Southern Songs with Roseanna Vitro - Album Release Concert

Grammy-Nominated Jazz Vocals

Southern Songs with Roseanna Vitro - Album Release Concert

Thu · October 25, 2018

7:30 pm

$15.00 - $20.00

Off Sale

Roseanna Vitro
Roseanna Vitro
Vitro was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She is the product of two distinct cultural strains: Her father, who ran the Flamingo nightclub, divided his music affinities between the pluck of Frank Sinatra and the homeland finery of Italian opera. Her mother sang country and gospel songs by way of the church.

A child of the ‘60s, Roseanna gravitated to Houston in pursuit of the blues and rock of her idols: Lightning Hopkins, Johnny Winter, Bonnie Raitt and Tracy Nelson. This music proved foundational for her development. She was encouraged to delve deep into jazz, ultimately living the music as protégé to Texas tenor man Arnett Cobb and singer-educator Ray Sullenger.

Her own bands followed, chief among them, “Roseanna with Strings and Things,” which enjoyed a two-year run at the Green Room. There, she jammed with a host of heavyweights, including Oscar Peterson, Tommy Flanagan and Bill Evans. Her popularity grew, powered by live radio, where she hosted and presented touring luminaries.

In 1978 she moved to New York, determined to work with the city’s best, most inspiring musicians. She didn’t search long. Pianists Fred Hersch and Kenny Werner soon became stalwart collaborators, each helping her shape a winning persona. Entertainment legend Steve Allen discovered her as well. Tours and a recording followed, including The Time of My Life: The Songs of Steve Allen, recorded in 1986.

Hersch wrote arrangements for her 1985 debut release, Listen Here, featuring the contributions of Kenny Barron, Buster Williams, and Ben Riley, alongside guest tenorist Cobb. A breakthrough ensued leading to Vitro’s emergence as a singular artist - the1987 recording, A Quiet Place. Reinforcement of that fact followed, again with help from Hersch, via her 1994 record Softly, and then 2001’s Conviction (Thoughts of Bill Evans).

Werner worked with her on 1991’s Reaching for the Moon, 1996’s Passion Dance (her major label debut for Telarc), 2004’s Catchin’ Some Rays tribute to Ray Charles, 2004’s Tropical Postcards, 2006’s Live at The Kenny Center, and 2008’s The Delirium Blues Project: Serve or Suffer, a supercharged live recording featuring the horns of James Carter, Ray Anderson and Randy Brecker.

Vitro’s steady climb of albums reached a zenith in 2011 with The Music of Randy Newman, a Grammy nominated issue on the Motema label. Her signature treatment of Newman’s wry narratives summoned plaudits from the esteemed composer himself. The album featured for the first time Vitro’s core group - Soskin, Johnson, Caswell and Tim Horner. They proved winning and collaborative, setting the stage for subsequent explorations.

So much so, they banded again to serve Vitro’s adventurous ways in Clarity, The Music of Clare Fischer, a project owing all to the multi-cultural influences of the great composer and Vitro’s love of melody-rich songs. Vitro aimed high and hit her mark. She created a fresh vocal book of Fischer’s work, sculpting song-form adaptations of his music with newly crafted lyrics.

In recent years Vitro has distinguished herself as an educator, clinician and columnist. Her work with young singers has helped launch jazz’s next generation, while her writings and interviews in Jazz Times - bannered as Voices In Jazz - illuminate the magic (and hard work) behind the greatest vocalists of our times. Additionally, her website-blog JVoice reaches a global audience of vocalists and those who support the art of singing.

In the 360 of jazz performance, recording and pedagogy, Vitro remains an undying beacon. What was once a career driven by a down-home need to sing has become a cause: Tell the truth through song. With all she does, she burns bright.
Mark Soskin
Mark Soskin
Mark Soskin was born July 12, 1953 in Brooklyn, N.Y. Soskin has recorded and performed with such diverse musicians as Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, Randy Brecker, Billy Cobham, Buster Williams, Eddie Henderson, Stanley Turrentine, Cornell Dupree, Herbie Mann, John Abercrombie, Claudio Roditi, Sheila Jordan, Gato Barbieri, Joe Locke, David"Fathead"Newman, Mark Murphy, Slide Hampton, Pete and Sheila Escovedo, Bobby Watson, Miroslav Vitous, The NY Voices and others.
Gordy Johnson
Gordy Johnson
Gordon "Gordy" Johnson is a bass guitarist who has toured and/or recorded with numerous artists, a few of which include Maynard Ferguson, Roy Buchanan, Bill Carrothers, Lorie Line, Chuck Mangione, Dewey Redman, Greg Brown, Peter Ostroushko, Paul Winter Consort, Cliff Eberhardt, Becky Schlegel, Benny Weinbeck, Bradley Joseph, and Stacey Kent.
Lucia Sarmiento
Lucia Sarmiento
A young Peruvian Saxophonist breaking through the Minneapolis music scene with a huge sound and effervescent personality. From a young age, Lucia has been influenced by the classic jazz cats like John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, as well as the gritty more modern Chris Potter and Michael Brecker.
Lucia has been mentored by Eric Kamau Gravatt (Drummer for Weather Report, McCoy Tyner, Joe Henderson) since Summer of 2015 as a permanent member of his Jazz Quintet, Source Code. Together with some of the finest players in the Twin Cities, they explore the depths of free improvisation.



In August 2016, Lucia joined New Sound Underground, a Jazz Fusion/Funk band from the Twin Cities that has packed venues including the Dakota, the Icehouse, Paisley Park and Festivals such as South by South West.

Lucia is a current saxophone and flute instructor at the St. Paul School of Music, and a clinician for the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education, she regularly visits high school and middle schools in the Twin Cities Area.

The Lucia Sarmiento Quintet was featured at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival in 2014 and 2016. In July 2015, Andrea Swensson invited them to be part of The Current's Radio Show After Hours, where they recorded Peruvian Festejo Chincha and the original Groove Sauce, followed by an interview.
Venue Information:
The Dunsmore Room at Crooners
6161 Hwy 65 NE
Minneapolis, MN, 55432