Johnson/ Selvaggio/ Thompson/ Zaleski @ BOP STOP

When: Aug 04, 2019, 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Johnson/ Selvaggio/ Thompson/ Zaleski @ BOP STOP

This all-star quartet featuring Bobby Selvaggio on sax, Paul Thompson on bass, James Johnson on drums, and Glenn Zaleski, will be performing for one night only in Cleveland!!

Glenn Zaleski is one of the most in-demand pianists on the New York City jazz scene. Originally from Boylston, MA, Glenn has made a name for himself playing with the likes of Ravi Coltrane, Lage Lund, and Ari Hoenig. In 2011, Glenn was a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, as well as a finalist for the 2011 APA Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz.

Paul Thompson: As a professional jazz bassist for the last ten plus years, Paul has been fortunate enough to have shared the stage with some of music's greatest artists including:

Milt Jackson, George Benson, Jon Faddis, Rick Margitza, James Moody, Mark Murphy, Curtis Fuller, Rebecca Parris, Gary Burton, Richie Cole, Kenia, Warren Vache, Mark Whitfield, Joe Harris, Gary Bartz, Slide Hampton, James Williams, Grover Washington Jr, Kei Akagi, Roger Humphries, Kenny Drew Jr, Clark Terry, Kenny Blake, Joe McBride, Johnny Griffin, Mark Elf, Grady Tate, Jimmy Ponder, Dave Stryker, Ronnie Cuber, Joe Negri, Steve Slagle, Billy Price, Dianne Schuur, Marlena Shaw, Monty Alexander, David "Fathead" Newman, and many others.

Paul also had the privilege of touring the world with trumpeter Maynard Ferguson as musical director ('97-'99), as well as playing in the late, great saxophonist Stanley Turrentine's last touring group.

James Johnson III began playing the drums at the age of five in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. James Johnson III’s early music experiences were centered around family life and shaped by the music of the church. His father, Dr. James Johnson Jr., a nationally known pianist and educator, sparked his passion for music. Johnson attended CAPA -- Pittsburgh’s high school for the creative and performing arts. It was here he came under the mentorship of the drummer Roger Humphries.

In 1999 James was invited to tour with jazz legend Ahmad Jamal for many years. With Ahmad, James has performed all over the world, appearing in major jazz venues and festivals. As a member of the Ahmad Jamal trio, James has performed in some places such as the Cully jazz festival in Switzerland, the North Sea jazz festival in South Africa and the Dublin jazz festival and many others. Mr. Johnson has performed with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. James has played with jazz greats such as George Coleman, James Moody, Kenny Garrett, Benny Golson, Mulgrew Miller, Russell Ferrante, Bob Mintzer and Kenny Werner. James released his first solo album in 2014 entitled Between. James is presently working as head of the drum department at the AfroAmerican-Music-Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is also serves as artist in residence at Pitt University’s music department working with various jazz ensembles under the direction of Geri Allen. James also spends a great deal of time producing music for national and local artists.

Bobby Selvaggio is one of the leading alto saxophone voices on today's jazz scene. In the words of pianist Kenny Werner, “Bobby is among the best of players out there,” and legendary saxophonist Joe Lovano praises Bobby by calling him “one of the few young saxophonists on the scene today that captures you with his strong presence, focus, and sound.”

After living in New York City and gigging around town at places like the Vanguard, Smalls, and Birdland for four years, Bobby decided to move back to Cleveland with his family. He has dedicated himself to keeping jazz alive in Cleveland and his passion for jazz education has led him to serve as Director of Jazz Studies at Kent State University.

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