Soiree: Wayne Roberts Trio

Nov. 19, at 7 p.m., paying tribute to the music of Duke Ellington. $15 to $20 sliding scale at the door. Contact for further information and directions

Sunday, Nov. 1  at 7 p.m., the Wayne Roberts Trio (Michael Zsoldos — tenor sax, Miro Sprague-piano and Wayne Roberts-bass and arranger) pays tribute to the music of Duke Ellington in a performance in Wendy's jazz soiree in Guilford! Roberts' trio arrangements are often based on Duke Ellington transcriptions which are part of his Duke Ellington Jazz Workshops at Westfield State University.

$15 to $20 sliding scale at the door. Contact Wendy: for further info and directions

These musicians are well-known to our tri-state audience, but in case you are not yet familiar with these outstanding musicians:

Miro Sprague

Western MA native, Miro Sprague, is a jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader known for his dynamic performance style and inspiring creativity. A recent graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, he has toured the United States, Europe, and Japan and has performed with Jerry Bergonzi, Matt Wilson, Greg Osby, Adam Cruz, Linda Oh, Karrin Allyson and Reggie Workman among others. Miro leads his own trio and quintet and is a member of the cooperative septet "Holophonor." He is a skilled vocal accompanist and performs frequently with Karrin Allyson, Samirah Evans and Evelyn Harris. As a teenager, he won several awards in Downbeat Magazine's Student Music Awards including best original composition in 2002 and 2004. He performed extensively in New England before moving to New York City in 2003 to attend the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Gary Dial, Jason Moran, and Chris Rosenberg. He graduated from MSM in 2008 with a degree in Jazz Piano Performance. Miro currently resides in NYC.

Michael Zsoldos

Michael Zsoldos is a saxophonist, teacher, composer, and arranger whose stylistic ... composer, and arranger whose stylistic influences bear strong traces of the great master saxophonists Lester Young, Don Byas, and Coleman Hawkins. Michael attended the Eastman School of Music where he studied classical and jazz saxophone with Ramon Ricker. He later studied with Andrew Speight and Branford Marsalis at Michigan State University and has a master's degree in music theory. Michael's debut CD "Off the Cuff" with drummer Matt Wilson, bassist Martin Wind, and pianist Miro Sprague was nominated in four categories for the 2011 Grammys. Since 2004, Michael has been a performer and instrumental arranger for the Dartmouth College Gospel Choir and Dartmouth Idol, featuring Walt Cunningham. He is currently on the teaching faculties of the University of Vermont, Dartmouth College, Interplay Jazz Camp, and Festival Internazionale Del Sassofono, in Faenza, Italy.

Wayne Roberts

After 30 years in NYC, Wayne Roberts now resides in Western Massachusetts. He is currently Visiting Lecturer, bass professor at Westfield State University. He is also the director of Duke Ellington Jazz Workshops, hosted at Westfield State University, where students have the opportunity to rehearse and perform his transcriptions from recordings of Duke Ellington and His Orchestra. In 2015, Wayne was a member of the faculty for "Jazz in July" at UMass Amherst. Among the most notable musicians Wayne has worked with are Kirk Lightsey, Hal Galper, Howard Alden, Vic Juris, Warren Vache, Billy Childs, Atilla Zoller, Chuck Wayne and Jaki Byard. Wayne attended the Juilliard School where he received his Masters Degree in Performance. From 1992-96, 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. In 1998, he formed the Onyx Club Sextet which featured the music of the John Kirby Sextet (1937-43) which gained him international acclaim.


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