Warren Oree began playing the upright bass in 1973 at age 25. In 1975 he joined the group Weusi Mutrubi and in 1979 he started the group that he leads today – The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble.
In addition to performing with Arpeggio, Warren has toured and/or recorded with: Jamaladeen Tacuma and Basso Nouveaux; Khan Jamal; Hamiette Bluiette. He has also performed with Donald Byrd, Wynton Marsalis, Odean Pope, and drummer Norman Connors. He has toured Europe, South America, the Caribbean, and throughout the United States.
Not only does he perform on stage, Warren is also busy behind the scenes composing and producing. He was co-producer of the 2003 Philadelphia Jazz and Poetry Festival, and for eight years,(2004 – 2011) from it’s beginning to it’s end, he was co-producer, designer, and Artistic Director of the West Oak Lane Jazz and Arts Festival. He is also music consultant for GPTMC’s Sound of Philadelphia Tours. He has composed the score for two documentaries by Harmony Image Productions entitled, “Anna Russell Jones – Praise Song for a Pioneer Spirit, which detailed the life and accomplishments of one of the first African-American designers and “Moving Through the Dreaming,” which was an in-depth look at the past and current struggles of the Australian Aborigines. Warren also composed the theme song for two seasons of Through the Lens, a TV program produced by Nadine Patterson for WYBE-TV channel 35, Philadelphia. In addition, Warren has produced two jazz operas entitled, “The Dream Tree” (1992), and “Never Back Down” (2010); he has also written and directed a one act play about the effects of prison life on those inside and outside the prison walls entitled “Living Forever, Waiting to Die”.
Warren has recorded and produced nine Cd’s for the SilkSkin label, and has appeared on several others as musician and/or producer. The most recent CD “Man Bites Dog” featuring The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble, includes a varying repertoire of original songs and rhythms reflecting the groups travels and touring experiences.
In addition, in 2008, The Philadelphia Museum of Art commissioned Warren to compose music for five paintings by African-American artists. Warren’s music has been featured on several commercial spots including a national T-Mobile radio and television ad campaign.
Since 1990, Warren has been lecturing and presenting workshops on jazz, music composition, and other aspects of music at libraries, public and private schools and universities. In 2003, Warren created a program: “The Essence of Music”, which includes interactive workshops on music composition and comprehension for musicians and non-musicians designed to motivate children and adults to find the music that lies within all of us no matter what side of the stage we’re on.
Graziella, a native New Yorker began her career in Marketing and Public Relations in 1984 as a fashion copywriter for Brylane, Inc. She went on to work as an Administrator at Rockefeller University where she was responsible for coordinating and producing scientific conferences and social events for the Dean’s Office. While at Rockefeller University, Graziella worked as a freelance advertising copywriter for various ad agencies and corporations throughout the city. Upon moving to South Jersey, Graziella was hired by Ricci Associates Advertising and Public Relations where she headed the Cento Fine Foods account. Her fluency in Italian and first hand knowledge of the Italian culture led to a Director of Marketing position at Cento in 1997. As Marketing Director, Graziella traveled to Sansepolcro Italy, home of Nestle Italiana’s Buitoni pasta, which was distributed exclusively in the United States by Cento.
In 1999, Graziella started her own public relations consulting service, Graziella & Associates. Her clients included the newly opened Nagy Gallery in New Hope, Garden State Plaza Mall, and Pennsylvania Radiology Associates where she helped launch several radiology practices. Graziella continues to provide freelance Marketing and Public Relations services.
Graziella’s passion for music and art was transformed into a life-altering dream career when she met Warren Oree, bassist, educator, and leader of the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble. Her partnership with Oree first began as his agent/ publicist, bringing the group to the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival and securing gigs at the Nuyorican Poets Café, Baltimore Artscape Festival, Longwood Gardens and other venues throughout Philly and NY. Warren and Graziella soon realized that by combining Graziella’s marketing and public relations experience with Warren’s artistic talents, they would form a powerful partnership. Graziella and Warren first started Spotted Bushes Entertainment, and in September 2003 produced the first Philadelphia Jazz and Poetry Festival, which took place at 12 venues throughout Center City. The rest is history.