Saxophonist, 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).

“His modern and versatile approach to music reflects upon his way of playing, sometimes energetic, sometimes lyrical and talkative” (Javier Girotto, saxophone player) 

“He is able to play long, meaningful and expressive lines and is convincing in the musical story he tells” (Jury of the Leiden Bonnekamp Jazz Award 2015).

“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)

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.

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.

Currently, he is an active part of several musical projects, between Italy and the Netherlands. He keeps working as a classical saxophonist and teacher, teaching Saxophone (classical and jazz), Classical Harmony, Jazz Harmony, and Arrangement.

In November 2015 he recorded his first album with Zadeno Trio, “Holes in the Ground” with “Emme Record Label, released in February 2016. (listen to Zadeno Trio here!)

In summer 2016 he toured in Europe with Zadeno Trio and in Taiwan with pianist Vivienne ChuLiao.

In May 2017 his CD “Groovin’ Up!” is released and distributed by the Italian label Incipit and Egea Music. (Listen to “Groovin’ Up!” here! )

“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)

 “Interesting interpretations and an overall sound of great impact” (Bruno Pollacci, journalist, radio speaker)

Current Projects

Zadeno Trio

Composer, Arranger, Band Leader

Zadeno Trio was founded in the summer of 2014 at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in the Netherlands.
Formed entirely by italian musicians, the trio , under the guidance of the young and talented napolitan saxophonist Claudio Jr De Rosa, wants to explore the jazz language from the tradition to the present.
The playing of the trio is inspired by world famous artists such as Joe Henderson, Sonny Rollins, Mark Turner and Chris Potter, with the aim of creating an intense and peculiar sound.
The trio performed more than 70 times across Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Romania. In February 2016 Zadeno Trio released ``Holes in the Ground``, a recording which has received positive feedbacks both from jazz critiques and audiences.

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 mainly 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/

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