Bob Alberti, Jazz Pianist

BobAlberti headshotBorn in Brooklyn, New York 1n 1934, Bob Alberti has spent a lifetime as a professional pianist, composer, conductor and arranger. With jazz as his primary love, he gravitated to the famous clubs on Fifty-Second Street in New York, gaining a multiplicity of influences from Art Tatum, Bud Powell. Billy Taylor, Oscar Peterson, George Shearing and Bill Evans, as well as from his teacher, famed pianist Teddy Wilson. He was also a devotee of famed accompanists such as Tommy Flanagan and Ellis Larkin, favoring their sensitivity with top jazz vocalists.

After playing in New York with his own trio, Bob eventually joined the name bands of the ‘50s, eventually ending up with Les Brown’s Band of Renown in Los Angeles. He also spent a number of years as personal conductor to well-known stars including Paul Anka, Johnny Mathis, Jane Morgan, Jerry Vale, Keely Smith, Shari Lewis, Donald O’Connor, Jack Jones, Patti Page, Kay Starr and Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme. Bob Now plays jazz festivals, symphonies and club dates in the southeast.

Bob spent 23 years at NBC in Burbank, California where he was in charge of music for the long-running Bob Hope television series. Prior to that time, he spent seven years at ABC Television in Hollywood. He was twice nominated for an Emmy in musical direction. While at NBC in the ‘70s and ‘80s, he served as alternate pianist on the “Tonight Show” with Doc Severinsen’s orchestra.

Bob currently has six CDs available: “PASTELS”, “NICE ‘N’ EASY”, “EVERYTHING I LOVE” featuring tenor saxophonist Harry Allen, “CHRISTMAS FAVORITES”, a recent collaboration with bassist Ben Tucker titled “THE MASTERS,” plus a new CD (2005) consisting entirely of solo piano, simply titled “SOLO.” Bob Firmly believes that jazz should be pleasantly acceptable to aficionados and laymen alike, and should not assault the senses. Wherever he performs, the comments are unanimous, with most people saying that they wish there was more understandable jazz of this type to be heard. The concept is melodic, harmonic and rhythmic, offering the listener a memorable and joyous experience.

Bob also recently completed a book, “UP THE LADDER AND OVER THE TOP,” Memoirs of a Hollywood Studio Musician.” The book is now in print and can be ordered directly or through a number of on-line sources including Amazon.com. It is also available in Kindle format. Bob spent ten years as Special Pops Conductor for the Hilton Head (SC) Symphony and was instrumental in forming The Jazz Connection, a division of the aforementioned symphony.

Contact Bob by Phone:  843-705-1916   or Email:  Albertihhi@aol.com
Visit Bob’s website:  www.bobalberti.com