Roseanna Vitro



Biography

Roseanna Vitro, vocalist, recently returned to the United States after her 2004 Kennedy Center and Department of State Jazz Ambassadors tour of New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the Balkans where she taped a television special with the Maribor Philharmonic Orchestra before concert audiences in Maribor and Ljubljiana, Slovenia. She performed with Benny Golson and Don Braden at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in May 2003 and with Jon Hendricks at New Jersey City University. She also appeared at the November 2002 Jazz Yatra Festival in Bombay, India with the eclectic ensemble, From Bebop To Bombay, fusing jazz and classical Indian music. She performed at the AngraJazz Azores Festival on the Portugese Island of Terceira; and the Davidoff International Vocal Jazz Festival in Capetown, South Africa. In January of 2004, Vitro released Tropical Postcards, with pianist Kenny Werner. On her eighth recording, Conviction, Thoughts of Bill Evans, Vitro worked with Evans' own favorite bass player, Eddie Gomez. Her recording Passion Dance (Telarc Jazz) was critically acclaimed by Jazz Times. Catchin' Some Rays, a tribute to Ray Charles, received attention from Downbeat, Jazziz, and CNN. In June of 1998, Vitro was inducted into the Arkansas Jazz Hall of Fame. In 1978, after moving to New York, she sat in with vibes giant Lionel Hampton who immediately took her out on the road. She has appeared at the Village Vanguard, Town Hall, The Blue Note, Fat Tuesday's, Birdland and The Five Spot in New York; the 1999 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at The Kennedy Center; The IAJE and Jazz Times Conventions; Frank Foster's 70th Birthday Concert for NPR; The Newark Jazz Festival; the Santa Barbara Jazz Festival, the Telluride Jazz Festival recorded live for NPR; BET on Jazz; NPR's "Piano Jazz" with Marian McPartland at the Kennedy Center; and much more. In addition to having been a resident faculty member at SUNY Purchase and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Vitro is currently in her ninth year as Director of the Jazz Vocal Program at New Jersey City University.
Roseanna Vitro