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Bobby Selvaggio

Bobby Selvaggio is one of the leading alto saxophone voices on today's jazz scene. In the words of pianist 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.”

Bobby, who grew up in the Cleveland area, earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Performance from Kent State University. He eventually moved to New York City and earned a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. While in New York, Bobby studied with Joe Lovano, Bobby Watson, Dick Oatts, and Maria Schneider.

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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

Primary Instrument

Sax, alto

Location

Cleveland

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

Director of Jazz Studies @ Kent State University

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Discography

Quantum Man

Quantum Man

Dot Time Records
2017

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Short Stories

Short Stories

Origin Records
2014

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Way Of Being

Way Of Being

Arabesque Jazz
2013

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Grass Roots Movement

Grass Roots Movement

Arabesque Jazz
2011

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Modern Times

Modern Times

Arabesque Jazz
2009

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Unspoken Dialogue

Unspoken Dialogue

Playscape Recordings
2007

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