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Bob Mann has been playing guitar since he was thirteen years old. He was initially influenced by what he heard on the radio…Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, and The Everly Brothers. Under the tutelage of his father, an established NY studio pianist, Bob began to expand his musical interests by adding the trumpet to his repertoire and exploring the music of Wes Montgomery, Bill Evans, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane.

Bob continued his education by majoring in music theory at Queens College and the Manhattan School of Music. His college summers were spent honing his performance skills at resorts in the Catskills, playing the shows and jamming after hours with many of the East Coast’s best young jazz players.

A tour with Charles Aznavour led Bob to Washington D.C. where he successfully auditioned for the "Airmen of Not," the official USAF concert jazz band. With the Vietnam War in full swing, it was an offer he couldn’t refuse. In addition to performing, it afforded him the unique opportunity to begin writing arrangements for big band.

Returning to civilian life in New York, Bob was soon in demand as both a session player and a sideman for live performances. His versatility was evident as he did concert and club dates with Chico Hamilton, Herbie Mann and The Brecker Brothers. He played on a diverse array of bit recordings by Tony Orlando, Gloria Gaynor, Bonnie Raitt, BJ Thomas, Gladys Knight, Melissa Manchester, The Chambers Brothers and Astrud Gilberto. He also went on to record and tour with the powerhouse rock group Mountain, featuring Leslie West and Felix Papillardi.

In 1975 Bob moved to Toronto and was soon recording with Anne Murray, Gordon Lightfoot and Dan Hill. While continuing to expand into jingle and TV work, he traveled to LA to arrange and play on albums by Merry Clayton, Bill Medley, and the Crusaders.

The early 80’s found Bob back in the big band mode, recording and touring with Linda Ronstadt and the legendary Nelson Riddle. He also had the honor of arranging and conducting Linda’s duet with James Ingram on the Grammy winning single "Somewhere Out There."

Bob’s recording work with James Taylor began in 1987 on "Never Die Young." Touring with James was a natural progression, and in between the road work Bob continued to record for a stellar roster of artists including Cher, Neil Diamond, Barbara Streisand, Celine Dion. He also found time to arrange Jamie Walter’s number one single "How Do You Talk To An Angel?" as well as compose for episodic television (Matlock, Frank’s Place) and independent films (T-Bone and Weasel, Family Prayers).

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Ann Hampton Callaway: Fever: A Peggy Lee Celebration

Read "Fever: A Peggy Lee Celebration" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

Peggy Lee was a remarkable singer and songwriter, but to some listeners, deeply enigmatic. Her time, often well behind the beat, conveyed a subtle sense of irony. “Are you getting this?" she sometimes seemed to say, “or am I going too fast for you?" She could be exuberant and world weary almost in the same breath. It was seemingly up to the audience to decipher her meaning. Lee could convey expectation and experience simultaneously, as in her version of “Folks ...

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David Finck: BASSic Instinct

Read "BASSic Instinct" reviewed by Jack Bowers

There's so much variety on BASSic Instinct, bassist David Finck's sixth recording as leader, that it's almost like grooving on half a dozen or more albums for the price of one. Ensembles run the gamut from duo to octet, with vocals added on three of its thirteen engaging numbers. Besides governing the rhythm, composing three of the numbers and arranging all of them, Finck shoulders melodic duties on five tracks and solos effectively throughout. As suits his temperament, every number ...

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The Complete Arista Albums Collection

Read "The Complete Arista Albums Collection" reviewed by John Kelman

When fusion first emerged in the late 1960s/early '70s with artists like trumpeter Miles Davis, pianist Chick Corea and guitarist John McLaughlin, the emphasis was on guitar and keyboard heavy lineups like Return to Forever and Mahavishnu Orchestra, with an equally strong predilection for the intensity and volume of rock and a kind of thundering funk that was different than the kind of music coming from R&B and soul artists like Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind & Fire. Parallel to ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Fever: A Peggy Lee...

Palmetto Records


BASSic Instinct

Burton Avenue Music


The Complete Arista...

Legacy Recordings


Black Coffee

From: Fever: A Peggy Lee Celebration
By Bob Mann

Falling Forward

From: Pastimes (From Times Past)
By Bob Mann


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