Roseanna Vitro

Roseanna Vitro

 New York City, New York, USA
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Roseanna Vitro is a creative storyteller who captivates audiences. “ sings jazz like she means it, understands lyrics & knows how to caress a melody and, most of all, swings like mad" -Denver Post

Biography

Roseanna Vitro has toured the U.S. and over twenty-five countries around the world as a performer, clinician, recording artist, vocal instructor and ambassador, she has proven herself a reigning member of the jazz community. Her collaborations, covering a wide range of music and stylistic directions, have been cited and celebrated, far and wide.

• A U.S. Jazz Ambassador (sponsored by the U.S. State Dept. and The Kennedy Center & Jazz at Lincoln Center), -Masterclasses and Concerts in 2004 & 2009.

• Eleven critically acclaimed recordings for Telarc, Concord, Challenge and Half Note Records and now Motema Records!

• Inducted into Arkansas Jazz Hall of Fame, with Bob Dorough and John Stubblefield, 1998.

• Chair of the Vocal Jazz Department at the New Jersey City University (NJCU), since 1998; faculty member of the Wachovia Jazz for Teens program at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), since 2000.

• Headlined at jazz's most prestigious venues, including The Blue Note and Lincoln Center in New York, and The Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Currently touring and presenting workshops worldwide.
She is a soulful communicator, showcasing a thirst for swinging hard and possessing an ear for melodic invention. Her strengths include rhythmic acuity and free-spirited spontaneity, often heard in her improvisations, using both scat syllables and lyrics.
Ms. Vitro’s signature energy and grace can be heard on a host of recordings (twelve), notable among them, her breakout recording on Telarc (Passion Dance), which featured Elvin Jones, Christian McBride and longtime musical partner, Kenny Werner, and compelling tributes to Ray Charles (Catchin’ Some Rays), Bill Evans (Conviction), and Brazil (Tropical Postcards), The Delirium Blues Project: Serve or Suffer on Half Note Records, 2008- is a live, blues-based recording of jazz and pop repertoire featuring Kenny Werner’s arrangements and an all-star band of Kenny Werner, James Carter, Randy Brecker, Ray Anderson, Adam Rogers, John Patitucci, Rocky Bryant, Geoff Countryman.

New Release on Motema is the Music of Randy Newman!
The Randy Newman Project features the brilliant compositions of Randy Newman, re-imagined through the arrangements of pianist Mark Soskin. The music marries elements of jazz, blues, folk and country – a rich stew of influences illuminating Newman’s Americana. This group brings a high level of musicianship, improvisation and creativity to Newman’s inspired narratives - all defined and shaped by the vocal poignancy of Roseanna Vitro, a storyteller of great renown. Stellar violinist Sara Caswell - an emerging talent winning accolades - adds luster and musicality to the group sound. Rounding out the ensemble, bassist Dean Johnson, drummer Tim Horner.

Lyrics

Last Night I Had a Dream

Written By: Randy Newman


Randy Newman - Last night i had a dream Lyrics
Album: Sail Away

Last night I had a dream
You were in it, I was in it with you
Everyone that I knew
And everyone that you know was in my dream
I saw a vampire
I saw a ghost
Everybody scared me but you sacred me the most
In the dream I had last night
In the dream I had last night
In my dream

It started out in a barnyard at sundown
And everyone was laughing and you were lying on the ground
You said, "Honey, can you tell me what you name is?"
"Honey, can you tell me what your name is?"
I said, "You know what my name is."

Sail Away

Written By: Randy Newman

Sail Away
Randy Newman

In America you'll get food to eat
Won't have to run through the jungle
And scuff up your feet
You'll just sing about Jesus and drink wine all day
It's great to be an American

Ain't no lions or tigers
Ain't no mamba snake
Just the sweet watermelon and the buckwheat cake
Ev'rybody is as happy as a man can be
Climb aboard, little wog
Sail away with me

Sail away
Sail away
We will cross the mighty ocean into Charleston Bay
Sail away
Sail away
We will cross the mighty ocean into Charleston Bay

In America every man is free
To take care of his home and his family
You'll be as happy as a monkey in a monkey tree
You're all gonna be an American

Sail away
Sail away
We will cross the mighty ocean into Charleston Bay
Sail away
Sail away
We will cross the mighty ocean into Charleston Bay

Discography

The Music of Randy Newman is slated for release on Motema Records in May 2011.
"Jazz Stories" duets featuring jazz great; Kenny Werner on piano with Roseanna in an eclectic program of jazz standards and contemporary compositions.
The Delirium Blues Project-Half Note Records 2008
Live at the Kennedy Center-Challenge.nl 2006 (Blue Chip Award-IAJE)
Tropical Postcards - Challenge Records 2004
Conviction, Thoughts of Bill Evans-Challenge 2001
Catchin' Some Rays (Music of RayCharles)Telarc 1997
Passion Dance- Telarc - 1996
Softly-Concord Records - 1994
Reaching for the Moon-CMG Records - 1991

Set List

Workshops (followed by Concert Presentations)

In Tune And On Time; The Art of Vocal Jazz: A vocal workshop emphasizing the defining elements of jazz singing. I begin with mental imaging, breathing and stretching exercises, straight into a vocal technique warm up, complete with placement, long tones and tongue stretching exercises. Once the class is warmed up, I take the vocalists on a run through of ear training exercises in time. Each workshop is age and experience specific. After a conversation with the teacher, I create a package which contains a work packet and a cd. consisting of exercises, vocalese and bebop solos with backgrounds for your students to practice with after the workshop is over. This has been very successful for me with opera students, jazz students, and high school choir students in the U.S. and abroad.

*New Workshop*: What it Takes to be an Artist: “The only thing you can rely on is change”. Music as a business can be a daunting proposition to even