Simona De Rosa is an award-winning singer, composer, educator. Having released two albums as a leader and appearing on numerous albums, she has established herself in the NY jazz scene and continues touring internationally.
Born in Napoli, Italy, Simona De Rosa started to play piano at the age of ten. As a teenager she discovered her voice and started singing different types of music from classical to pop and soon become fascinated by jazz and the thrilling possibilities of spontaneous improvisation.
While studying geology science in Napoli, Simona already had the chance to work with many bands ranging from a duo to big bands. After graduating, Simona moved to New York, and has been living there and in Italy since then. During the time in New York, she was enrolled at Queens College where she developed her skills in arranging and jazz performance. She was offered to travel with her projects gracing several stages in USA (United Nations NY, Kupferberg Center of Arts NY, Zinc Bar, Stage 72, Untermayer Park NY, Trumpets Jazz Club NJ, Bloomfield Italian Festival PA, Mercer County Italian Festival NJ, Warren Italian Festival OH, Lake Worth Street Painting Festival FL, Italian American Museum NY, Consulate General of Italy NY, Ft Lauderdale Italian Festival FL, San Gennaro Fest NY, Madonnari Art Festival MD), in Watamu Kenya, Vietnam Hanoi “Jazz Diva Residency at Sofitel Metropole) and Europe with her projects and as guest (Umbria Jazz, Pomigliano Jazz Festival, Moncalieri Jazz Festival, Napoli Jazz Festival, Blue Note Milano, Peperoncino Jazz Festival, Alatri Jazz Festival, Montecorice Jazz Festival, Pozzuoli Jazz Festival, Sunset Jazz Festival, Teatro Summerte, Teatro La Claque, Teatro Eduardo De Filippo, Sunset Jazz Festival, and many more). Simona joined the Duke Ellington Sacred Concerts conducted by Randal Keith Horton (Duke Ellington, Michael Jackson) and was invited to sing many times at the prestigious Friars Club in Manhattan by the actor/singer Dominic Chianese (The Godfather, Sopranos). Simona is also very close to her neapolitan roots in the USA, organizing events for the italian-american community. In 2014 she produced and organized a concert named after the same parallel that links Napoli and New York:”41st parallel”. A titanic operation with 60 musicians on the stage of the LeFrak Concert Hall in Queens. That night was awarded by the Country Executive Ed. Mangano for her spirit of leadership and dedication to the italian-american community. She was also invited to represent Italy for the ABC7 National American TV during the Columbus Day Parade 2014 on the famous Fith Ave.
Simona is also an active music teacher both in New York, Italy and China where she’s actually teaching Vocal Jazz at the Beijing Contemporary Music Academy.
Touring internationally, she’s working on her third album as a leader.
Simona de Rosa – vocals
Clemens Orth – piano
José Díaz de León – guit
Reza Askari – bass
Antonio Fusco – drums