Wednesday, July 15, 2015

July 25th Debut: Rosie & Mel (Roseanna Vitro & Pete McGuinness) Music of Mel Torme and Rosemary Clooney

Imagine: PETE  MCGUINNESS   Vocalist, Arranger, Trombonist and Two Time GRAMMY Nominated *Arranger tributing: The Velvet Fog, Mr. MEL TORME performing with
Grammy Nominated Vocalist: ROSEANNA VITRO tributing The Great ROSEMARY CLOONEY. JULY 25th Jazz at The Kitano - 66 Park Ave. on 38th St. Sets 8 & 10 pm.
 Mark Soskin piano/arrangements, Dean Johnson bass, Tim Horner drums/vocals

Pete McGuinness Tributes Legendary Vocalist Mel Torme
Vocalist, Arranger, Trombonist, Composer "Strength in Numbers" received TWO GRAMMY NOMINATIONS !* Best Instrumental  or A Capella Arrangement for “Beautiful Dreamer”
* Best Instrumental Arrangement With Vocals for “What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?”

 Roseanna Vitro has the gift of bringing popular, or not so obvious tunes, into the jazz celebration, with no limitations; a world developed early growing up in Arkansas in a family of gospel shouters who also dug opera and Frank Sinatra. She’s sung alongside Kenny Barron, Oscar Peterson and Lionel Hampton. Vitro has recorded live at the Kennedy Center, and she’s recorded fabulous tributes to Ray Charles, Bill Evans and Randy Newman, for which she was nominated for a BEST VOCAL GRAMMY 2011.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

March 5th Roseanna Vitro and Clarity debut at Scullers Jazz Club - Special Bi-Vocals guests: Rebecca Parris and Dominique Eade

Scullers in Boston-  March 5th  - 7 pm. $30.

Roseanna Vitro & Clarity debut at Scullers!

Phone: 617-562-4111

Mark Soskin pianist & arranger,

Sara Caswell violinist

 Dean Johnson bassist, Tim Horner drums.

Special Guests - Bi-Vocal Series: Rebecca Parris & Dominique Eade with Roseanna Vitro

 Scullers Jazz Club      400 Soldiers Field     Road Boston, MA 


Sunday, January 18, 2015

2015 Voices in Jazz Panel - Jazz Connect Conference - St. Peters Church, January 9th, 2015 NYC featuring: Ann Hampton Callaway, René Marie, Jana Herzen, Laurie Antonioli and Allan Harris - Moderator: Roseanna Vitro

The Jazz Connect Conference coincided with the APAP Conference (Presenters) and The NY Winter Jazz Festival in New York City this year. The JEN (Jazz Educators Conference) went forth the same time in San Diego. At the last minute, I received an email from Lee Mergner of JazzTimes Magazine, asking if I could throw together a discussion for singers on January 9th at 11:30 am.

Monday, January 5, 2015

APAP - NYC - 2015 Roseanna Vitro and Clarity, Music of Clare Fischer - Jan. 10th, 3:30 pm. Jan. 11th, 3 pm. The Harlem Suite - NY Hilton Midtown - 6th Ave. & 54th St.


Grammy-nominated Vocalist Roseanna Vitro 

& her award-winning ensemble

Mark Soskin–piano and arrangements, Sara Caswell–Violin, Dean Johnson–bass, Tim Horner–drums

 perform music from their recent recording,

 “ Clarity, Music of Clare Fischer. ”

Saturday, January 10th, 3:30 pm. 

 Sunday, January 11th, 3:00 pm. 

 The Harlem Suite

APAP / NYC 2015 The New York Hilton -1335 Ave. of the Americas, NYC. 10019 /54th St.

Vitro's relaxed readings pay respect to the delightful songs of Clare Fischer. [She] applied her rich, soothing voice to intricate sambas with passionate commitment... embraces Fischer's cherished songs and lusciously nuanced harmonies. ... ambitiously unearthed old and new lyrics in beautiful repurposings... Vitro's fine scatting. "Pensativa" stretches languidly under Vitro's lambent warmth. – Fred Bouchard, Downbeat Four Stars

...[RV] is a "singer's singer." It means she is excellent but still warranting much more attention. Her deep and precise alto is perfectly tuned and balanced. Her phrasing is textbook. But Vitro's skill set does not stop at vocal prowess. She is also a crack arranger, programmer and music journalist. That is a wealth of grace and talent...Vitro's projects are also well-considered and assembled...and attends to both the common and obscure of Fischer's work. Vitro sings squarely from between Ella Fitzgerald and Betty Carter. Her scat chops are the most certain of any singer expelling air today. Honor Roseanna Vitro. – C. Michael Bailey,

A woman who takes salutes very seriously – her discography also includes nods to Randy Newman, Bill Evans and Ray Charles – Roseanna Vitro spent two years developing these 10 magnificently thoughtful tracks…the albums centerpiece is Fischer’s classic, “Pensativa,” explored by Vitro with sable stealth. –Christopher Loudon, JazzTimes Magazine

Roseanna’s voice is better than ever, more personal, more her, like no one else can be. She’s singing tunes we mostly haven’t heard before, but makes them so familiar. Clarity…you’ll want to listen to it all again.
Michael Bourne, host of “Singers Unlimited” on WBGO

Singer Roseanna Vitro has the gift of bringing popular, or not so obvious tunes, into the jazz celebration, with no limitations. With a voice obviously comfortable with her chosen surroundings... You’ll hear Roseanna ‘s vocal synergy give new life to Fischer classics...delive­red by Vitro’s limitless vocal choices and her musical partners with the highest respect for their subject.  – Gary Walker, WBGO music director

Clarity is a particularly ambitious project for she performs songs written by composer/arranger Clare Fischer, including six songs never recorded with a vocalist. RV has long been a top-notch jazz singer with an open mind and eclectic tastes... Some of Fischer's songs are pretty complex, but the singer sounds quite comfortable.. she scats with warmth while at other times she gives just the right amount of sensitivity and warmth to the lyrics. Clarity is a success for Roseanna Vitro, shining some new light on the music of Clare Fischer. – Scott Yanow, Jazz Inside