Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Petrocca, Lorenzo, guitarist; b. Cortone, Southern Italy, 18 February 1964. His brothers are Franco (bass, b.11.11.1966), Tony (drums, b.13.10.1971) and Davide (bass, b. 16.02.1977). His father was born 1939, his mother in 1943, his older brother in 1961, and his younger sister in 1980.
He came to Germany in 1979 as an emigrant with his family. He mastered the big changes of the two cultures and the loss of everything familiar to him by the boxing - a sport he already practiced in Italy before. In 1981 he succeeded in being the Champion of Wuerttemberg in his weight class. From 1982 on he showed his first musical interests. He then was already 18 years old. And so he bought his first electric guitar. Soon after that he already played with Italian dance bands. From 1986 on, he played with soul and funk bands among American soldiers. He finally discovered jazz in 1989 when he was already 25 years old.
Today, Petrocca can be heard with his "Lorenzo Petrocca Trio," his quartet and with his three brothers Davide, Antonio and Franco as "The Petrocca Brothers" all over Germany and more and more in his home country Italy as well as in many European countries. Petrocca is also a demanded sideman - for example as a permanent member of "The European Swingstars" - a band that comes together several times a year to tour within Europe. In April 2001, Petrocca received the Honorary Citizenship of the City of New Orleans after a one-week tour through Lousiana/USA.
Petrocca has toured and recorded with Monty Alexander, Herb Ellis, Martin Drew, Jim Sneidero, Tony Scott, Tootie, Jimmy and Percy Heath, Dusko Goykovich, Danny Moss, Oscar Klein, Ack van Rooyen, Lars Erstrand, Benny Bailey, Billy Mitchel, Peanuts Hucko, Jeff Clayton, Don Rader, Harry Allen, Jiggs Whigham, Peter Herbolzheimer, Bobby Burgess, Howard Levy, Tony Mann, John Ruoco, Ron Williams, Dave Glasser, Jasper Thilo, Hazy Osterwald, Pete York, Al Martino, Bruno de Filippi, Gianni Basso, Paolo Pellegatti, Paolo Tommelleri, Jimmy Larocca, Massimo Moriconi, Calogero Marrali, Stefano Bagnoli, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Charly Antolini, Emil Mangelsdorf, Max Greger jr., Gustl Mayer, and the European Swing Stars.
He lives in Stuttgart.
Insieme [mp3] (1995); Stop it [mp3] (199); Organ Trio: Milan in Minor [mp3] (2001); Italy [mp3) (2001); On A Clear Day [mp3] (2003); Best of (2003)
L.E. Bigband: That's once (1993); Trio Voyage: Die Erste (1993), Fascinating rhythm (1994), Plays Latin Pictures (1994); Jazz fiesta: Live im Bohnenviertel (1994); Jasna Ivir: musical diva delight (1995); Stuttgarter Gitarrentrio: Tribute to Barney Kessel (1996); Alexanders Swingtimeband: live in der Liederhalle (1996); Giacomo Aula Trio feat. Lorenzo Petrocca (1998); L.E. Bigband: I'm beginning to see the light (1998); Licata Jazzfestival 98 (1998); Davide Petrocca Quartett featuring Martin Drew [mp3] (1999); The Jazzmen: Breakfast at Kennidi's (1999); Stuttgarter Gitarrentrio Vol. 2 (1999); European Swing Stars feat. Gianni Basso [mp3] (1999); Calogero Marrali Quartett [mp3] (1999); Monty Alexander-Catarina Zapponi: Universal Lovesong [mp3] (2000); Calogero Marrali and Jim Sneidero: Hommage to Jackie McLean (2001); German Dixieland and Swing All Stars: Live at Olymp (2001)