Vitro [Wickliffe], Roseanna (Elizabeth )
- Scott Fredrickson
- and Gary W. Kennedy
(b Hot Springs, AR, Feb 28, 1951). Singer. As a teenager she sang country and pop music with her sister on local radio stations. From the early 1970s she was working in Houston, where by the late 1970s she sang blues and rock and met Arnett Cobb, who became her mentor and with whom she later appeared at the Village Vanguard in New York. She then spent two years at Houston’s Green Room, where she hosted a local radio broadcast featuring her own group, Roseanna with Strings and Things, as well as such visiting musicians such as Bill Evans (ii), Tommy Flanagan, and Joe Williams – all of whom encouraged her to go to New York. After moving there in 1980 she studied at the Manhattan School of Music and with Kenny Werner and Fred Hersch, and soon afterwards she toured with Lionel Hampton. Vitro performed throughout the United States and was broadcast on WBGO-FM (Newark, New Jersey) and on National Public Radio; she was also a guest on Marian McPartland’s radio show “Piano Jazz.” In the late 1990s she hosted a jam session for singers at Cleopatra’s Needle in New York. She has taught at Jersey City College....