Born and raised in Rochester, NY, Art is a jazz composer, arranger and versatile woodwind instrumentalist. Primarily an alto saxophonist, he is proficient on soprano saxophone, flute and clarinet. He began his musical studies on piano at age 6, took up clarinet at age 10 and then alto saxophone a year later. Soon after, Art developed a strong interest in jazz and began studying improvisation. During his high school years, Art won an Outstanding Soloist Award at the 2000 Essentially Ellington Festival in New York City, played in the New York State All-State Jazz Ensemble, and was one of two winners in the Rochester Area Young Jazz Artist competition in 2001. As a result, he performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra “Pops” that summer in a concert directed by Jeff Tyzik.
Felluca’s solo is excellent. This kid has some real
ability on saxophone and one should keep their eyes open for
him in the future. He builds his solo carefully by
elaborating on an opening idea and then turning it around
into a variety of permutations, all the while building the
excitement. -Thomas R. Erdmann, reviewing Chriz Vazquez's
album Plurality on JazzReview.com