Joe DeRenzo

Joe DeRenzo

 New York City, New York, USA
BandJazzWorld

Joe DeRenzo and friends is a jazzy tribute to the Beatles. The release of Step Inside LOVE from ESC records in the fall of 07 includes Joe DeRenzo and Tom Zink's 3& Band along with David Sanborn and Brad Mehldau tracks. The septet journeys through many of the Beatle's best compositions.

Biography

• Joe DeRenzo and Friends •

• a jazzy tribute to The Beatles •

With a group made up of seven seasoned jazz artists from the LA area, Joe DeRenzo and Friends perform contemporary interpretations from the vast Beatles catolog. The collaborations of drummer and bandleader DeRenzo, along with pianist Tom Zink, date back to the early 80s when both musicians were coming up in the contemporary jazz scene of the southland. DeRenzo and Zink toured Canada with jazz gutarist Brian Hughes as part of his band and performing the style of music that would become part of the pop-fusion genre.

Influenced by such jazz greats as Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny and Weather Report, the group has set out to create a unique musical atmosphere by tapping some of the best known pop compositions from the 60s icons and repainting each song from a more contemporary harmonic palette.

As an ESC Records recording artist, Joe DeRenzo has used the label's compilation release of "Step Inside LOVE", as a means of launching the jazzy tribute. The double CD, which features DeRenzo's version of She's A Woman and Zink's deft arrangement of Because, contains covers by many of today's most exciting jazz artists.

With a little help from their friends Ben May (bass), Penny Watson (sax & vocals), Steve Crum (trumpet) and vocalist Anne Walsh, the two charter members of The Brian Hughes Group were excited to reunite with the guitartst for gigs at The Jazz Bakery and Spaghettini were Hughes was the special guest artist and was featured on Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps".

JAZZIZ magazine calls Joe DeRenzo an "atmospheric groove merchant"

"Dante's View is the work of a gifted musician who can synthesize musical sensibilities in a timeless jazz alchemy." - JazzWorldQuest.com

"of Night and Day is a tantilizing masterpiece." - ContemporaryJazz.com

Core Beliefs "An undiscovered gem!

Some of the most tasteful, melodic and thoughtful compositions can be found on this outstanding CD."

- Henry Netzer / CD Baby

Discography

Step Inside LOVE - a jazzy tribute to The Beatles
Dante's View
Core Beliefs
of Night and Day

Set List

Blackbird

She's A Woman

Fool On The Hill

Because

Mother Nature's Son

She's Leaving Home

Eleanor Rigby

Here, There and Everywhere

With A Little Help From My Friends

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Dear Prudence

Come Together

Penny Lane

In My Life

For The Benefit Of Mr Kite

Norwegian Wood

Within You, Without You

Baby You're A Rich Man