Active since: May 20, 1932 | Died: May 15, 2008 Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra
For close to 50 years now the release of a new Bob Florence recording has been a major cause for celebration in the jazz world and with each album, going all the way back to 1958's Name Band 59, it seems that he has reached an absolute pinnacle in the possibilities of contemporary big band writing. But he has continued to surprise us, year after year, by venturing into unexplored territory and consistently setting new standards in the art of big band jazz.
Bob Florence has garnered national and international acclaim as a jazz composer, arranger, bandleader, keyboardist, accompanist, and educator. Florence began his lifelong study of music before he was even four years old. At age 19, he abandoned his classical studies in order to devote his time to playing shows, accompanying singers, and jamming with jazz groups....