You mustn't miss the exciting sounds of this Brazilian and Contemporary Jazz group. Authentic Brazilian sounds are combined with the songwriting talents of Christine Salerno, creating a unique ensemble in Wisconsin. ZIJI plays the music of Christine Salerno, Eliane Elias, George Duke, Grover Washington, Egberto Gismonti, Pat Metheny, Milton Nascimento, Jobim, & others. The ensemble is made up of Christine Salerno on piano and vocals, John Croarkin on saxophone/flute/harmonica, John Gibson on bass, and Danny Lueck on drums and percussion. Christine Salerno is the vocal jazz director at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. She has had the pleasure of performing with several recording artists including Eliane Elias, Kurt Elling, Bobby Militello, and Chuck Loeb among others. She is currently writing vocal jazz arrangements and putting the finishing touches on a new CD. Her original, "Stars that Shine" features Howard Levy on harmonica, and "Kathy De S'Antonio" features Nelson Rangell on flute, piccolo, and saxophones.
What people are saying about "ZIJI":
"ZIJI" is a carnival of joyful Latin and World music, musicians with serious chops, and beautiful souls. Put some rejoicing in your dome- Check this band out!"
Mark Lamar- producer, composer, and master guitarist for "Java", "Short Stuff", "The Cheddarheads", and more.
"The music of "ZIJI" is an exciting combination of world music repertoire and the passionate rhythms of Brazilian Jazz. The addition of original compositions by the very talented singer, songwriter and pianist, Christine Salerno, and her co-writer, John Croarkin, rounds out a performance that should not be missed. Well-supported by some of the best musicians in northeastern Wisconsin, "ZIJI" is music-making at its best."
Todd Buffa- Grammy-nominated Jazz Vocalist/Composer/Arranger
"Notable jazz work is coming from Wisconsin…Salerno sings, scats, and plays keyboards with a light and lyrical touch."
"The Salernos have added immeasurably to the Wisconsin jazz scene. Chris with her intimate, beautifully crafted and thoughtfully considered singing and piano playing…"
Green Bay News Chronical
"Sassy and sophisticated. (Salerno) ascribes to a higher level of sentiment rarely visited by most contemporary jazz artists"
Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
Elkhart, IN Jazz Festival ~ Fox Cities Jazz Festival ~ Ripon Jazz Festival ~ Artstreet ~ Milwaukee Lakefront Festival ~ Art Garage ~ The Foxnote Jazz Concert Series ~ Fond du Lac Center for the Performing Arts ~ The Nationally Acclaimed Red Mill Jazz Club, Milwaukee ~ Chives Jazz Fest ~ Stevens Point Riverfront Festival ~ Guest Artists for UWGB Weidner Center Jazz Concert '03.