you have listened to music in Pittsburgh over the years, it would be
difficult to miss Virgil's stunning talent...
Bassist Virgil Walters began his music Career during his college years at Carnegie Mellon University playing upright bass for
the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. After graduating in 1971, he played
a year of Jazz in the Virgin Islands . returning briefly to
Pittsburgh, Virgil worked with such bands as R.H. Factor, Sanctuary,
and Pat Martino. Virgil continued his work touring the
U.S., Italy, and England with Buddy Greco, then embarked on a tour
spanning 2-1/2 years with internationally - known Maureen
McGovern. His travels with the recording artist include Japan, Bermuda,
Puerto Rico, and The Phillipines.
Over his forty year musical Journey, Virgil and
his upright bass have laid the foundation for innumerous bands on
countless stages, having worked with Pittsburgh's finest jazz musicians
and nationally known artists, including Rebecca Paris, Sonny Stitt, Dakota
Staton, Peggy Lee, and Grammy award winning Diane Schurr.
Virgil's bass found it's home in the
high-energy of the Trio Grande, where together with John D' Amico and
Rodger Ryan, their musical marriage became a formidable power on
Pittsburgh's jazz scene.
Twice voted Pittsburgh's best bassist, Walters unfailingly excites
audiences with his driving lines and captivating solos . Under the
name of Trio Bravo he and D' Amico are still actively making the great
music so many came to love.
It has been a year since Walters and
Burkett pulled their forces creating this unique musical
pairing bringing unexpected tunes in imaginative ways.
Virgil's talent, creativity, and adventurous soul are
oh, so heartfully appreciated here!
Pittsburgh pianist Victor Garzotto's endeavor as a professional
musician has spanned twenty- five years, fortified a plethora of bands,
crossed multiple genres, and demonstrated great versatility throughout.
enthusiasm for music was cultivated during high-school years while he was
mentored in both classical and jazz by Pittsburgh's esteemed Bobby
A graduate of The University of North Texas, Garzotto excelled there in
musical study with a concentration on jazz performance. Throughout his
college years, Victor further diversified himself, playing with the
Dallas-based funk band, "Fingerprints," and on his breaks kept
busy working as a show band musician on cruise ships.
returning to Pittsburgh in 1990, Victor Garzotto's piano/ keyboards
have capably bolstered the
sounds of many local bands; some of which include: Don Aliquo, Sr., Corner
Pocket, Catfish Mary Blues Band,
Spider Rondinelli, Soiree
Band, Leroy Wofford,
Kenny Blake, Orchestra Tropical, Tony Campbell Project,
Arnold Stagger's Real Silk
Band, and Sonny Sunseri.
is an accomplished jazz musician, elegantly versed in a wide spectrum
within that genre. He currently performs frequently with Spider Rondinelli
and The Pittsburgh Jazz Giants, The Soiree Band, and The Don Aliquo
also an important force in our trio.
Working regularly with Erin Burkett and Virgil Walters, his
thoughtful ear and childlike heart bring
much to our music.