Joe DeRose, a native of the Bay Area, has been playing drums professionally for 29 years in various styles ranging from Jazz, Funk, Hip-Hop, Latin, Blues, Rock, and Fusion. Joe graduated from The Prestigious Berklee College of Music (1998) with honors Magna Cum Laude. Joe has toured Europe, Japan, and the United States with various artists such as Toni Lynn Washington, Kofy Brown, Yoshiko Oda, and The Hristo Vitchev Quartet.
Joe is now leading and writing for his own Jazz Fusion band, Joe De Rose and Amici. “Amici” literally means “friends” in Italian. However, the definition of Amici for this band is: where Great friends, Great minds and Great souls come together to make Great music. Amici is composed of some of the most gifted players and improvisers from all over the globe featuring Hristo Vitchev, a Bulgarian virtuoso and co-writer for this group, playing guitar. Also, adding to Amici’s progressive and deep talent is Grammy-nominated Murray Low on piano, the soulful sounds of Dann Zinn on sax, and the groove maker of the low end, Dan Robbins on Bass.
Joe’s debut record “Sounds for the Soul” is a masterfully crafted album which showcases his completely unique voice not only as a drummer but also as a composer. This highly energetic quintet will surprise your imagination!
“Peace Streets” marks the second studio album by the S.F. Bay Area’s electric fusion formation Joe DeRose and Amici. A multi-cultural, energetic, and completely unique musical experience that will leave every listener wanting more!
Amici has preformed at some of the most prestigious venues in jazz, such as Yoshi’s Jazz Club, The Kuumbwa Jazz Center and The San Jose Summer Jazz fest. We hope to see you at our next show! (Feel free to click here to be added to our mailing list so are sure to catch our next show!)
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Bulgarian Impressionistic chamber-jazz guitarist/composer Hristo Vitchev is referred by the international media as one of the newest and most innovative voices in modern jazz guitar. Hristo’s music has been captivating audiences all across the globe an at only age 33 he has already released 6 critically acclaimed albums as a leader plus two more releases as a co-leader with Joe DeRose and Amici.
Dann is a world class musician, known for his brilliant saxophone and flute playing, stunning compositions, and contribution to music education in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. Hailed as a “guru,” Zinn finds beauty in making music comes from constant reinventing and searching. Zinn’s work has developed into a unique style. Having a sound of his own is tantamount to his creativity. By blending diverse influences, Zinn has made his music accessible, melodic, textured, and emotional in both intense and beautiful ways.
One of the most in demand and virtuosic bass players in the Western part of the continent, Dan Robbins’s completely unique approach and voice on the instrument have led him to performances and recordings with international jazz stars Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, Danilo Perez, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Benny Green, Giovanni Hidalgo, Peter Martin, Cedar Walton and many more.
Grammy-nominated Murray Low is a veteran pianist of the Bay Area jazz scene and has been playing, composing, arranging, recording and teaching professionally for over thirty years. His fluency in all forms of jazz and its blending with other idioms has led to a multi-faceted career spanning a wide variety of musical contexts. Murray is perhaps best known for his contributions to Latin Jazz, Salsa and Afro-Cuban musical landscape.