BOBBY SCHIFF is one of Chicago's premiere jazz pianists. Signature jazz pianists like Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson and Gene Harris have greatly influenced Bobby's playing, especially in his soaring improvisations with his jazz trio or accompanying jazz and cabaret vocalists. On the Chicago and Los Angeles music scenes for over 35 years, Bobby Schiff has led orchestras and bands, performed on piano and keyboards, directed, composed and arranged for and with the best. Mel Torme, Peggy Lee, Bobby Rydell and Ruth Pointer are just a few of the premiere entertainers and musicians he's worked with in the U.S. and internationally. Ramsey Lewis says of Bobby: "...A performer, to be the complete musician, should embrace the nuances of simplicity as well as the knowledge of his instrument. It is a pleasure to hear a pianist whose musicianship is sensitive to lyricism in the overall tapestry of the song rather than impressing us with fancy foot work. Neil Tesser, jazz critic, author of the Playboy Guide to Jazz, says: "For years, Bobby Schiff has lent an ear to Chicago's top singers, accompanying them with the taste and care heard throughout this disc. But hearing him stretch out (as on his sprightly original "Wonder Bop") or caress the main melody ("Zingaro"), or take ownership of a jazz classic ("Blue in Green") makes you glad for an album on which others accompany HIM.
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