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New Jersey-based frontman, singer, & harmonica player Rob Paparozzi has been a blues performer since 1967. But Rob is far from being strictly a blues musician. In fact, he's at home playing a wide range of music, ranging from rock to blues to jazz to pop. This versatility is reflected in the long and remarkably diverse list of major artists Rob has worked with, including B.B.King, Dr. John, Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Carole King, Roberta Flack, Culture Club, Cyndi Lauper, Randy Newman, Jimmy McGriff, and James Galway.
Rob has toured the world with the “Original Blues Brothers Band”, featuring guitar legend Steve Cropper and special guest Eddie Floyd and also as Frontman-Lead Singer for the Legendary "Blood Sweat and Tears"
Rob’s own band The Hudson River Rats features Ed Alstrom, John Korba, Chris Eminizer, Bernard Purdie, George Naha and Bailey Gee. The shows are Local in NY-NJ as well as International, Europe & Asia. In 2008 Rob worked on his debut CD which features many varied styles and “special guests”. In 2009 the CD has been getting lots of airplay worldwide and terrific acclaim in the press. Special thanks to Bob Putignano, Gary Walker, Michael Bourne and Rich Skelly for having Rob on their radio shows in 2009 WBGO, WFDU, WRSU and Roxy Perry on KCOR
More Reviews and Press releases!
“Please take the time to listen to Rob’s new album. I’m positive you will be amazed if you have not heard him before.”
--Steve Cropper (Booker T. & the MGs, original Blues Brothers Band)
“Rob’s CD sounds amazing and his performances are over-the-top killing!”
--Will Lee (David Letterman, Fab Faux)
Writer:Downbeat,Grove Press writes:
Native New Yorker Rob Paparozzi is a special artist who sings and plays harmonica with just the right blend of verve and empathy on his first feature album Etruscan Soul—now available on the Honeydripper Records label. The front man with the legendary, globetrotting, Blood, Sweat & Tears and the popular Tri-State area Hudson River Rats is joined on this swinging and intelligent rock-blues-soul-jazz-r&b release by world-class talent. The supporting vocalists are the one-and-only Phoebe Snow, Vanesse Thomas, and Antonique Smith. Among the stellar sideman are guitarists Leo Nocentelli (from the Meters), Chuck Rainey, Hugh McCracken, and George Naha; bassists Harvey Brooks and Will Lee; keyboardists John Korba and Ed Alstrom; and drummers Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Chris Parker, and Shawn Pelton.
Paparozzi says in the liner notes that these “skilled musicians help me paint the muse deep inside my ‘Etruscan Soul’.” It’s way more than a snappy album title. The phrase is defined throughout the 15 songs of the recording by the depth and clarity of the man’s singing and his harmonica playing. The special you-know-it-when-you-hear-it spirit—yes, Etruscan Soul—that motors Paparozzi’s music traces back many centuries to his family’s origins in ancient Etruria, the west-central Italian country whose great civilization was eclipsed by Rome in the third century B. C. Talk about good genes.
Combining soulfulness and musical imagination, Paparozzi exhibits a natural ability to personalize songs that rate among his all-time favorites. He has chosen carefully from the treasure-troves of classic pop, rock, blues-rock, and jazz: the Beatles’ “Ticket To Ride,” Cream’s “Strange Brew,” Stephen Stills’ “Love the One You’re With,” Randy Newman’s “I Think It’s Going To Rain Today,” Sting’s “She’s Too Good for Me,” Steely Dan’s “Peg,” and Elton John & Bernie Taupin’s “Border Song.” The man knows his way around top-grade blues and r&b songbooks too, revamping in his distinctive way Delbert McClinton’s “Monkey Around,” Keb’ Mo’’s “Keep It Simple,” Allen Toussaint’s “I’m Gone,” Little Willie John’s “Let Them Talk,” Arthur Adams’s “Love and Peace” (covered years back by Quincy Jones, the Jazz Crusaders, etc.) and the standard “Peg O’ My Heart.” There’s also a fresh, inventive arrangement of the Quincy Jones film soundtrack number that Ray Charles interpreted so stirringly, “In the Heat of the Night,” plus the jazz chestnut “Body and Soul.”
"Checkout Rob's Reverbnation Site"
Rob on the Big Joe Henry Show
with Pat Guadagno WED JUNE 18th at Mcloone's Supper Club in Asbury Park, NJ
Rob's Shows "at a glance" (see reverbnation sched below for FULL details)
Soon Rob will post July and all The August Tour with THE ORIGINAL BLUES BROTHERS BAND in Europe!
06/13 Rob's Quartet at Shanghai Jazz NJ
06/14 Rob & G.Butterfield Sullivan Co NY
06/18 Rob & P.Guadagno Mcloones, Asbury
06/20 Rob & Purdie-Clef Club Philly
06/21 Rob & Purdie-Clef Club Philly
06/28 Falcon NY Rob w/ B.Purdie & Friends
"Rob Jamming with Les Paul in NYC"
Rob's Mini Blog
Here is Etruscan Soul's LATEST review!
excerpted from Blues Revue magazine issue #126 Nov/Dec 2010
Etruscan Soul - Honeydripper Records
Singer and harmonica virtuoso Rob Paparozzi applies considerable musical skills to a recording wish list on his debut CD, and the sequence and pacing of his choices is as engaging as their masterful presentation. Named for the land where the roots of his family tree took up their artistic sensibilities, ETRUSCAN SOUL takes a fresh look at some familiar tunes from the recent and not so recent past, shining them all up with Mediterranean intelligence and humor.
His cohorts on the record, including John Korba, George Naha, Ed Alstrom, Bailey Gee and the great drummer Bernard Purdie, all from Paparozzi's old band The Hudson River Rats, make it sound easy and fun. From the harmonica hook that opens the Beatles "Ticket to Ride," the band's irresistible swing reminds you what a great song it is while Paparozzi adds his own flourishes, hinting at jazz classics, then heading off in another direction. His John Lennon tribute gets support from Naha on guitar and Alstrom on Hammond organ. On Allen Toussaint's "I'm Gone," he unveils a charming vocal style along with the harp chops, anchored by Will Lee on Bass and Chris Parker on Drums.
Rob's Broadway, movie, and television credits are also extensive, including: shows Big River and The Will Rogers Follies; films Flirting With Disaster and Ride; TV programs the Bill Cosby Show, CBS Early Show and the David Letterman Show, appearances in 2006 with Dolly Parton and George Jones on Conan O'Brien and David Letterman's LATE SHOW
TV Commercials. jingles for Scotch 3M BLUE tape, KFC, Pizza Hut, Maxwell House, Wendy's, Lincoln Mercury, Stouffers, Dodge, Ford, Coke,Pepsi, Dominos, Tylenol, etc.
The bottom line is, even if you haven't heard of Rob Paparozzi before, you've probably heard--and enjoyed--his work!
The NEW CD coming this FALL..., ELECTRIC BUTTER (artwork:Dave Buceta)
To bookELECTRIC BUTTER email Rob at address at bottom of this page, for details on the project, click on our EPK link belowunder the SONICBIDS logo
Rob Paparozzi with The Ed Palermo Big Band with Special Guests:Harvey Brooks, Steve Cropper. Mark Naftalin and Jimmy VivinoTribute to Butterfield and Bloomfield check out our 1st Video!