claudio-jr-de-rosa-4tet/
For this work De Rosa was included in the Top 10 Italian Emerging Artist from the annual survey ``Top Jazz`` from Musica Jazz.
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“De Rosa highlight a great individuality, lyric and instrumental skills definitely out of the norm”

(Andrea Tofanelli, trumpet player)

“De Rosa has a beautiful full sound, according to the recipe of the jazz tradition with a spell of Coltrane, a touch of Rollins and the speed of Johnny Griffin”

(Tom Beetz, journalist, jazzflits, the Netherlands, 2016)

“De Rosa has a particularly lovely – and typically light, sunny Italian – tone on soprano. (…) His songs are strongly structured with some catchy hooks and pretty melodies”

(Peter Bacon, London Jazz News)

“Interesting interpretations and an overall sound of great impact”

(Bruno Pollacci, journalist, radio speaker)