THUMBNAIL BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH
Everyone has their own story, this is Bob Szajner's, hopefully interesting to the reader.
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 Holiday's) style of music and accompaniment for her.
This was the beginning of his quest for his own personal style.
Ten years later, for at least ten years, he started writing and performing Modern Jazz later known as Bebop and then later as Hard Bop. He performed with many musicians from the Detroit Jazz scene at various sessions, venues and jazz clubs throughout the Detroit Metropolitan Area. He often worked with Donald Byrd, Charlie McPherson, Lonnie Hillyer, Roy Brooks, Yuseff Lateef, Pepper Adams, Frank Isola, and others as a back-up piano player.
For the next ten years, he wrote some tunes, but really became quite dismayed and disappointed with the business of music, especially, the lack of audience