HJO Featuring Rob Zappulla at Elicit Brewery

Rob Zappulla — Guest Artist with the Hartford Jazz Orchestra
Not many vocalists/trumpeters have performed with one of the most popular big bands of all time – The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

From 2001 to 2009, Rob was the featured vocalist for this renowned big band under the direction of the legendary Buddy Morrow.  Morrow, who performed with bandleader Tommy Dorsey, declared that “Zappulla’s talent, his rich baritone voice, his own style and interpretation of the Great American Songbook, and as a dynamic entertainer, was a perfect match for this great Orchestra.”  The affiliation took this great singer on tour with the Orchestra around the globe and to performing at the 2005 President’s Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C.

Rob grew up in Connecticut and as a young boy, heard a recording of “The Brave Bulls” by Harry James and then was captivated by the music of Herb Alpert and the die was cast. In 4th grade, Rob began his trumpet studies in the local school system under the direction of Paul Karam and Ron Campanario. His first private trumpet instructor was Conrad Gozzo at the Burritt Music Shop in New Britain, CT, cousin of the famous lead trumpeter Conrad Gozzo. Soon after, Rob was influenced by Clifford Brown, Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard and Conrad Gozzo, among several other jazz and classical trumpet players.

Elicit Brewery
165 Adams Street
Manchester, CT 06042
www.elicitbrewing.com

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