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London born (NYC BASED) Singer/Songwriter and Pianist Oli Rockberger was identified by London Broadsheet 'The Times' as 'A rising star in the arts firmament' by age 18. Shortly after, he gained a Full Tuition Scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music where he 'won every formal accolade they could hand him' (Phil DiPietro – "All About Jazz") including the highly coveted 'Quincy Jones Endowed Scholarship' for outstanding young composers.

Since then, Oli has gone on to establish himself as a first rate international performer with solo artist highlights including: The Royal Albert Hall (UK), The Phoenix Jazz Festival (Japan), The Brecon Jazz Festival (UK), Steinway and Sons of Boston, Soul of The Blues Festival Cornelia Street Café (Headliner 2006, 2007) and a sell out show at top London Jazz venue, The Pizza Express Jazz Club (2007).

Equally in demand as a Session Musician/Producer/Arranger, Oli recently Co-Produced and performed on the forthcoming album "Chasing Shadows" by prodigious bassist Tony Grey (Hiromi, John McLaughlin). The album, which features a host of first class instrumental talent including Chris "daddy" Dave, Lionel Loueke and Gregoire Maret, will be released in the USA on "Abstract Logix" in April, and in Japan on "Ward Records" in May. Oli also appears as a special guest on Mocean Worker's most recent album "Cinco De Mowo" which features performances by Marcus Miller, Herb Alpert and Steven Bernstein. As a Songwriter, Oli penned an original "Quiet" and a co-write "Orange Moon" (with Jesse Hayes) last year which both appeared on the album "Ai Wo" by EMI Japan Artist Aika, garnering radio airplay and a top ten chart position. Most recently, Oli appears on The Billy Holliday "Remixed and Reimagined" album on Legacy Records (SONY) and on the new live album by virtuoso bassist Janek Gwizdala, recorded over two nights at NYC's legendary Jazz Venue, "The 55 Bar".

Oli has shared the stage with a diverse range of world class musical artists on both sides of the pond from jazz & soul, through funk, pop, rock and gospel. Recent highlights include performances with Saxophonist Bob Reynolds (The Blue Note, The "MayerCraft Carrier" on a shared bill with John Mayer, Soulive, Martin Sexton) Jazz/Electronica artist Mocean Worker (The Blue Note, Joe's Pub, "Bumbershoot Festival" Seattle, KCRW Live Sessions LA, "Treasure Island Festival" San Francisco) Singer/Songwriter Marlon Saunders (Jazz Cafe, Blue Note, Symphony Space) and Bassist Janek Gwizdala Band (55 Bar - live recording).

Press includes a feature in Playboy Japan's NYC Arts/Culture post 9-11 in an article featuring both upcoming and established jazz luminaries such as Ron Carter, Wynton Marsalis and Makoto Ozone. Oli has also been featured several times in NYC's "All About Jazz" magazine as well as in "Time Out" (London), UK Broadsheets such as 'The Times', 'The Telegraph', and in UK Jazz Magazines like 'Jazz UK' and 'Jars' (Ronnie Scott's in-house magazine). Radio airplay includes UK's Jazz FM and BBC Radio as well as numerous US jazz radio podcasts.
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Gig tonight at Cornelia Street Cafe 8.30

Posted on April 23, 2008 at 7:00am 0 Comments

Dear friends,

Just a quick note for any of you in the NYC area - wanted to let you know about my gig tonight - Wed April 23rd - in one of my favorite venues - Cornelia St Cafe with a great lineup. Details below - hope to see you there:

Feat: Tony Grey (Bass), Jordan Perlson (Drums), Bob Reynolds (Sax)

Wed April 23rd 8.30 Sharp...(doors open 8.20 - suggest arriving then to get seating).

Cornelia St Cafe - 29 Cornelia St, ACE, BDFV to West 4th… Continue

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At 1:17pm on March 14, 2009, Jaijai Jackson said…
Happy Birthday from all of us here in The Jazz Network Oli!!!
At 10:33am on March 14, 2009, Sandi said…
Wishing you a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY today!
At 1:51pm on September 15, 2008, Airborne said…

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At 2:24pm on April 30, 2008, Yuki said…
Konnichiwa Oli,

Great to connect with you on TJN. :-) Thank you for adding me!

At 11:45am on March 22, 2008, Yuki said…
Hi Oli,

Great to see you here! David C. has introduced me to this network. Hope all is great with you.


P.S. Great album! Yours is definitely in my top 5 favorite CDs of the year!
At 10:54pm on March 4, 2008, Mocean Worker said…
JAZZ, what is JAZZ? Does it happen on the Pennines? Does it occur in the shadows of the wind that howls over the darkest parts of eastern europe at night between the hours of 3 and 5 am on odd numbered days?

does it involve all sniffing vapors of spray paint in brown paper bags? Is JAZZ upon us or are we upon JAZZ? Is Jazz from Scunthorpe?

Answer me these questions Oli.......answer me these......say you will.......say you will.

At 4:44am on February 23, 2008, Mocean Worker said…
Surprise of surprises....guess where I will be tomorrow morning? That's right watching SPURS in NYC avec thee...gimme a holler and let me know where to go man. My brother got the flu and stayed home so I decided to stay home as well. Just thought the JAZZ NETWORK should know that.....its JAZZ news , is it not? When a DORN gets the flu and anorher DORN changes travel plans and doth not take a flight, is it not NEWS OF JAZZ? me doth thinks doth DOTH!



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At 9:13pm on February 22, 2008, Mocean Worker said…
I took a sword of your tears and stabbed them in..........PLEASE BE MY BESTEST JAZZ FRIEND OLI........PLEASE.........what would you say the odds are of us getting Zach on here? 1,000,0000,000 to 1? or higher?

At 1:30pm on February 22, 2008, Cyrus Chestnut said…
Thanks...I look forward to it as well.
At 3:27pm on February 20, 2008, David "Young Professor" Cowan said…
Yo Oli,

what's shakin? Miss you too! And especially since we RARELY played together in Boston. Those two or three times got me wanting to get me some more o' that UK funk o' yours.

Anyway, I hear NY's treatin you pretty well. Good deal...keep in touch.

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