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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"
Feat: ROB with John Putnam, Robbie Kondor, Seth Farber, Jeff Ganz,Frank Pagano, Kenny Kosek, horns: Jack Bashkow & Peck Allmond
7:30pm @ THE CUTTING ROOM: Tix $20 in advance $25 Day of show
Telephone: (212) 691-1900
" Rob's Shows at a glance" (see reverbnation sched below for FULL details)
02/14 Rob's Qt @ Grillestone Scotch Plains NJ
02/19 Rob's Trio @ Grillestone Scotch Plains NJ
02/20 Rob & John Korba @Vintage Italian Ros Pk NJ
02/21 Rob Solo Nauvoo Grill Fair Haven NJ
02/22 Rob@Bluesapalooza T.Mcloone's Asbury Pk NJ
02/28 Rob & H.River Rats @Robin's Nest Linden NJ
03/04 Rob & HRR - WBGO Gateway#2 Noon Newark NJ
03/20 Rob Solo Nauvoo Grill Fair Haven NJ
03/14 Rob w B.Purdie & friends Falcon Marlboro, NY
03/20 Rob's R.Newman @Shanghai Jazz Madison NJ
03/21 Rob @ Bickford Thatre Gala Morristown NJ
03/23 Rob's R. Newman's GOB's Live@Cutting Rm NYC
03/26 Rob's Trio @ Grillestone Scotch Plains NJ
03/28 Rob & Waynard Nauvoo Grill Fair Haven NJ
04/03 Rob's Trio Barnacle Bill Rumson NJ
04/04 Rob & E.Alstrom @ Rails in Towaco NJ
04/12 Rob-GOB's-Randy Falcon Brunch Marlboro NY
04/16 Rob's Trio @ Grillestone Scotch Plains NJ
04/18 Rob Electric Butter Band Falcon Marlboro NY
04/24 Rob & H.River Rats @Robin's Nest Linden NJ
04/26 Rob@ P.Levin's Falcon Brunch Marlboro NY
05/02 Rob's Trio @ Grillestone Scotch Plains NJ
05/04 Rob @ John Miller Cutting Room NYC, NY
05/09 Rob & Blues Brothers band Curacao Island
05/16 Pitney House Concert Chatham Twnshp, NJ
05/23 Rob in concert -B.Purdie in Paderborn, Germany
Here is what they are saying about
ELECTRIC BUTTER - Rob Paparozzi and The Ed Palermo Big Band
(A Tribute to Paul Butterfield and Michael Bloomfield)
In the ever-vibrant history of American Music, there are seismic shifts in those proceedings that really do turn the world around. And one of those joyous occasions was when two young men in Chicago collided in their love for electric urban blues. Paul Butterfield and Michael Bloomfield were born to spark off each other, and when they did in the mid-'60s, both blues and rock & roll have never been the same. Butterfield, a singer and harp player of absolutely devastating power, showed the world what was possible for that music. On his side guitarist Bloomfield lit much of the
fire to their early collaborations, and became a guitar hero who will never be equaled. Each went on to write and record songs of such force and feeling that even today those accomplishments are still a shining beacon. Today, in his own way, singer-harp player Rob Paparozzi along with the Ed Palermo Big Band take up right where Paul Butterfield and Michael Bloomfield left off in their much too early exits from the planet. With a voice straight from the celestial gutter and a harp style that takes no prisoners, Paparozzi looks the soul of Butterfield and Bloomfield in the eye and doesn't flinch an inch. "Electric Butter" is the kind of album that hits the monkey nerve from note one and keeps climbing higher and higher from there. While Rob and Ed may have gone to school on the work of the two earlier pioneers, they walk in their light and not in their shadow. Their burning band take some of the most moving songs from the Butterfield and Bloomfield treasure chest and explode them?in a way not soon forgotten.
-Bill Bentley Senior Director/A&R, Vanguard Records and Co-Producer of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Elektra Years
"Rob Jamming with Les Paul in NYC"
Rob's 2009 Grammy Nominated CD with many special guests! (Duet with Phoebe Snow):