Since growing up in the Cleveland area, Bobby Selvaggio has established himself as one of the top jazz musicians and educators in the area. He is director of combo's and teaches advanced improvisation and compostion at the University of Akron. He has also shown his dedication in teaching young jazz musicians by teaching clinics and master classes in improvisation and composition throughout Northeast Ohio.
After receiving a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance from Kent State University, Bobby went to New York City and earned a masters degree in Jazz Performance on a full scholarship from Manhattan School of Music. While in NYC he studied with such jazz greats as Joe Lovano, Bobby Watson, Dick Oatts, and Maria Schneider. He has performed with with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Joe Lovano Nonet, Dan Wall, and Jamey Haddad, among many others.
Since moving back to Cleveland with his wife Chelsea and son Julian, Bobby has recorded two cd's with notables Dan Wall on Piano and Chris Howes on violin. He has toured throughout the USA and Canada with his two groups; the Bobby Selvaggio Quintet and his octet, Red Rhinoceros. He is also a published writer in The Saxophone Journal with an article on jazz improvisation.
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“Selvaggio's inspired talent—through both composing and playing—makes him one of the most innovative, passionate musicians in Cleveland today.” -Jeffrey J. Guritza