This musical threesome packs a powerful punch of emotions, woven into a tapestry of infectious rhythms—jazz, funk, soul, latin— or whatever might inspire them in the moment. Formed in late 2016, their unique and joyful chemistry smoothly come together from their common musical tastes and collective years of playing experience, capturing listeners from the very first downbeat of the show.
Led by the petite and personable Rose Ann Dimalanta, renown for her earlier musical incarnation as ‘rad.’ as well as having been a former member of Prince’s NPG, the trio perfectly complements her signature vocal and keyboard sound, a funky mixture of music styles from her hometown of Oakland, California. Her evolution continues by diving deeper into songwriting while still commanding the keys and vocals in the tradition of her idols George Duke or Tania Maria.
Also from Oakland, the now-Los Angeles based Raymond McKinley, is often regarded as the ‘bass player’s bass player.' His gospel roots quickly led him to high profile gigs with iconic artists like Patti Labelle, Sheila E., Rachelle Ferrell, Tower of Power, George Duke (…the list is long!). Carrying on the legacy of bassists such as James Jamerson, Larry Graham or Earth, Wind & Fire’s Verdine White, Raymond’s bedrock-solid timing, tasteful tone and the sweet sticky smack of genuine funk constitutes a master class for anyone who lives by the groove.
Finally, St. Gallen born and Berklee alumnus Massimo Buonanno completes the trinity with his fiercely passionate drumming. One of Europe’s most in-demand musicians (Seven, Gregor Meyle), his style is influenced by the precision of Steve Jordan, the grooviness of Steve Gadd and the bounce of young lions like Questlove and Stanley Randolph. His fiery solos are legendary.
Count on the Rose Ann Dimalanta Trio to deliver soulful performances with world class musicianship. A truly ‘must-see’ show.
A new album is set for release in Fall 2018.