Carmine Rojas

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Carmine Rojas
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Background information
Born (1953-02-14) February 14, 1953 (age 61)
Brooklyn, New York City
Occupations Bass player, musical director, composer, producer
Instruments Bass guitar, keyboards
Associated acts David Bowie, Rod Stewart, Joe Bonamassa, John Waite, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder

Carmine Rojas (born February 14, 1953, in Brooklyn, NY) is an American bass guitarist, musical director, composer, and producer. Known for recording with David Bowie and Rod Stewart, his musical styles include rock, R&B/funk, and jazz. He is currently touring with Joe Bonamassa.[1]

Music career[edit]

Early years, as sideman[edit]

Rojas toured the world with David Bowie from 1983–1987, playing bass on several multi-platinum hits such as "Let’s Dance", "China Girl", "Modern Love" and "Blue Jean".[1] Live DVDs include Serious Moonlight and Glass Spider.[citation needed]

He recorded and toured with Julian Lennon as a musical director and bassist from 1985–1986.[citation needed]

He recorded and toured with Rod Stewart as a musical director and bass guitarist from 1988 through 2003. One of the multiple albums recorded during that time includes the MTV multi-platinum live CD and DVD, Unplugged...and Seated. He also co-wrote songs on the albums Vagabond Heart and A Spanner in the Works.[citation needed]

Carmine has also recorded, toured and played alongside Tina Turner, Keith Richards, Stevie Wonder, Ron Wood, Stevie Ray Vaughan, BB King, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Joe Bonamassa, Eric Johnson, Peter Frampton, Al Green, Carly Simon, Ian Anderson, Paul Rogers, John Waite, Steve Winwood, Billy Joel, Herbie Hancock, Lee Ritenour,[citation needed] Julian Lennon[2] (Musical Director/Bassist), John Hiatt, Carole King, Beth Hart, Bobby Womack, Sam Moore, Billy Squire, Olivia Newton-John, Michael Hutchence, Bernard Fowler, Blondie Chaplin, Billy Gibbons, Leslie West, Joe Lynn Turner, Carlos Santana, Todd Rundgren, Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx, Michael Bolton, Ivan Neville, Allen Toussaint, Phil Ramone, Kevin Shirley, Trevor Horn, Charlie Sexton, Jewel, Brandy, Dave Mason, Mike Patton, Glenn Hughes, Nektar, Tetsuya Komuro, Hitomi, Ziroq, Modern Primitives, Simranking, Sass Jordan and many others.[citation needed]


Excerpt of the track "Ziroq" off Ziroq, displaying the use of multiple world styles including flamenco and Middle Easter percussion

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in 1997, Rojas formed the band Ziroq in Los Angeles.[3] The band blends Spanish gypsy music, rock, flamenco, and other eastern European influences.[4] Flamenco guitarist Marcus Nand sang lead vocals in both Spanish and English, arranging, composing, and producing with members such as Rojas and Guillermo Pascual. In 2001 the band released the full-length album Ziroq. David Beamish of DVDActive praised the "fiery, passionate performances."[5] A review by Mark Schwartz stated, "On their self-titled debut, Middle Eastern percussion, violin, and flamenco guitars take the fore, in counterpoint to Nand's smoky vocals."[6]

In support of the album the band performed throughout the west coast,[7] appearing at the Whole Earth Festival in April 2002.[4] The 2002 Putamayo World Music compilation Rumba Flamenco, to which Rojas contributed the Ziroq track "Que Pena," peaked at #11 on the Tropical/Salsa chart at Billboard.[8]

Joe Bonamassa[edit]

Rojas has been recording and touring with blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa since 2005, including seven solo CDs (beginning with You and Me); two collaborations with Beth Hart ('Don't Explain" and "Seesaw"), and the DVDs Live from the Royal Albert Hall and Live from the Beacon Theatre.[citation needed]


With Joe Bonamassa[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Carmine Rojas discography at Discogs and
  • Carmine Rojas interviewed by Bass Player Magazine


  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ Valotte (Inner sleeve). Julian Lennon. Charisma, Universal Music Group. 1984. JLLP 1. 
  3. ^ Cite error: The named reference nandbio was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  4. ^ a b Roberts, Ian (August 14, 2002). "Rojas, Kentis and Jacoby feature on new DVD". Rod Stewart Fan Club. Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  5. ^ Beamish, David. "Ziroq review". DVDActive. Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  6. ^ Schwartz, Mark. "Ziroq Review". Barnes and Nobles: Official Reviews. 
  7. ^ Tarquin, Brian (July 10, 2008). "Shredding the Rumba - Marcus Nand". Premier Guitar. Retrieved 2014-05-21. 
  8. ^ "Rumba Flamenco". Allmusic. 2002. Retrieved 2014-05-25. 

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