Born in 1948 in Toronto, at 14 Bob was handed a baritone saxophone, his first musical instrument, in high school. Within days, his artistic vision was born ‘to make music and be heard.’ Bob is ‘The Senator’ of Globe & Mail jazz critic Mark Miller’s book ‘Boogie, Pete, and The Senator’ – published by Nightwood Editions in 1987. Studies: woodwind performance, harmony, and arranging with Paul Brodie and Gordon Delamont mid to late 1960s. Followed into the mid-seventies by private flute lessons. In 1990, Bob obtained a Canada Council Arts B Grant for composition and over that year he wrote several compositions which have since been recorded.In 2001, he was invited to a short-term residency in jazz performance at the Banff Centre For the Arts. Performer: Bob is best known as a tenorman who’s appeared over the years with various rock, jazz, and classical artists and has recorded as a sideman on many recordings including 2 Juno-nominated CDs with ‘Time Warp’ during the 1980’s. More recently recorded examples of particular note are his solo and ensemble performances on tenor saxophone on Richard Underhill’s 2003 Juno-award winning CD ‘tales from the blue lounge.’
November 2003, Bob produced and released his debut instrumental CD ‘A Decade Of Favorites.’ Its best charting achievement was at #1 on the National Canadian campus jazz charts ‘ChartAttack’ and ‘Earshot.’ May 2005, he released a vocal CD ‘Like A Spring Day’ featuring 9 of his own compositions with lyrics written by Sonja Tran and sung by Carol McCartney. Best charting achievement was #1 on the National Canadian campus jazz charts ‘ChartAttack’ and ‘Earshot.’ November 2008, will see the release of another instrumental CD ‘Time Away’ featuring7 of his compositions plus 1 composition by Adrean Farrugia. All performed with sidemen Adrean Farrugia on piano, Artie Roth on bass, and Terry Clarke on drums. , 46 years later, Bob’s original artistic vision, ‘to make music and be heard,’ continues.