Maurizio Rolli


Maurizio Rolli is an upright and electric bass player and teacher, big band arranger and composer. His new "Rolli's Tones" CD features Peter Erskine, Mike Stern, Hiram Bullock, Bob Sheppard and Bob Franceschini.

Maurizio Rolli is an upright and electric bass player and teacher, big band arranger and composer. His new record “Rolli’s tones” (Widesound) features freshly rearranged hard rock classics, arranged for the Rolli’s Tones Big Band, with guests Peter Erskine, Mike Stern, Hiram Bullock, Bob Sheppard and Bob Franceschini. The CD will be officially launched at the Pescara Jazz Festival on July 19th with a live performance featuring Peter Erskine and Bob Mintzer, and the show will be recorded for an upcoming DVD release.

Maurizio currently teaches electric bass, double bass and jazz harmony studies at the Accademia Musicale Pescarese (Pescara), L.D’Annunzio Conservatory (Pescara), Conservatorio U.Giordano (Foggia), Conservatorio L.D’Annunzi” (Pescara) as well as in Rome and Messina.

He has recorded or performed with: Peter Erskine, Mike Stern, Paolo Fresu, Danny Gottlieb, Otmaro Ruiz, Michael Manring, Hiram Bullock, Alex Acuña, Bob Mintzer, Scott Kinsey, Bill Evans, Jim Hall, David Liebman, Scott Colley, Diane Shuur, Enrico Pieranunzi, Andy Timmons, Stephane Guillaume, Matt Bissonnette, Alfredo Impullitti, Pierre Favre, Fabrizio Bosso, Massimo Manzi, Javier Girotto, Roberto Ottaviano, Tino Tracanna, Paolo Damiani, Gianluigi Trovesi, Claude Barthelemy, Bruno Tommaso, Pino Minafra, Adam Makovicz, Russel Gloyd, Michael Riessler, Bill Russo, Cameron Brown, Frank Marocco, Rosario Giuliani, Ettore Fioravanti, Marco Tamburini, Pietro Condorelli, Mauro Negri, Gianpaolo Casati, Marco Fumo, Giorgio Gaslini etc...

He's bass player for R.A.R.E., featuring Alex Acuña on percussion and Otmaro Ruiz on piano, and was the bass player in X-perience: a trio featuring Hiram Bullock and Israel Varela. Since 2006, he's been a member of the Gianfranco Continenza Band, helping the leader produce and arrange his first album, "The Past Inside the Present", ESC Records’ second best-selling album, and the top jazz guitar CD at Tower Records (USA) for more than 3 weeks.

Since September, 2000, he's been the director of the Rolli's Tones Big Band. In October 2001 (50th anniversary of Jaco’s birth), the band recorded the CD Moodswings: a Tribute to the Music of Jaco Pastorius, with special guests Michael Manring and Mike Stern.His composition "Dialoghi" was featured on a Bassics Magazine CD along with Michael Manring , Jaco Pastorius, Peter Erskine, Jimmy Haslip, Alain Caron etc... Maurizio the bass player on the Rai 1 national TV shows Notti sul ghiaccio, Miss Italia nel mondo, Usa la testa, Ciak si canta and many others.

Maurizio says: "My Markbass amp gives my electric bass the flavour and the dignity of an acoustic instrument, and gives the word "electricity" a totally new meaning!"




Markbass artist Maurizio Rolli will perform at the Blue Whale Jazz Club on Jan 25th 2015, with his "California Dream Band", feat. Dean Brown, Otmaro Ruiz, Damien Schmitt and Manuel Trabucco.

In this in-depth interview (translated from Polish), Maurizio discusses his background, his style, bass playing, and his gear.

Bass Days Poland, a bass-focused event in Olsztyn (Aug 3-5), will feature Italian Markbass artist Maurizio Rolli.

Markbass artist Maurizio Rolli is reuniting with his friends after 11 years, to celebrate the music of Abruzzo in the city of Chicago.

The great composer Vince Mendoza (winner of five Grammy Awards), who has worked with stars such as Bjork, Joni Mitchell, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublè and many others, invited Maurizio to become one of the arrangers of the Metropole Orchestra.

Maurizio Rolli has been interviewed in the latest issue of Italy's Strumenti Musicali magazine.