Houston's music community is still reeling after popular bassist Rozzano Zamorano was found dead in his Montrose apartment late last week. Friends say Zamorano failed to show up for a gig with Vince Converse last Friday night at Dan Electro's Guitar Bar, leading police officers alerted by his family to break down his door and discover him unconscious in his bed. Zamorano had just celebrated his 44th birthday the previous weekend at a gig with his band the Fondue Monks, also at Dan Electro's.
Photo courtesy of Greg Davis L-R: Fondue Monks Denver Courtney and Rozzano Zamorano
"Rozz to not show up at a gig -- that never happened," says Fondue Monks singer Denver Courtney, who had been Zamorano's bandmate since the group formed in 1991. "I've been onstage with Rozz when he had a 103-degree fever and was puking off the back of the stage."
After that birthday gig, Courtney says he and Zamorano had lunch the following Monday, and the bassist was excited for the future. The two had been talking about making another Fondue Monks record, he says, which would have been the R&B/funk-rock band's first new release in a decade. But that was the last Courtney says he ever saw of Zamorano, whose death cuts straight to the quick of an old-growth ring of the modern Houston music scene. This is a big loss.