native New Yorker, Bob attended public schools in Harlem and
Washington Heights. He begun his musical education in junior
high, then entered the High School of Music and Art where he met
and played with Kenny Washington, Marcus Miller and Omar Hakim.
In the summer following their graduation, these young lions
formed a jazz group which played an extended engagement at a club
owned by George Benson. This opportunity gained Bob immediate
recognition and led to tours with a number of outstanding artists
including Tom Browne and Chaka Khan. He then went on to play with
George Benson, Woody Shaw, Dave Valentine, Kenny Kirkland, Eddie
Palmieri, Michel Camilo, Jorge Dalto, Barry Rogers and others.
In 1986 he began touring with Willie Colon. There he had the
chance to focus on his Puerto Rican roots and learn about
arranging and soloing in latin music. Eventually he became
Musical Director for Willie Colon.
At the same time he continued doing studio work and jingles and
continued to play and record with jazz and fusion groups with
such noteworthy musicians as Victor Bailey, Dave Weckl, Anthony Jackson, Darryl Jones and Charlie
In 1992 he went on a world tour with Latin American pop star
Emmanuel teaming up with trumpeter Barry Danielian and trombonist
Ozzie Melendez. They formed a now highly successful horn section,
called "911". They appear in many popular R&B, pop
and salsa recordings.
Other collaborations of note include a critically acclaimed
recording with bassist/composer Anthony Cox, in a quartet which
featured pianist Mike Caim and drummer Ralph Peterson. Bob also
appears on arranger Chico O'Farrill's latest recording which also
received excellent reviews.
In 1994 Bob became a founding member of a cooperative band, Seis
Del Solar, the once back up band for Salsa singer Ruben Blades.
In the summer of 1996 Seis Del Solar toured Europe, Cuba and the
Notably this year Bob played with Aretha Franklyn and
participated in the RMM "Tribute to the Beatles" tour.
Currently he is working on a project with Paul Simon, performing,
arranging and recording in the metropolitan area.
Biography courtesy of Colori e