Lorenzo Petrocca, born in 1964 at Crotone/southern Italy, came to Germany in 1979 as an emigrant with his family. He mastered the big changes of the two cultures and the loss of everything familiar to him by the boxing - a sport he already practised in Italy before. In 1981 he succeeded in being the Champion of Wuerttemberg in his weight class.
From 1982 on he showed his first musical interests. At that time he was already 18 years old. And so he bought his first electric guitar. Soon after that he already played with Italian dance bands, from 1986 on within soul and funk bands among American soldiers. The Jazz he finally discovered in 1989 when he was already 25 years.
During the 90s, he played as a member of swing groups such as: Charly Höllering All Stars,
Alexander Katz Swing Management, Oskar Klein Young Lions of Jazz, Charly Antolini and the LE BIG BAND.
Today Lorenzo can be heard with his "Lorenzo Petrocca Organ Trio" and his Quartet or with Isabelle Bodenseh and "Jazz á la Flute", all over Germany and more and more in his home country Italy as well as in many European countries. Lorenzo Petrocca is also a demanded sideman, for example as a member of "ITALIAN ORGAN TRIO" a band dedicated to Italian standards with Alberto Marsico ( Torino-italy) Hammond Organ and Tommy Bradaschio (milano-italy) drums. Further on with Ulla Haesen Band, Barbara Bürkles Swingin' Woods, We remember Charles Swing Band, and also the "Olymp ALL STARS".
In July 1998, he succeeded at the International Band Contest in Vienne/France as the second best band of the contest.
In April 2001, he received the Honorary Citizenship of the City of New Orleans after a one week tour through Lousiana/USA.
2011 winner of "Archtop-Germany CD des Jahres 2011" Lorenzo's CD "My Music" as BEST Jazz-guitar CD in Germany
His records had been nominated several times for the list of the best records of the 'German Record Critics' Award'. 2019 his new album 'Oh Soul Mio' got nominated for of the list of the best records as well.
Lorenzo Petrocca played in the following countries:
Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria, Croatia, Slowenia, Poland, Russia, England, Ireland, Scotland, North Ireland, Estland, Finnland, Norway, Denmark, Lithuania, Sweden, Mosambique, South-Africa, Zimbabwe, India and USA
Lorenzo with his Organ Trio at Entenmanns Esslingen
Lorenzo with his Organ Trio playing in the German TV show "Kaffee oder Tee" on SWR Television
Lorenzo talking about Boxing and Jazz
Lorenzo Petrocca has toured and recorded with:
Lorenzo Petrocca on German-Italian TV "Perbacco Talk"
Monty Alexander, Scott Hamilton, Herb Ellis, Martin Drew, Jim Sneidero, Tony Scott, Tootie, Jimmy and Percy Heath, Dusko Goykovich, Danny Moss, Oscar Klein, Ack van Rooyen, Lars Erstrand, Benny Bailey, Billy Mitchel, Peanuts Hucko, Jeff Clayton, Don Rader, Harry Allen, Jiggs Whigham, Chico Chagas, Peter Herbolzheimer, Bobby Burgess, Howard Levy, Tony Mann, John Ruoco, Ron Williams, Dave Glasser, Jasper Thilo, Hazy Osterwald, Pete York, Alan Barnes, Al Martino, Bruno de Filippi, Gianni Basso, Andrea Marcelli, Paolo Pellegatti, Paolo Tommelleri, Jimmy Larocca, Marco Ricci, Massimo Moriconi, Attilio Zanchi, Giorgio Rosciglione, Calogero Marrali, Giuseppe Milici, Anita Vitale, Stefano Bagnoli, Caterina Zapponi, Giorgio Rosciglione, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Charly Antolini, Rossano Sportiello, Emil Mangelsdorf, Max Greger jr., Gustl Mayer, The European Swing Stars, Charles Höllering, Patrick Artero, Dizzy Krisch, Bill Ramsey, Sebastian Studnitsky, Heiner Franz, Bruce Adams, Paul Kuhn, Gee Hye Lee, Henning Sieverts, Denise Gorden, Melva Houston, Harriet Lewis, Anne Czichowsky, Barbara Bürkle, Isabelle Bodenseh, Ulla Haesen, Wolfgang Schlüter, Roman Schwaller, Isla Eckinger, Martin Gjakonovski, Rocky Knauer, Patrick Manzecchi, Axel Kühn, Jochen Feucht, Mulo Francel, Jürgen Bothner, Andy Maile, Alex Jung, Michael Keul, Helmut Nieberle, Lindy Huppertsberg, Fauzia Maria Beg, Martin Breinschmid, Nicki Parrott, Dan Barrett, Sal la Rocca, Gabor Bolla, Alberto Marsico, Angelo Cultreri, Max De Aloe, Jens Bunge, William Lecomte, Klaus Graf, Dotschy Reinhardt , Thilo Wagner, Andy Herrmann, Olaf Polziehn, Jesse Milliner, Colin Dawson, T.C. Pfeiler, Guido May, Axel Pape, John Hondorp, Patrick Tompert, Joel Locher, Jermaine Landsberger, Peter Weinger, Stefan Koschitzki, Wilson de Oliveira, Howard Alden, Li Tian Long, Lula Galvao, Alfonso Garrido, Joris Dudli, Daniel Messina, Bobby Falta, Ralph Herrnkind, Johnny Varro, Helmut Kagerer, Jean-yves Jung, Marcel Gustke, Simon Wyrsch, Thomas Siffling and many others.