Roseanna Vitro brings a wealth of swing, melodic improvisation and heartfelt expression to the jazz idiom. She combines a vibrant energy and spirit, a deep understanding of the history and theoretical elements of jazz with her rhythmic, soulful southern roots to produce her own unique sound and style. Her many CDs have featured Elvin Jones, David “Fathead” Newman, George Coleman, Al Foster, Kenny Barron, Kenny Werner, Gary Bartz and Fred Hersch. Roseanna was inducted into the Arkansas Jazz Hall of Fame in 1998. This was a great homecoming and return to her roots.
Roseanna grew up in Texarkana Arkansas and moved to Houston Texas where she was mentored by the great saxophonist, Arnett Cobb. She presented live radio shows and sang with the visiting artists such as Oscar Peterson before moving on to New York City. Shortly thereafter, she toured with Lionel Hampton’s band and soon became a regular Performer in New York’s hottest jazz clubs.
Roseanna has been a “Jazz Ambassador” long before she was discovered by the Kennedy Center. In 2003, she and pianist Hilton Ruiz performed three concerts to packed houses for the U.S. Embassy in Beirut. On an extended trip to Bombay in 1998, Roseanna began her study of Indian classical vocal technique, which was documented in her article in the IAJE Educator’s Journal. The article, “From Bebop to Bombay,” is also the name of her eclectic ensemble that debuted at Birdland in New York, featuring Renee Rosnes, piano; Don Braden, tenor sax; Dan Weiss, tablas; Tim Horner, drums, Bob Bowen, bass and classical Indian vocalist, Usha Kallianpurkar. Arts International sponsored her November 2002 appearance in Bombay for the annual Jazz Yatra Festival. Roseanna was also featured with the Maribor Philharmonic Orchestra in Slovenia that was televised throughout Eastern Europe.
Jazz pianist Marian McPartland twice featured Roseanna on NPR’s “Piano Jazz” and recording “Cool Yule” with her for an NPR Christmas CD. In May 2003, Roseanna performed with legendary saxophonist Benny Golson at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Her hectic schedule includes innumerable festival and club dates around the world in addition to her educational endeavors . Roseanna is now in her ninth year as director of the Jazz Vocal Program at New Jersey City University as well as a sought after clinician at university jazz study programs throughout the country.
On this trip to South Florida, Roseanna will be accompanied by New York-based drummer and frequent collaborator, Tim Horner, as well as pianist Michael Orta and bassist Dr Donald Wilner.