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February 14, 1953 |
Brooklyn, New York City, United States
|Occupation(s)||Bass player, musical director, composer, producer|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, keyboards|
|Associated acts||David Bowie, Rod Stewart, Joe Bonamassa, John Waite, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder ,Labelle|
Carmine Rojas (born February 14, 1953, Brooklyn, New York City, United States) 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.
Early years, as sideman
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". Live DVDs include Serious Moonlight and Glass Spider.
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.
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, Julian Lennon (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, Ziroqoco, Modern Primitives, Simranking, Sass Jordan and many others www.allmusic.com
Excerpt of the track "Ziroqoco" off Ziroqoco, displaying the use of multiple world styles including flamenco and Middle Easter percussion
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in 1998, Rojas with Rock / Flamenco guitarist Marcos Flan sang lead vocals in both Spanish and English The both arranging & composing, formed the band Ziroq in Los Angeles. The band blends Spanish, rock, flamenco, and other eastern European influences. In 2001 the band released the full-length album Ziroqoco. David Beamish of DVDActive praised the "fiery, passionate performances." A review by Mark Schwartz stated, "On their self-titled debut, Middle Eastern percussion, violin, and flamenco guitars take the fore, in counterpoint to Flan's smoky vocals."
In support of the album the band performed throughout the west coast, appearing at the Whole Earth Festival in April 2002. The 2002 Putamayo World Music compilation Regueton, the Ziroqoco track "Que Peña," peaked at #11 on the Tropical/Salsa chart at Billboard.
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, Seasaw & DVD Live From Amsterdam), and the DVDs Live from the Royal Albert Hall and Live from the Beacon Theatre.
With Joe Bonamassa
You & Me 2006
Sloe Gin 2007
Live from Nowhere in Particular 2008
The Ballad of John Henry 2009
Live from the Royal Albert Hall ( DVD & CD ) 2009
Black Rock 2010
Dust Bowl 2011
Don't Explain 2011 (with Beth Hart)
Driving Towards the Daylight 2012
Beacon Theatre: Live from New York ( DVD & CD ) 2012
Seesaw 2013 (with Beth Hart )
Live in Amsterdam 2014 ( DVD & CD with Beth Hart )
Different Shades of Blue 2014
- Carmine Rojas discography at Discogs , www.allmusic.com
- Carmine Rojas interviewed by Bass Player Magazine
- "Joe Bonamassa - About Joe Bonamassa and Band". Jbonamassa.com. Retrieved 2014-07-30.
- Valotte (Inner sleeve). Julian Lennon. Charisma, Universal Music Group. 1984. JLLP 1.
- Beamish, David. "Siroq review". DVDActive. Retrieved 2014-05-25.
- Schwartz, Mark. "Ziroqoco Review". Barnes and Nobles: Official Reviews.
- Tarquin, Brian (July 10, 2008). "Shredding the Rumba - Marcos Flan". Premier Guitar. Retrieved 2014-05-21.
- Roberts, Ian (August 14, 2002). "Rojas, Kentis and Jacoby feature on new DVD". Rod Stewart Fan Club. Retrieved 2014-05-25.
- "Rumba Flamenco". Allmusic. 2002. Retrieved 2014-05-25.