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Bobby Selvaggio

Born: June 5, 1969    Primary Instrument: Sax, alto

Bobby Selvaggio

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 and Rico Reeds artist, an active teacher/ clinician, and the founder of the Aurora Center for Jazz Studies in Aurora, Ohio....
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”His fluid tone and easygoing articulation carry the alto and soprano on a journey that respects tradition while pumping new energy into the scene.” --All About Jazz

“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

As a Leader

First Steps
Self-produced
1998
Personnel: Bobby Selvaggio-alto sax Dan Wall-piano Matt Perko-drums Gary Hoopengardner-bass

Round
Self-produced
2001
Personnel: Bobby Selvaggio-alto and soprano saxes Mike Murray-piano Matt Perko-drums Chris Howes-violin

Visions Transitions
Self-produced
2003
Personnel: Bobby Selvaggio-alto and soprano saxes Dan Murphy-Fender Rhodes Matt Perko-drums Kip Reed-bass

Unspoken Dialogue
Playscape Recordings
2007
Personnel: Bobby Selvaggio-alto and soprano saxes Kenny Werner-piano Jamey Haddad-drums Ben Street-bass Paul Tynan-trumpet Matt Perko-drums

Modern Times
Arabesque Jazz
2009
Personnel: Bobby Selvaggio-alto and soprano saxes Kenny Werner-piano Nathan Douds-drums Matt Wigton-bass Sean Jones-trumpet Dan Murphy-piano

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Primary Instrument:
Sax, alto

Location:
Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Credentials/Background:
Assistant Director Jazz Studies Kent State University

Conn-Selmer Artist Rico Reeds Artist

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