Roseanna Vitro

Roseanna ’s Contributions


04/15/15    Voices in Jazz

Michael Bourne: “Sing Music You Enjoy, Sing Something That’s You!”

Roseanna Vitro interviews renowned writer and broadcaster about his life-long affinity for jazz singers


02/02/15    Voices in Jazz

Jana Herzen: The Voice and Heart of Motema Music

Roseanna Vitro’s interview with the singer and record company owner


11/17/14    Voices in Jazz

Jon Hendricks: Poet Laureate, Godfather of Jazz Vocalese

Roseanna Vitro’s interview with the influential singer and lyricist


09/25/14    Voices in Jazz

Lorraine Feather: Au Courant Dorothy Parker of Jazz Lyrics

Roseanna Vitro’s interview with the noted singer and songwriter


09/10/14    Chops

An Introduction to Scat Singing

How to doo bah


07/21/14    Voices in Jazz

Bob Dorough: Bebop Crusader & Original Hipster

Roseanna Vitro interviews the unique jazz vocalist and composer


04/22/14    Voices in Jazz

American Composer: The Wit & Wisdom of Dave Frishberg

Roseanna Vitro’s interview with the noted pianist, singer and songwriter


02/05/14    Voices in Jazz

Tony Bennett: His Life in Art & Song

Roseanna Vitro interviews the legendary vocalist about the art and craft of jazz singing


11/25/13    Voices in Jazz

Ann Hampton Callaway: Honoring the Song

Roseanna Vitro interviews singer about her approach to singing, songwriting and performance


09/14/13    Voices in Jazz

Fred Hersch: Wisdom for Singers

Pianist speaks with Roseanna Vitro about rehearsals, scatting, set planning, lyric interpretation, recordings and more


06/21/13    Voices in Jazz

Esperanza Spalding: Grounded & Inspiring

Roseanna Vitro interviews the bassist, singer and bandleader


03/10/13    Voices in Jazz

Cyrille Aimée: Voice of a New Generation in Vocal Jazz

Roseanna Vitro talks with singer about her life in music


02/05/13    Voices in Jazz

Chris McNulty: Voice of Beauty and Truth

Roseanna Vitro interviews singer about her life, music and instructional book


11/29/12    Voices in Jazz

Sheila Jordan: Vocal Shaman

Roseanna Vitro speaks with influential singer who was recently named an NEA Jazz Master


10/13/12    Voices in Jazz

Kurt Elling: Keeper of the Flame

Roseanna Vitro interviews the acclaimed singer about his artistic development, influences and approach


09/06/12    Voices in Jazz

Dena DeRose: Beauty in Subtlety and Swing

Roseanna Vitro interviews singer and pianist about the art and craft of jazz vocals

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About Roseanna Vitro


Grammy Nominated Vocalist & Educator, Roseanna Vitro releases "Clarity, Music of Clare Fischer," on Random Act Records. The thirteenth album in her collection and fourth tribute album. "Clarity," focuses on the music of master musician, Clare Fischer. Vitro developed new vocal repertoire with fresh lyrics composed by Roger Schore, Paul Wickliffe and Cheryl Pyle. Sound files:

Roseanna has toured around the world twice as a U.S. Jazz Ambassador for The Kennedy Center & Lincoln Center. She received her first Grammy Nomination in 2011 for Best Vocal Jazz album titled: The Music of Randy Newman on the Motema Music label. Downbeat Magazine’s Kurt Silsbee honored the recording with a four and a half star review stating, “She’s a passionate, expressive singer whose emotional streak never overrides her musicality. Nor do her musical flights interfere with the story of a song. She’s a great jazz singer who brings a lot of heart to her craft.”

Today’s jazz singers don’t limit themselves to the classic American Songbook. If Vitro is turning on the jazz world to a body of work it’s been overlooking, her efforts include her vaunted skills as an educator. A respected professor and symposium director since the mid-1990s, Vitro is the director of vocal jazz studies at New Jersey City University, a program that she founded in 1998. As a mentor to some of the most creative young singers on the scene, she developed a four-year curriculum spanning the history of jazz vocalists, from Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith to the greatest contemporary stylists, most of whom she has interviewed about their approach and creative concepts. In 2009 she created the social networking site JVOICE for jazz singers, teachers, students, and others interested in technique and issues around jazz education. “I love what I’ve learned in this business,” Vitro says. “I want to be a great teacher, work on my improvisation, and write substantial music. I love to interview other singers. I still love to perform, but I also love to teach. I want to spread jazz everywhere and fulfill the role I was put here for.”

Vitro served as an official Jazz Ambassador, sponsored in 2009, for Jazz at Lincoln Center and the U.S. State Department and in 2004, for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the U.S. State Department. In 1998 Vitro was inducted into the Arkansas Jazz Hall of Fame with Bob Dorough and John Stubblefield.

Ms. Vitro’s signature energy and grace can be heard on a host of recordings, notable among them, her breakout recording on Concord (Softly), featuring Fred Hersch and George Coleman, Telarc (Passion Dance), which featured Elvin Jones, Christian McBride and longtime musical partner, Kenny Werner, and compelling tributes to Ray Charles (Catchin’ Some Rays) featuring Fathead Newman, Bill Evans Tribute (Conviction), and Brazil (Tropical Postcards) and The Delirium Blues Project: Serve or Suffer on Half Note Records, recorded Live at New York’s own Blue Note Jazz Club in 2008 featuring Kenny Werner’s arrangements and an all-star band featuring greats James Carter and Randy Brecker.

Youtube: (“Last Night I Had a Dream”)
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Roseanna Vitro joined the JazzTimes community on Nov 16, 2010