The Jazz ‘n’ Guitar Series will continue on Tuesday, Sept. 27, with a visit from six-time Grammy nominee and member of the Jazz Hall of Fame, Chet Catallo. Catallo is an original member of Spyro Gyra, playing with the group from 1978-1984. Among the songs he wrote for the group are gold and platinum hits, “Café Amore,” “Lovin’ You,” and “It Doesn’t Matter.” Spyro Gyra and Catallo headlined at jazz and music festivals all over the world, including Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and Newport, on the same bill as jazz greats legends George Benson, Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock.
In addition, Catallo will return to campus for another performance during the series on Tuesday, Oct. 18.
On Tuesday, Nov. 8, the Series will welcome vocalist Tina Albright, a graduate of the Eastman School of Music vocal performance program. She is currently a member of the White Hots. Albright is known for her warm tone and soulful restraint in the style of the great jazz crooners. She points to Diana Krall, Peggy Lee and Tony Bennett as influences. Albright also appears with the Bill Welch Band and the Steve Greene Trio, with whom she has been to campus twice previously.
Guitarist, composer and educator Bob Sneider will perform on Tuesday, Nov. 15. An instructor of jazz guitar in both the Collegiate and Community Education Divisions at the Eastman School of Music, he teaches jazz theory and improvisation at the University of Rochester. Before joining the Eastman faculty in 1997, Sneider won Down Beat’s 1989 “Outstanding Performance in High School Jazz” award, which he duplicated at the collegiate level in 1993. Following graduation, Sneider toured with two-time Grammy Award®-winner Chuck Mangione for four years.
Rochester’s funk/jazz guitarist John Viviani will return to campus on Tuesday, Dec. 6. With his band, Filthy Funk, Viviani performed three times at the Rochester International Jazz Festival, as well as at venues throughout the Rochester area. In profiling festival bands, City Newspaper wrote of Filthy Funk, “This is still primarily an instrumental outfit… guitarist John Viviani’s guitar remains paramount with its effects-laden and way-cool trips to the clouds.”
All performances in the series take place in the Cellar Pub of Coxe Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. The Jazz ‘n’ Guitar Series is sponsored by the HWS Music Department.