Rogerio Boccato

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Percussion Faculty

Instrumental Studies

The Hartt School

Brazilian percussionist, drummer and educator Rogerio Boccato has played with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Hermeto Pascoal, Milton Nascimento, Cláudio Roditi, Egberto Gismonti, João Bosco, Joe Zawinul, John McLaughlin and Dionne Warwick, among many others, and is a longtime percussionist with the Jazz Symphony Orchestra of the São Paulo State.

Recently relocated from Sao Paulo to the New York area, Rogerio appears on percussion on Kenny Garrett's latest CD (Beyond the Wall - Nonesuch Records) and in a collaboration project by George Benson and Toninho Horta recorded in Sao Paulo.

As a sideman he has played with Dave Stryker, Steve Davis, David Berkman, Dena DeRose, Vana Gierig and Paul Bollenback, and with top ranking Brazilian artists such as Toninho Horta, Dori Caymmi, Moacir Santos, Rique Pantoja, Zizi Possi, Jane Duboc, André Mehmari, Roberto Sion, Arismar do Espírito Santo and Nailor Azevedo "Proveta".

He has been presenting clinics on Brazilian music, focusing on the traditional Brazilian rhythms and styles applied to the drum set and to Jazz combo. These clinics have been enthusiastically received at universities around the United States and Portugal. The Litchfield Jazz Festival Summer Music School installed Boccato as artist-in-residence since 2001. He has also been on the faculty of The State University of Campinas (Brazil) since 2000.