Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Jon Wirtz, Roseanna Vitro coming to Robbie's House of Jazz

Two new bookings of touring musicians have been announced by Robbie's House of Jazz.

* Pianist Jon Wirtz and Nuskool will perform at the club at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 22.

According to the press release, the Denver-based keyboardist has "shared the stage with artists including Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Robbie Krieger (The Doors), Melissa Etheridge, Joe Bonner, Justin Timberlake, and many others."

Wirtz's groove-conscious trio Nuskool, which incorporates influences from hip-hop, R&B and folk, also includes Daniel Hogans on drums and Tyson Ailshie on bass. Tickets for Jon Wirtz and NuSkool will be $10 for general admission, $5 for students with ID.

* Singer Roseanna Vitro will perform at Robbie's at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 7.

Vitro (pictured) will be backed by pianist Kim Portnoy's trio, and will perform material drawn from her back catalog of 12 solo CDs; her most recent, Grammy nominated 2012 album The Music of Randy Newman; and her upcoming CD Clarity, the Music of Clare Fischer, a tribute to the late pianist and composer.

In addition to recording and touring, Vitro has been chair of the vocal jazz program at New Jersey City University since 1998 and also teaches vocal jazz at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Tickets for Roseanna Vitro at Robbie's House of Jazz are $10 in advance when purchased though Robbie's website; the news release for the show did not disclose a door price.

While Vitro is in St. Louis, she also will perform as part of a tribute concert honoring the late jazz DJ Ross Gentile at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, September 8, at the Meridian Ballroom in SIU Edwardsville's Morris University Center.

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