Speaking the voice of drums...
Being the son of a skilled church organist and composer, I've been fortunate to have good music around me since childhood. I’ve played drums since the age of 8, and decided that I would pursue a career in music when I finished upper secondary school as a music major at the age of 19. I went on to study at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and now work in a variety of projects, almost exclusively in jazz.
My current band, the Jacob Roved Quintet, released its first album ‘Remembering Billy Strayhorn’ in August 2015, which has been well received by music critics.
I have previously led a number of own projects, and been co-leader of the bands ‘Dr. Drawbars’ and ‘Organic Beat’. Through the years, I've been fortunate to perform with such great artists as:
In 2006-08, I was co-initiator and artistic director of the Copenhagen Jazz Festival concerts at Prøvehallen in Valby, and in 2015 I was an academy member for the Danish Music Awards Jazz.
Since 2013, I’ve been a board member and treasurer of The Danish Jazz Musicians' Society, working to increase the knowledge and awareness of jazz music among Danish people.
Furthermore, I have extensive experience in teaching drums and ensembles and currently teach private students at my studio in Copenhagen.
Jacob Roved Quintet
In 2015 the Jacob Roved Quintet released the album ’Remembering Billy Strayhorn’ as a celebration of Billy Strayhorn’s 100th anniversary.
George Harris of jazzweekly.com reviewed ‘Remembering Billy Strayhorn’ with these words:
“Ruocco’s clarinet usage was a stroke of genius, as it melds wonderfully on the snappy “Johnny Come Lately” and glows on the dreamy “A Flower is A Lonesome Thing”…. Roved himself is sleek on the brushes during the chamber-sounding “Lotus Blossom” and gives a clever Latin tinge to the usually somber “Chelsea Bridge.” Even more surprising, and pleasantly so, is the extroverted read of “Day Dream” with a ¾ pulse a perfect vehicle for the horns. Strays would give a salute here.”
The band performed at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival in 2008 and toured the Winter Jazz festivals in Denmark in 2014 and 2016, supported by the Danish Art Foundation, Danish Musicians' Union, Danish Jazz Musicians’ Society, and JazzDanmark.
The Jacob Roved Quintet gives compelling and memorable live performances, effortlessly showing that Strayhorn’s music is both modern and highly relevant, even if today the composer would have been 100 years old!