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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Jazz vocalist Roseanna Vitro will perform in a free jazz concert Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.
The concert is the first event in the Janet Weis Cabaret Jazz Series, a series made possible by funding from the Weis family with additional support from the Degenstein Foundation.
Joining Vitro will be Allen Farnham, piano, Dean Johnson, bass, and Tim Horner, drums.
Vitro grew up in Arkansas and moved to Houston, Texas, where she was mentored by the great Arnett Cobb. After a very successful run in Houston at the Greenroom, she made her move to New York City and began touring with jazz great Lionel Hampton, becoming a regular at The Blue Note, Fat Tuesday's, Birdland and The Five Spot.
She has performed worldwide, including three concerts for the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, The Jazz Yatra Festival in Bombay and a performance with The Maribor Philharmonic in Slovenia for their 2001 Christmas Concert that was televised throughout Eastern Europe.
She also was featured on NPR's Piano Jazz twice recently with jazz pianist Marian McPartland and recorded Cool Yule with her for an NPR Christmas CD.
Other performance highlights include: The Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center, The Newark Jazz Festival, Charles Earland's Jazz Cruise, the Caravan of Dreams with Tower of Power, the Santa Barbara Jazz Festival, the Telluride Jazz Festival recorded live for NPR, the Clearwater Jazz Festival, BET on Jazz with Ramsey Lewis, and a United States Airmen of Note concert in Washington, D.C.
Her many CDs have featured Elvin Jones, “Fat Head” Newman, George Coleman, Al Foster, Kenny Barron, Kenny Werner, Gary Bartz and Fred Hersch.
Jeff Bradley in The Denver Post wrote: "Roseanna Vitro sings jazz like she means it, the way Anita O'Day used to wail. ... she understands lyrics, knows how to caress a melody and, most of all, swings like mad. Imagine Barbara Streisand as a jazz singer or Rosemary Clooney with a three-octave range."
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