Primary Instrument: Piano
Bobby Cardillo has enjoyed a long, varied, and successful musical career spanning over fifty years. He describes himself as a product of the big band era. During the 1940's he traveled with the Ina Rae Hutton jazz band, after she broke up her renowned all-female big band and began enlisting ex-GI's. Since then Bobby has worked as recording artist, performer, and teacher. He has accompanied such international stars as Mel Torme, Diahann Carroll, Henry Mancini, and Michel LeGrand with the Pittsburgh Symphony at Heinz Hall. In the late 1980's, he opened Cardillo's Club Cafe on Pittsburgh's South Side. A full-time jazz club, Cardillo's Club Cafe booked local talent and occasionally national talent, such as pianist Tommy Flanagan. Bobby still occasionally performs in the Pittsburgh area.
Harry Cardillo began piano lessons with this father at age seven and went on to study classical piano at Duquesne University. In the meantime, Harry was busy establishing himself on the vibrant Pittsburgh jazz scene and has since worked with such local talent as Nathan Davis, Roger Humphries, Kenny Blake, Jimmy Ponder, and vocalists Sandy Staley and Michele Bensen. Harry's traveled extensively throughout his career and has accompanied such international talent as Billy Eckstine, Woody Herman, Sonny Stitt, Houston Person, Chuck Mangione, Keter Betts, and vocalists Carla White and Rebecca Parris, to name just a few. In the early 1990's, Harry had the honor of performing for President Bill Clinton, and Senators Ted Kennedy, Bob Dole and George McGovern on different occasions. Harry continues to perform, compose and teach in the Pittsburgh area, and he plays regularly at the Omni William Penn Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh.