Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Rovatti, Ada, saxophonist, composer, arranger; b. Pavia, Italy, 25 July 1976. She now lives in New York, NY. Her parents, Mario Rovatti (b. 10/20/193) and Maria Olimpia Zanola Rovatti (b. 7/5/37), still live in Italy. Her brother Edoardo Rovatti (b. 10/3/1970) lives in Austin, TX and is a blues guitarist.
Italian native Ada Rovatti started playing saxophone in high school after years of classical piano training.
After winning a scholarship from Berklee College of Music in Italy she divided herself between Boston where she studied with Joe Viola, George Garzone and Italy where she was working in Big Bands with guest artists such as: Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker.
After spending one year in Paris touring Europe and Africa she moved in new York City. She has performed in important festivals such as JVC in NYC Rochester Jazz Festival, IAJE, Detroit Jaz z Fest, appearing and performing with an impressive and diverse list of artists and bands such as: Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Miroslav Vitous, John McLaughlin, Anne Ducros, Bob Mintzer, Victor Bailey, Rodney Holmes, Joanne Brackeen, Eddie Henderson, and many others.
In addition to her musical expertise Ada appeared in the movie 'Mona Lisa Smile' featuring Julia Roberts.
In 2003 she released her first 2 CDs as a bandleader with the Elephunk Band and with her quartet with guests: Randy Brecker, Mike Stern and Don Alias.
She also appears on the Grammy winner Cd by Randy Brecker -"34 th N Lex"-ESC Records (best contemporary jazz Album of 2003) and on the new acclaimed Cd of John McLaughlin " Industrial Zen"(2006)
Drive magazine raved about this "graceful Italian jazzista" in a recent CD review of Under the Hat.
Critics voted Under the Hat as number one in the "Revelation" category of the 2003 in the Brazilian newspaper "Tribuna De Imprensa "
She just released her new Cd "Airbop" with guest artists : Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, Don Alias, and many more.
In 2006 "AIRBOP" has been nominated by a poll by All About Jazz as one of the top Ten Cd.
She and Randy Brecker were married on 22 Dec. 2001.
1992 Scholarship from Berklee College of Music, Boston at Umbria Jazz Festival, Italy
1992 recognition of Outstanding Musicianship Berklee College of Music at the Umbria Jazz Festival- Perugia-Italy
1994 Scholarship from Berklee College of Music in Boston.
1998 Recognition and Prize as Italian emerging Jazz artist from the jazz Contemporary School in Milano.
1999, New York "Golden Monviso Award" from Famijia Piemontaise Cultural Foundation of New York
2007 Piacenza Jazz Festival- Note Di Donna- Best Composition
"Canarino Mannaro"-MINA- Double CD PDU 30036 (distr. By EMI)
"Jazz Class Orchestra" featuring Phil Woods Limited Edition
"Snack and Prices" Isabelle Records/Wicked Good Music
"Just Like Don Quixote" Mindflow- Broken River Records
"Sunlight's Path" Liz Winick -2001
"34th N Lex" Randy Brecker-ESC 2003
"For Rent" Ada Rovatti & The Elephunk Band -Apria Records 2002
"Under The Hat" Ada Rovatti- Apria Records-Sunnyside Records 2003
"From The Ashes" Patrick Yandall - Apria Records- 2004
"Skin Talk' Martha Redbone - Blackfeet Productions-2004
"Close Up" - Patrizia Scascitelli -Apria Records- 2004
"In The Spirit of Miles Davis" Jason Miles- Narada Jazz 2005
"Jammin'" Ronaldo Folegatti -Apria Records 2005
"The Things You have Given Me" Bartosz Hadala Apria Records 2006
"Airbop" Ada Rovatti -Apria Records 2006
"Industrial Zen" John McLaughlin - Verve Records 2006