Bobby Selvaggio

The Jam Company

Saxophonist and Kent State University music teacher Chris Coles has spent the past two years creating a performance piece that he hopes will raise awareness about racial injustice. Nine Lives Project tells the story of the 2015 shooting in Charleston, S.C., where a white supremacist killed nine black parishioners at Emanuel AME Church. Coles says it was a turning point in his life.

Gabe Pollack, Ron Busch
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Musicians have certain nightclubs and concert halls where they love to play. Sometimes it’s the look, the feel and the history. But what’s even more essential is the sound. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia finds out more in this week’s “Shuffle.”

Picture of Bobby Selvaggio playing alto sax in concert.
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Bobby Selvaggio is a composer, band leader, and one of the leading alto saxophone voices in today's jazz genre. He is currently the Director of Jazz Studies at Kent State University.