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
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Willing to teach
Advanced students only.
Director of Jazz Studies @ Kent State University