" BE the change you want to see..." ~ Gandhi
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa.. I am of Spanish and Irish descent. I began singing, writing songs and playing guitar when I was 16. The very next year, I auditioned for a pop/R&B group and spent the next two years performing in nightclubs in the Philly area.
performing material by Tania Maria, Chaka Khan, Ricki Lee Jones, Gino Vanelli, Flora Purim, and any eclectic, fun music you could think of!
...I sang on a TV pilot for Merv Griffin, with the Amazing Jonathan. Merv was wonderful, he had a loving and supportive spirit.
1991 - 1996
My group performs in Aruba and The Grand Cayman Islands. I fall in love with music of Brazil: Antonio Carlos Jobim, Dori Caymmi, Djavan, Joao Gilberto and Elis Regina.
1992 to 1996 was an intense period of learning and studying for me. I fell in love with Kenny Wheeler and Norma Winstone, Chet Baker and his soulful, tasty solos, Keith Jarrett, Carmen McRae singing Monk, just to name a few. Bassist Timmie Lekan and I began getting together regularly, just bass and voice, exploring bop heads and soloing without chordal instruments. We performed together as a duo, with just bass and voice.
We also started writing together. Played in Japan with my trio. We were there for a month.On our return trip to the states, we spent some time in Portland, Oregon, recording and playing with wonderful Randy Porter.
1996 - 2000
In 1997, I wrote lyric and sang on the Tim Lekan CD "PM." Of the "PM" recording: "Gina Roche' is what makes the listener sit up and take notice" -Jazz News
From 1997-1998, I sang with the all female Latina group "Ellas". We played Afro-Cuban, merengue, salsa and Latin jazz, performing in clubs, the Latino/Americano Festival and outdoor festivals for the Avenue of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Toured for a short time with the world music group "World Color," singing in different languages, with musicians from Africa, Japan and Mexico.
"The Sacred Divas" Mikki Kornegay, Sherry Butler & I (a gospel/jazz group) came to be during this time, performing with some great Philly jazz musicians…Doc Gibbs, Gerald Veasley, Barry Sames and Monet Sudler, to name a few.
I released my debut CD "Dawning of a New Way." The CD features original compositions and standards.
"The Gina Roché Quartet" opened for McCoy Tyner at Kennedy Plaza for the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts.
I performed as guest artist in concert and on WRTI "live" with Gerald Veasley and his Electric Mingus Project.
Philadelphia Kimmel Center concert honoring Ambassador Walter Annenberg, performing an original composition "Tender Time of Year" with symphony orchestra.
…oh and the best collaborations to date, I married my love and best friend John. We had our first daughter 2001 and our second daughter in 2004.
2008 - 2011
International Night at Kennedy Plaza in Atlantic City - Gina Roché Quintet with Tony Miceli
Dante Hall Concert 2008 with Jim Ridl, Chico Huff & Erik Johnson
Cape Bank Jazz at the Point - March 8, 2009 with Nilson Matta, Randy Porter, Tony Miceli & Keith Hollis
"The Gina Roché Quartet" Dante Hall Concert 2008 with Ricardo Vogt, Allison Miller & Tim Lekan
Avalon Summer Music Series 2010 with Ricardo Vogt, Mike Boone, Jim Hamilton & Keith Hollis
Jazz Bridge Concert Series with The Gina Roché Quartet, December 2011
CD Release of THANKFULLY, late December 2011/early January 2012
Having love, having children, having my dreams realized, has caused much to happen in my musical and creative life. I have been working on my next CD entitled "Thankfully" due for release in early 2012!
I continue to write, record and perform ...and to count my blessings.