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Applause Performances: Bobby Ferrazza and Friends

David C. Barnett, Bobby Ferrazza, Alejandra Williams-Maneri and Christopher McDole [Jean-Marie Papoi / ideastream]

Growing up in South Euclid, guitarist Bobby Ferrazza listened to rock and blues music but jazz was a mystery to him.

Now he leads one of the top jazz schools in the world.

Ferazza is the director of jazz studies from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and he plugged in for Applause Performances.

Joining him were two of his students, Alejandra Williams-Maneri, a piano playing senior, and Christopher McDole, a singing sophomore. Both are members of the Oberlin Sonny Rollins Jazz Ensemble.

Dave DeOreo is coordinating producer for Ideastream Public Media’s arts and culture team.