leading alto saxophone voices Bobby Selvaggio


Bobby Selvaggio Jazz Quartet


Performer, composer, arranger and educator, Bobby Selvaggio is one of the leading alto saxophone voices on today's jazz scene. A native of Cleveland, he is Director of the Jazz Studies program at Kent State University. A graduate of Kent and Manhattan School of Music, Bobby spent four years in New York gigging around town in places like the Vanguard and Birdland. He returned to his hometown and is dedicated to keeping jazz alive in Cleveland.

Bobby Selvaggio Jazz Quartet  consists of local area jazz musicians with impressive backgrounds. Bobby Selvaggio is one of the leading alto saxophone voices on today’s jazz scene. In the words of Kenny Werner, “Bobby is among the best of players out there,” and legendary saxophonist Joe Lovano praises Bobby by calling him “one of the few young saxophonists on the scene today that captures you with his strong presence, focus, and sound.”

Hailing from the Cleveland area, Mr. Selvaggio earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Performance from Kent State University. He eventually moved to New York City and earned a Master’s degree in Jazz Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. After living in New York for four years, Bobby decided to move back to Cleveland with his family. He has dedicated himself to keeping jazz alive in Cleveland and his passion for jazz education has led him to serve as Assistant Director of Jazz Studies at Kent State University.

Joining Mr. Selvaggio on the acoustically sound stage of Christ Church Episcopal is Theron Brown. Not only is Mr. Brown an accomplished jazz pianist, he also has a Master’s Degree in classical piano performance and an acting role on his resume. In 2012, he auditioned for and was cast as young Herbie Hancock in the film about Miles Davis, Miles Ahead, directed by and starring Don Cheadle.

Theron Brown has performed with The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, The Sam Blakeslee Large Ensemble, Dave Banks Big Band, The Huntertones (formerly DW6), Sean Jones, Joe Lovano, Javon Jackson and many more. Mr. Brown is a professor of Jazz Piano at Kent State University and Youngstown State University, and he is immensely involved in promoting jazz and classical music. Brown is also the co-founder and director of the Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival which takes place annually in Akron, OH.

Joining Selvaggio and Brown is Jordan McBride who picked up the bass at age 12 and began to develop a sound influenced by the Philadelphia Jazz scene. McBride has performed with numerous musicians in the Philadelphia area including jazz legend Jimmy Heath. He has performed for the Philadelphia Mayor, John Street and Philadelphia Eagle owner, Jeffrey Lurie. McBride holds an Artist Degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he worked with Peter Dominquez and Gerald Cannon.

Zaire Darden, drums, will be performing for Music from The Western Reserve as part of the jazz quartet. After learning Cuban, Brazilian and West African drumming traditions, he later turned to the drum set competing in jazz band competitions, most notably the Berklee School of Music High School Jazz Festival in Boston, MA. Darden studied with Philadelphia's Craig McIver, who was taught by Philly Joe Jones and Max Roach. By his senior year, he continued to work with various artists and perform in Barack Obama's Inauguration in 2009. Darden continued his musical studies by attending and graduating from Oberlin Conservatory of Music for jazz studies with a degree in jazz drum performance.

Concert :5 p.m. on Sunday, March 11 at Christ Church Episcopal located at 21 Aurora Street, in the heart of downtown Hudson.

There will be a meet-the-artist reception immediately following the concert. This evening’s performance is graciously sponsored by Larry Santon and Hudson Rotary Foundation.

Sunday, March 11, 2018 5:00 pm
Christ Church Episcopal, Hudson, Ohio

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