Joe Roccisano

Joseph Lucian "Joe" Roccisano (October 15, 1939 in Springfield, Massachusetts – November 9, 1997) was an American jazz saxophonist and arranger.

Roccisano received his BS in music education from SUNY-Potsdam in 1963. In 1964 he played in the Tommy Dorsey orchestra under Sam Donahue, then moved to Los Angeles, where he played with Don Ellis (1966–68), Ray Charles (1967-68), Louie Bellson, Lew Tabackin, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Terry Gibbs, Don Menza, Bill Holman, and Don Rader. He assembled his own 15-piece ensemble, Rocbop, in 1976, and played in the Capp-Pierce Juggernaut in 1981. He later formed his own big band, the Joe Roccisano Orchestra, which released two albums during the 1990s. The musicians joining him in this band included Bill Charlap, Bud Burridge, Jack Stuckey, Franck Amsallem, Jim (James E. Pugh), John Basile, Ken Hitchcock, Lou Marini, Matt Finders, Robert Millikan, Scott Lee, Terry Clarke, Tim Ries, Tom Harrell, Scott Robinson, and Greg Gisbert.

Roccisano also had extensive credits as an arranger, including with Ellis, Bellson, Doc Severinsen, and Woody Herman. He scored the tune "Green Earrings" on the 1978 Herman album Chick, Donald, Walter, and Woodrow, and was nominated for a Grammy award for the arrangement. He composed "Tenors of the Time", a tune recorded by Pete Christlieb and Warne Marsh. One of his most popular arrangements co-written by Pete Christlieb and played by the Louie Bellson Big Band as well as the Buddy Rich Big Band was "Hookin' It" (See Buddy Rich DVD "Live At The Montreal Jazz Festival" 1982)

Birth and Death Data: Born October 5th, 1939 (Springfield), Died November 9th, 1997

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1958

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor saxophone

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 104872 4/24/1958 Swanee river Warren Covington ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 104873 4/23/1958 Opus one Warren Covington ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 104874 4/24/1958 Hawaiian war chant Warren Covington ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 104875 4/24/1958 I'm gettin' sentimental over you Warren Covington ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 105015 5/26/1958 Satan takes a holiday Warren Covington ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 105016 5/26/1958 Swingin' on nothin' Warren Covington ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 105017 5/26/1958 Liebestraum Warren Covington ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 105018 5/26/1958 Easy does it Warren Covington ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 105019 5/26/1958 The dipsy doodle Warren Covington ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Roccisano, Joe," accessed September 28, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/340562.

Roccisano, Joe. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 28, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/340562.

"Roccisano, Joe." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 28 September 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/340562

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