Born: September 12, 1938
Bob Szajner was born on September 12, 1938, he grew up listening to talented relatives playing various instruments. His mother taught him the basics of music and how to play piano at a very early age. In 1948, he won first prize in the Frankie Carle Piano Contest. This entitled him to one weeks performance at the Fox Theater in Detroit. He was one of the opening acts on the bill (a vaudeville theme) for Billie Holiday along with a comedian and an acrobatic duo. He enjoyed listening to her (Billie Holidays) style of music and accompaniment for her. This was the beginning of his quest for his own personal style....
AwardsIssued by Cadence Jazz Records (NY) in --- "THE CADENCE HISTORICAL SERIES" which "designates recordings that have historical as well as artistic significance and have previously never been commercially available."
neither tediously pretentious nor tediously simplistic... compositions follow suit--simple, melodic, catchy...... John H. Wilson / Hi Fidelity Magazine
*** (3 stars) Downbeat Magazine
excellent set of originals, which touch on blues, post-bop, gospel, and jazz-funk...... Black Radio Exclusive / Highly Recommended
rates top billing for its unique approach and results...... Chris Columbi JR. / Plain Dealer Cleveland, Ohio
like painting ...with water colours...you've got to be good and right the first and only time...... Bob Bowers / CKLW Canada
most enjoyable...smooth but not slick...lyrical and happy...... Jack Cole / CING Burlington, Ontario Canada
...without retakes...inspirational...to conceptualize the challenge and integrity involved in subscribing to the strict ground rules....... Dr. Herb Wong / KJAZ Almeda,California U.S.A.
Live at the Detroit Montreux Jazz FestivalCadence Jazz Records
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