Wendy's Jazz Soirée in Guilford will host a Duke Ellington Tribute with Wayne Roberts, Miro Sprague, and Michael Zsoldos on Friday, May 27 - Potluck at 6 p.m. and music at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $20 person at the door.

After 30 years in New York City, bassist Wayne Roberts now resides in western Massachusetts, performing and teaching his many transcriptions from several sources but perhaps most notably from the Duke's 50-year musical legacy. Born in Los Angeles, Wayne began his musical studies at the age of seven on piano, guitar and voice. At age 19 he took up the double bass and studied first with Sue Ranney, principal bassist of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Later he earned a Bachelors Degree from the New England Conservatory and then a Masters Degree from Juilliard where he studied with David Walter and later with Eugene Levinson, former principal bassist of the New York Philharmonic. Visit waynerobertsmusic.com for more information.

In the late '80s, he led his own trio with John Colianni and Eliot Sigmund and from 1994 to 1998, he spent much of his time touring in Europe and lived in Berlin, working as sideman and leader and bassist for Hungarian guitarist, Fenenc Snetberger. Returning to NYC he formed the Wayne Roberts Sextet, featuring the music of the John Kirby Sextet (1937-43). He transcribed 55 instrumental arrangements and received worldwide acclaim, recreating John Kirby's trademark style of "little big band" jazz.


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Pianist, Miro Sprague really needs no introduction to this tri-state area - we recognize him as a jazz pianist, composer and bandleader known for his dynamic performance style and inspiring creativity. Now based in New York City, Miro grew up in Western Massachusetts in a musical family and began playing the piano at the age of 13 after hearing Miles Davis's classic album, "Kind of Blue." A graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at USC, Miro has already toured the US, Europe and Japan, performing with Greg Osby, Jerry Bergonzi, Matt Wilson, Linda Oh, Karrin Allison, Reggie Workman, Sheila Jordan and many others. Miro leads his own trio and quintet, is a member of the cooperative septet "Holophonor" and has several CDs to his credit. Visit mirosprague.com for more information.

Saxophonist, Michael Zsoldos is well known in this area as a fabulous musician, composer and arranger. www.michaelzsoldos.com Now based in Woodstock, Vermont, Michael studies with Andrew Speight and Branford Marsalis at Michigan State University and has a master's degree in music theory. In 2010, Michael released his debut CD with Miro, drummer Matt Wilson and bassist, Martin Wind. "Off the Cuff" has been playing on radio stations throughout the US and Canada to great reviews and was on the nominating ballot in four categories for the 2011 Grammys. Michael is on the faculties of UVM, Interplay Jazz Camp and Festival Internazionale Del Sassofono in Faenza, Italy.

For more information and directions call 802-254-6189.