This page was updated on 10/17/18
New Jersey-based frontman, singer, & harmonica player Rob Paparozzi has been a blues performer since 1967. But Rob is far from being strictly a blues musician. In fact, he's at home playing a wide range of music, ranging from rock to blues to jazz to pop. This versatility is reflected in the long and remarkably diverse list of major artists Rob has worked with, including B.B.King, Dr. John, Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Carole King, Roberta Flack, Culture Club, Cyndi Lauper, Randy Newman, Jimmy McGriff, and James Galway.
Rob has toured the world with the “Original Blues Brothers Band”, featuring guitar legend Steve Cropper and special guest Eddie Floyd and also as Frontman-Lead Singer for the Legendary "Blood Sweat and Tears"
Rob is now accepting Booking from SOLO to 10 Piece Band for PAPAROZZI's JUKE JOINT a retrospevtive of Rob's whole career. Contact Rob at the email on the bottom of this page for a breakdown and price quote of a Juke Joint Show to fit your venue's needs
More CD Reviews and Press releases!
“Please take the time to listen to Rob’s new album. I’m positive you will be amazed if you have not heard him before.”
--Steve Cropper (Booker T. & the MGs, original Blues Brothers Band)
“Rob’s CD sounds amazing and his performances are over-the-top killing!”
--Will Lee (David Letterman, Fab Faux)
Writer:Downbeat,Grove Press writes:
Native New Yorker Rob Paparozzi is a special artist who sings and plays harmonica with just the right blend of verve and empathy on his first feature album Etruscan Soul—now available on the Honeydripper Records label. The front man with the legendary, globetrotting, Blood, Sweat & Tears and the popular Tri-State area Hudson River Rats is joined on this swinging and intelligent rock-blues-soul-jazz-r&b release by world-class talent. The supporting vocalists are the one-and-only Phoebe Snow, Vanesse Thomas, and Antonique Smith. Among the stellar sideman are guitarists Leo Nocentelli (from the Meters), Chuck Rainey, Hugh McCracken, and George Naha; bassists Harvey Brooks and Will Lee; keyboardists John Korba and Ed Alstrom; and drummers Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Chris Parker, and Shawn Pelton.
Paparozzi says in the liner notes that these “skilled musicians help me paint the muse deep inside my ‘Etruscan Soul’.” It’s way more than a snappy album title. The phrase is defined throughout the 15 songs of the recording by the depth and clarity of the man’s singing and his harmonica playing. The special you-know-it-when-you-hear-it spirit—yes, Etruscan Soul—that motors Paparozzi’s music traces back many centuries to his family’s origins in ancient Etruria, the west-central Italian country whose great civilization was eclipsed by Rome in the third century B. C. Talk about good genes.
Combining soulfulness and musical imagination, Paparozzi exhibits a natural ability to personalize songs that rate among his all-time favorites. He has chosen carefully from the treasure-troves of classic pop, rock, blues-rock, and jazz: the Beatles’ “Ticket To Ride,” Cream’s “Strange Brew,” Stephen Stills’ “Love the One You’re With,” Randy Newman’s “I Think It’s Going To Rain Today,” Sting’s “She’s Too Good for Me,” Steely Dan’s “Peg,” and Elton John & Bernie Taupin’s “Border Song.” The man knows his way around top-grade blues and r&b songbooks too, revamping in his distinctive way Delbert McClinton’s “Monkey Around,” Keb’ Mo’’s “Keep It Simple,” Allen Toussaint’s “I’m Gone,” Little Willie John’s “Let Them Talk,” Arthur Adams’s “Love and Peace” (covered years back by Quincy Jones, the Jazz Crusaders, etc.) and the standard “Peg O’ My Heart.” There’s also a fresh, inventive arrangement of the Quincy Jones film soundtrack number that Ray Charles interpreted so stirringly, “In the Heat of the Night,” plus the jazz chestnut “Body and Soul.”
Make Resv. Rob @ SHANGHAI JAZZ
Saturday Nov 3rd, 2018 (2 shows)Call (973) 822-2899 with John Korba, Dan Boone and Andrea ValentiniShanghai Jazz Webpage
Make Resv. Rob @ MCLOONE'S
Supper Club in Asbury Pk NJFriday Nov 16th, 2018 (8pm)Call (732) 774-1165 with John Korba, Dan Boone and Lee Finkelstein (Opening for THE JOHN TROPEA BAND)McLoone's Supper Club Webpage
Study Harmonica with Rob:
One on One in Morris County, NJ or SKYPE!
$100 for a 75 Min Lesson (Payments are Via Paypal)
" Rob's FALL 2018 Shows "
10/26 - 27 Rob at BRISTOL Harpfest UK
11/03 Rob's Quartet @Shanghai Jazz Madison, NJ
11/07 Rob w/John Korba @Barnacle Bill Rumson
11/10 Rob's Trio Rustic Wheelhouse Chester, NY
11/11 Rob's FALCON BRUNCH Marlboro, NY
11/14 Rob at LINDEN Libray 7pm Linden.NJ
11/16 Rob w/John Tropea Band Mcloones Asbury Pk
11/24 Rob w/John Korba @Barnacle Bill Rumson
11/26 Rob w John Miller Band Cutting Room NYC
12/01 Van Morrison Trib@ Monmouth U
12/05 Rob w/John Korba @Barnacle Bill Rumson
12/15 Rob w/Mikey Jr Holiday Harps in Philly
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019!
01/12 Rob @Mohonk Jazz on Mtn with WBGO
01/19 Rob w/J.Miller Band City Winery NYC
03/02 Rob with Ed Palermo Big Band Iridium NY
04/12 Rob in Orlando, FL w/UCF Big Band
04/27 Rob w/Dave Keyes NORWAY TBA
What's Goin' on?...
It was great Summer with "The Original Blues Brothers band". Spain, Switzerland & Norway this pastAugust 2018 wentoff to SPAH in St. Louis, MO...
Hope you all had a GREAT Summer and looking forward to seeing you out there this Fall and watch for my NEW PAPAROZZI'S JUKE JOINT Shows! Love & Peace Rob P @2018
Now some quotes on Rob:
(Paparozzi's Juke Joint) "Rob Paparozzi is one of the most lively and entertaining performers I Know. He can sing anything and he does...Blues, Rhythm and Blues, Rock and Roll, Jazz. He'll even Croon!"....-Michael Bourne, WBGO 88.3 FM, Downbeat Magazine"Thank You for your magnificent contributions. Weare so glad to have you and your Harmonica in our Orchestra at The Will Rogers Follies on Broadway!..."-Cy Coleman, Legenday Songwriter"Rob, thank you for helping me on my recording and a great Solo! Can't wait to do it again." -Ben E. King, Singer/Songwriter"Rock and Roll is a combination ofPoetic Talent, Energy and Expolration. My Cousin Rob has and does it all. He is Amazing!"...-Bruce "Cousin Brucie" Morrow (WABC-AM, Sirius Radio)"Rob, thanks for joining us on our VH-1 Storytellers Documentary. I love the way you play Mouth Organ." -Boy George, Culture Club"Rob Paparozzi is the consummate musician, singer and entertainer. His energy is contagious to all who work with him. I'm proud to have shared the stage with Rob and honored to call him my friend"-Steve Katz, Co-founder Blood Sweat and Tears, The Blues Project"I've had the pleasure and honor of working with Rob for many, many years. And, a more talented, tasteful and sensitive player I have rarely encountered. Add to that, and probably for me most importantly, the friendship we've developed over those years. A finer person (and Musician) is not to be found."-L Leon Pendarvis Music Director/Conductor @ SNL/NBC 30 Rockefellar Ctr. NYC
"Rob Jamming with Les Paul in NYC"
Rob & Ed Palermo's
ELECTRIC BUTTER CD is here!..., Order Now on Paypal below with Special Guests:
To bookELECTRIC BUTTER email Rob at Chromboy@earthlink.net
Rob's 2009 Grammy Nominated CD with many special guests! (Duet with Phoebe Snow):