Bob Wilson has been playing guitar since childhood although he pursued his education at the University of Cincinnati in Business and chose a career path in business with music as his passion and alter ego. He initially studied with Cincinnati entertainer and accomplished guitarist, the late, Jose Madrigal,Sr. Later, as his interest in jazz developed he studied with Cal Collins, renowned jazz guitarist who traveled extensively with Benny Goodman and appeared on many Concord Jazz label recordings in the 70's. Bob has also studied Flamenco guitar in Spain and incorporates many Flamenco techniques into his playing. His earliest influences were the Ventures and The Beatles and later Led Zeppelin, The Allman Brothers, Santana and Eric Clapton. However, he also became a big fan of singers like; Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett. Mel Torme and Ella Fitzgerald at an early age as well as Big Bands like; The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Stan Kenton, Count Basie and Woody Herman. As a jazz guitarist his biggest influences were; Cal Collins, Joe Pass and Herb Ellis.
Bob's first CD was released in October 2012, Standards In The Buff. It is a compilation of 9 of his favorite standards plus one great Stevie Wonder tune. On Standards he collaborated with Bruce Kaminsky who has been bassist on more than fifty recordings, including his own Klezmer Jazz Ensemble CD: “And the Angels Swing.” Bruce has collaborated with musicians from all over the world, in many different styles. In the jazz world, he has performed with many accomplished artists including guitarists; Tal Farlow, Larry Coryell and Jimmy Bruno.