Jorge Rossy‘s career has been filled with sharp turns. The Barcelona-born multi-instrumentalist got his start on the drums at the age of eleven, and before long was performing around Europe with the likes of Woody Shaw and Kenny Wheeler. After sharing the bandstand with those two great trumpeters, Jorge made the move to the United States, enrolling at Berklee College of Music to study the trumpet. However, the city soon learned of Jorge’s talents behind the drum set, and he became the first call for many of his peers, as well as more established artists like Danilo Pérez and Paquito D’Rivera.
After graduating from Berklee, Jorge migrated south to New York, where he continued his prolific performance output in the bands of Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mark Turner, Chris Cheek, Ethan Iverson, Reid Anderson, and Seamus Blake, among others. It wasn’t long before he began a lengthy association as the drummer of the seminal Brad Mehldau Trio, a group with which he performed and recorded for a decade.
As his career as a drummer was on the rise, however, Jorge changed course once again. He moved back to Barcelona once again in 2000 to start a family and focusing on the piano. A decade later, Jorge has released two albums as a pianist under his own name, Wicca (Fresh Sound), and Ivlianvs Suite (ContraBaix / Karonte) with a band featuring the organist Albert Sanz, the drummer RJ Miller, as well as (on Ivlianvs Suite) the tenor saxophonist Chris Cheek and Jorge’s son, the trumpeter Félix Rossy. He has also performed and recorded on piano with artists such as Guillermo Klein, Jordi Matas, and Joe Smith. Jorge still performs on the drums occasionally, with Ethan Iverson, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Joe Lovano, as well as a trio featuring Brad Mehldau and Charlie Haden, among others. He recently toured Europe with Wayne Shorter‘s quartet.
Jorge will take our stage with his own group this Wednesday, October 17th. The lineup features the trumpeter and cornetist (and Jorge’s son) Felix Rossy, the saxophonist Raffi Garabedian, the bassist Ben Street, and the drummer RJ Miller.
Stream part of Ivlianvs Suite below via SoundCloud: