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Bobby Selvaggio Bio
Since growing up in the Cleveland area, Bobby Selvaggio has established himself as one of the top jazz musicians in the area. Bobby has , in the summer of 2006, created a jazz studies program called the Aurora Center for Jazz Studies, which he is the director of. This program allows Bobby to share his knowledge of the saxophone and jazz music, teaching classes in improvisation, composition, jazz history, and jazz ensembles. He also maintains a saxophone studio at the Aurora School of Music. Bobby has also shown his dedication in teaching young jazz musicians by giving clinics and master classes at Colleges and High Schools throughout Northeast Ohio and at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada.
After receiving a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance from Kent State University, Bobby went to New York City and earned a masters degree in Jazz Performance on a full scholarship from Manhattan School of Music. While in NYC he studied with such jazz greats as Joe Lovano, Bobby Watson, Dick Oatts, and Maria Schneider. He has performed with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Joe Lovano Nonet, Kenny Werner, Ryan Kisor, Dan Wall, Jamey Haddad, and Aretha Franklin as well as many other artists.
Since moving back to Cleveland with his wife Chelsea and son Julian, Bobby has recorded four cd’s with notables Dan Wall on Piano and Chris Howes on violin. His most recent CD, which will be released July of 2007 by Playscape Recordings, features Kenny Werner on piano, Jamey Haddad on drums, Ben Street on bass, and Paul Tynan on trumpet. He has toured throughout the USA and Canada with his group the Bobby Selvaggio Quartet. Bobby is also a published writer in The Saxophone Journal with an article on jazz improvisation and he is a Conn-Selmer Artist. You can find more info on Bobby by going to his web site, www.bobbyselvaggio.com.