Born: June 5, 1969
Critics have called Cleveland-based saxophonist/composer Bobby Selvaggio aspiring and gifted (Bob Agnew, LA Jazz Scene) and intensely creative (Lee Prosser, JazzReview.com). The Cleveland Free Times' Chris Hovan adds, Selvaggio plays with fluidity and a highly melodic sense of purpose that at times recalls the work of Phil Woods.
A veteran of groups such as Joe Lovano's 52nd Street Nonet, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, he has performed across the United States and Canada both as a sideman and as a leader of his own groups. He is also a Conn-Selmer, Jodi Jazz Mouthpiece, and Rico Reeds artist, an active teacher/ clinician, Bobby is the Director of Jazz Studies at Kent State University....
“Bobby Selvaggio is one of the few young saxophonists on the scene today that captures you with his strong presence, focus, and sound. —Joe Lovano
“It’s not often that a composer sets up tunes and situations that make the band and every soloist sound special, but once we understood Bobby’s compositions, each and every one of them [made] us sound brilliant. Also, for my money, Bobby is among the best of players out there!” —Kenny Werner
Short StoriesOrigin Records
Way Of BeingArabesque Jazz
Grass Roots MovementArabesque Jazz
Modern TimesArabesque Jazz
Unspoken DialoguePlayscape Recordings
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Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
Director of Jazz Studies @ Kent State University