VIVO in concert is sponsored by the Library's Endowment Fund.
VIVO is the 2015 WAMI Jazz Artist of the Year. The group features multiple WAMI winner Warren Wiegratz on saxophone, flute and meoldica, Tim Stemper on guitar and Pam Duronio on vocals and percussion. They combined their creative passions to form a lively & contemporary jazz·pop bossa·samba music ensemble called VIVO. Although Warren is famed for his saxophone work, you’ll also have the opportunity to experience his flute & melodica talents in VIVO, lending a very international flair to some of the Spanish, Portuguese & French songs that Pam delights in singing and that Tim enjoys coloring with his rich guitar chords and rhythms. For this concert, they will be joined by drummer Tony Wagner (formerly of Streetlife and Otis & the Alligators) and bassist Dwayne Williams.
Warren Wiegratz has received the prestigious Wisconsin Area Music Industry Award (WAMI) for Reed/Brass Instrumentalist of the Year an unprecedented twelve times. He is a highly sought-after saxophone and Jazz clinician, who performs and instructs in high schools and colleges throughout the Midwest. He has been featured in articles in the Saxophone Journal, The Leblanc Bell, and the Roland Users Group magazines. Warren's solo version of The Star Spangled Banner has received national critical acclaim and has led him to perform it at sporting events across the country.
Warren recorded five highly successful albums with the internationally acclaimed Jazz/Fusion group Sweetbottom, two of which were released on the Elektra/Asylum label, Angels of the Deep and Turn Me Loose. Sweetbottom latest CD “The Reunion” released in 2003, is receiving rave reviews in music publications nationwide. He later formed the popular contemporary Jazz group Oceans that recorded two nationally-released albums, Second Chance (Pro-Jazz) and Ridin' the Tide (Pro-Jazz) and performed on NBC's Today Show, ABC's Good Morning America, ESPN's Special Report, CBS Sports, and at major Jazz festivals across the United States. He is the leader of Streetlife (Official Band of the Milwaukee Bucks) and has recorded several successful CD’s with the group.
Besides his performing and recording credits, Warren has scored two motion pictures, Dreamweaver and Lady Mary. His composition Felicia is featured on the soundtrack to the major motion picture I Love You to Death, a Columbia/Tri-Star Pictures release. Warren has written music extensively for commercials and audio/visual projects that have been honored with several first-place awards, National Ad Club Addys among them. He composed, arranged, and performed two works, A Gift So Rare and Ponteo, with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, receiving rave reviews from the Milwaukee Journal newspaper. He was commissioned to write and perform an original work for saxophone and orchestra with the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra, Three Scenes for Contemporary Jazz Saxophone and Orchestra, which was very well received on its premiere.
Warren has performed and recorded with countless renowned national and international artists, including Phil Collins, George Duke, Al Dimeola, Lenny White, Daryl Stuermer, The Temptations, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Supremes, Steve Smith, Jaco Pastorius, Wayman Tisdale, Lyle Mays, Chris Spheeris, Bobby Caldwell and Eric Benet. In addition to playing with Streetlife, Warren is resident composer/arranger for Milwaukee's newest state-of-the-art recording facility, BeatHouse Music. He is the Lead Tenor Saxophonist with the All-Star-Super Band, a rehearsal Big Band Jazz Ensemble featuring many of Southeastern Wisconsin's finest musicians. He is also a member of Hal Leonard Music Publishing’s “A-Team” of studio musicians, recording music for hundreds of song and lesson books.
PAM DURONIO is a seasoned professional vocalist who started singing as a teen in various R&B, Soul and Mainstream venues while also studying classical singing and drums. Before she was 20, Pam was introduced to recordings by Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae and other legendary jazz vocalists whom she greatly admired. She was drawn to their swing & Latin jazz rhythms as well as their improvisational vocals and nuances. A blend of all these influences & experiences flow throughout her singing while she maintains her own unique vocal style and expression. As a young singer Pam was introduced to highly-respected jazz vocalist Mark Murphy, who honored her with coveted invitations to sing on his stage. She sang with many talented musicians over the years including Milwaukee guitarists Don Momblow & George Pritchet. Pam was invited to sing the National Anthem for the Milwaukee Bucks, the Brewers & the Wave. By day, Pam spent many years working as a professional vocalist and voice-over speaking talent in recording studios for radio and television. Pam has acted in television commercials & was recruited to act in a locally produced movie entitled ‘Dreamweaver’ through Pyramid Pictures. She has been a vocal coach throughout her career.
TIM STEMPER studied guitar privately and became a professional musician in his early teens playing in and near his home town of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was selected to perform and tour as band member in the original & ever-popular ‘Kids From Wisconsin’ when he was in high school. His diverse exposures range from Howard Roberts and Johnny Smith to Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana & others. His experience ranges from performing with 26-piece big bands to intimate jazz combos. Tim has a keen sense for rhythm and became skilled at playing hand drums during his time living and playing in the Caribbean. He spent many years teaching guitar & continues on a limited basis. Tim is highly respected for his unique guitar capabilities. His years of playing without bass & drums allowed him to develop the distinctive ability to slide effortlessly from bass to rhythm to solo guitar…all without losing a beat! When Tim is available, he is currently the guitarist for the All Star Super Band, a big band performing arrangements from the era of music celebrating the likes of Stan Kenton, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, etc.