Primary Instrument: Saxophone
BOB took up the flute in 3rd grade. As a high school junior he was all-Nassau-County (New York) playing Mozart. But at age 12 he and pal David Berger started collecting jazz recordings and listening after bedtime to an a.m. radio program out of WBAL Baltimore, The Harley Show, which featured the music of Duke Ellington.
Bob and David won Downbeat summer scholarships to Berklee School of Music, where he studied sax with the legendary Joe Viola and sat in, at Boston's Jazz Workshop, with the great Lou Donaldson.
By 12th grade Bob and David were writing the arrangements for the Mepham High School stage band and playing in sessions around Long Island. While at Cornell, Bob played alto, tenor, baritone sax, and flute in the Ithaca College Jazz Lab, and co-led, with David, the group After Hours.
While David went on to become one of our generation's leading jazz composers, arrangers, and band leaders, Bob went to law school, joined the Justice Department, and is a partner in Constantine Cannon LLP.
Bob reunited musically with David Berger to produce I Had The Craziest Dream: The Music Of Harry Warren, named the Tribute Album Of 2008, and in 2010, Sing Me A Love Song – Harry Warren’s Undiscovered Standards, featuring Freda Payne and Denzal Sinclaire.
Bob formed BSQ in 2008 and produced its first CD, T'ain't What'cha Do, in 2011. The second BSQ CD, Look For The Silver Lining, featuring Tony Martucci on percussion, will be released in September 2013 with a Release Party at Twins Jazz on September 25.
Jim Keenan, The Audiophile Voice