After spending a career in international business, you’d think Bob Wagner would want to sit back, relax and enjoy life at his home in St. Paul de Vence, France.
Mais, non! Bob is just getting started. This time, it’s his work as a jazz composer and musician he’s taking to the next level, delving into a career as a recording artist. It’s work that Bob has always done, just not often in public. “I have very much remained the dark horse in the music arena,” he says.
A dark horse, that happens to be a powerful and proven musical steed. Since taking up songwriting as a university student in the 1950s, Bob has amassed over 150 compositions; mostly big band-era jazz tunes that have been well received on the international stage. His song, “No Small Talk Please” was recorded by Universal Music artist Laura Fygi on her CD, “Change.” The song is actually Bob’s first composition, and has also been recorded by Andy Williams, who performed it on NBC’s Steve Allen Tonight Show in New York in 1954.
Bob has also co-written songs with high-caliber musical heavyweights like Academy Award winning British composer Leslie Bricusse, a famous songwriter of West End and Broadway musicals; and recorded with French jazz artists, The Marc Peillon Trio. Most recently, Bob is working with Emmy Award winning pianist, conductor and arranger, Lee Musiker.
Bob and Lee have arranged and recorded a number of Bob’s original songs together. This time, however, it’s Bob taking the limelight as songwriter and singer. No longer is he working behind the scenes as the writing talent; he is the star of the show, along with some other well-known performers who share singing duties.