Bobby Selvaggio is one of the leading voices on alto sax in today's Jazz scene. In the words of two of todays main figures in Jazz: Kenny Werner - ".....Bobby is among the best of players out there...." and Joe Lovano - ".....Bobby is one of the few young saxophonists on the scene today that captures you with his strong presence, focus, and sound.......". Bobby plays alto and soprano sax, alto clarinet, flute, is a bandleader of multiple projects, composer and arranger, Jazz clinician, and Assistant Director of Jazz Studies at Kent State University.
The VJO has played 45 years of Monday nights here, in a rarely interrupted run. Dee Dee Bridgewater sang with the original iteration, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. In February, NPR Music webcast the VJO Live at the Village Vanguard. We have more from that night, including Thad Jones's "My Centennial."
The Either/Orchestra is one of the Boston scene's major exports to the world of jazz. Since 1985, the 10-piece E/O has been crisscrossing the US and the planet, as well as traversing the length and breadth of jazz history, and putting its own unique stamp on a startlingly wide range of styles. In the last 14 years, their palette has grown to encompass modern Ethiopian music, and the E/O has been the go-to band on the subject, having collaborated with such greats as Mahmoud Ahmed, Mulatu Astatke and Teshome Mitiku. Band alumni include John Medeski, Matt Wilson and Miguel Zenon.
With three Grammys to her credit, Lari White's multi-faceted career as an award-winning recording artist, hit songwriter, producer, independent record label owner, and versatile actress has earned her the title of Nashville's "Renaissance Woman." As the first female producer of a male superstar, Lari recently made music history by producing Toby Keith's platinum album White Trash with Money. Her songwriting credits include Tammy Wynette, Lonestar, Toby Keith, and Sarah Buxton, and Danny Gokey.
At first blush, this Jamaican pianist seems an unlikely leader to honor a "king" and a "chairman of the board." But Monty Alexander discovered jazz at a Nat King Cole concert and played his first New York gig at Sinatra's old haunt called 'Jilly's'. Alexander offers fresh, inventive readings on "Sweet Lorraine," "Come Fly with Me" and more -- with vocalists James DeFrances and Allan Harris. Wendell Pierce hosts.