February 10, 2009


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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Jazz vocalist Roseanna Vitro and pianist Kenny Werner will perform in a free jazz concert Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.

The concert, "The American Songbook, Yesterday and Today," is part of the ongoing Janet Weis Cabaret Jazz Series, which is made possible by funding from the Weis family.

Joining Vitro and Werner will be Dean Johnson, bass. Vitro inaugurated the Janet Weis Cabaret Jazz Series in January 2007 and Johnson performed with her then.

Called "…One of the most singularly exciting vocalists of the past two decades…" by Christopher Louden, (Jazz Times), Vitro has toured with the late jazz great Lionel Hampton and performed as a regular at The Blue Note, Fat Tuesday's, Birdland, and The Five Spot among numerous other clubs and venues.

She was featured on NPR's Piano Jazz with jazz pianist Marian McPartland and recorded Cool Yule with her for an NPR Christmas CD.  For more information, see http://www.roseannavitro.com/.

NEA grant recipient Kenny Werner has performed with, written for, or conducted an extensive and impressive list of jazz greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Marian McPartland, Dave Douglas, and Bobby McFerrin, to name but a very few. His numerous recordings began with a first LP in 1977. He is an esteemed educator and the author of  a classic jazz book, Effortless Mastery, published in 1996. For more information, see http://kennywerner.com/.

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