John Ruocco (USA,1952) plays tenor saxophone and clarinet. He has been closely associated with the Belgian scene. He performed with several groups there, recently as a guest with the Frank Vaganne Trio (CD 'Trios') and as a member of the Philippe Aerts Trio (CD Cat Walk). John is director of the Dutch Jazz Orchestra and he has directed The Den Haag Conservatory big band for a number of years. He had extensive featured appearances with Belgian National Radio and Television, French Radio, German National Radio and Television. He teaches at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussels, Belgium,since1996. and at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag, The Netherlands since 1987. Further he gave several workshops and clinics in Europe, USA and Taiwan and appeared on major European Festivals. For Challenge Records he appeared on 'Baseline Returns' with Hein van de Geyn and on 'With A Song In My Heart’ with Fay Claassen.