My music is rooted in tradition. We perform classic latin dance music [cha-cha, mambo, rhumba ], dance music from Duke Ellington, C. Basie, swing from Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, to Benny Goodman and blues from Milt Jackson and B.B.King The group can play as a trio or 11 musicians.


Influences: Milt Jackson, C. Parker, D. Gillespie, S. Rollins, Jimmy Smith, Groove Holmes, Mongo Santamaria, C. Mingus, M.Davis, D.Ellington, C.Basie, Red Garland, Ray Brown..etc,etc.. you dig!
check out www.gigmasters.com latin.jazz dance bands new haven ct // see rjruotolo&speaknoevil for more bio and pics..


CD session 11/2007 " Ancient Voices" w/ the big ensemble. CD 5/2008 " LIve at the Buttonwood" live vibes/quintet gig... new stuff coming this summer....2008

Set List

sets vary according to the venue and the group.
The large group prefers to do two shows..each set is one hour.. the small vibe group will do three sets each set one 45-one hour.. depending..
a few of our numbers include:
bags groove, broadway, birks works, afro-blue, red clay, caravan, perdidio, satin doll, para-ti, las guijiaras, we perform many original compostions by Ruotolo...misty, in a sentimental mood, etc...we also play funky type weather report and blues ala B.B KIng.. and Jimmy Smith