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, 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....
read more

”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
Personnel: Bobby Selvaggio-alto sax Dan Wall-piano Matt Perko-drums Gary Hoopengardner-bass

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

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

Unspoken Dialogue
Playscape Recordings
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
Personnel: Bobby Selvaggio-alto and soprano saxes Kenny Werner-piano Nathan Douds-drums Matt Wigton-bass Sean Jones-trumpet Dan Murphy-piano

Disclaimer: All About Jazz is not responsible for the accuracy of the discographical data at the website(s) provided. If a link is no longer valid, please contact Thank you.

Primary Instrument:
Sax, alto

Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Assistant Director Jazz Studies Kent State University

Conn-Selmer Artist Rico Reeds Artist

Please Sign Up or Log In to send your inquiry.

Events Calendar

Sorry, there are no Bobby Selvaggio events available at this time. Submit one now.

TIP: Reach multiple calendar destinations with a single post. Learn now here.

comments powered by Disqus
Rank: 1,609 Views: 8,891 Fans: 76

Weekly Giveaways

Ed Palermo

Ed Palermo
About | Enter

Matthew Shipp

Matthew Shipp
About | Enter

Matt Ridley

Matt Ridley
About | Enter

Tord Gustavsen

Tord Gustavsen
About | Enter

An innovative and rich resource For Jazz Musicians

The All About Jazz musician database grows daily
with the help of musicians, supportive professionals and advocates.

Musician? Plug in and promote yourself today.

Learn how