(b. 1962, Boston, MA)
After studying piano for 3 years with Kenny Barron at Rutgers University, Rob moved to New York City in 1984. Besides leading his own quartet, he served as accompanist for singing legends Little Jimmy Scott and Dakota Staton. In 1987 he joined the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, with whom he toured the United States, Europe and Japan. And in 1991, Rob joined the Nat Adderley Quintet, with whom he remained for 8 years, touring the world and recording 8 CDs.
Along the way, Rob has performed, toured and/or recorded with: the Harper Brothers, Jimmy Cobb's Mobb, Gloria Lynne, Jeannie Bryson, Roy Hargrove, Laverne Butler, the Walter Booker Quintet, Keiji Matsushima, Yoichi "Monkey" Kobayashi, Scotty Wright and pop singer/songwriter Justin Tracy.
Mr. Bargad is an accomplished arranger, producer and songwriter. His songs have been chosen for several projects, including the title track of Dena DeRose's CD, "Another World," (Sharp Nine Records), and for the independent film, "Four Corners of Nowhere" (Dir. Steve Chbosky, 1996).
Rob has recorded 2 CD's as a leader: "Better Times" (Criss Cross 1086CD) in 1994, and "The Shadow Of Your Smile" (Alfa Jazz ALCB3069) in 1996.
Rob's songwriting, arranging and vocal talents can be heard on vocalist Carolyn Leonhart's brand new CD, entitled "Steal The Moon"(Sunnyside SSC 1086D). The CD features several original songs by Rob, including: "Steal The Moon" (a vocal duet), "Little Man" (Rob's vocal feature), "All Because Of You" and "Yesterday's A Dream." Also on the CD are new arrangements of the classics: "Nature Boy," "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face," and "Moonglow." Rob and Carolyn are accompanied by legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb, bassist Jay Leonhart, percussionist Daniel Sadownick, drummer Billy Drummond, and on the title track, guitarist David Gilmore.
Rob is pianist/vocalist for the Fine Wine Trio (www.FineWine Trio.com), with Gene Perla, bass and Bobby Kapp, drums/vocals. The trio recently completed a tour of Africa and Jordan representing the U. S. State Department as Jazz Ambassadors. Their tour took place in June/July of 2001 and began with a concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. honoring the great Louis Armstrong.
In 1999, Rob was introduced to the Hammond B3 organ by his mentor and legendary jazz organist, Seleno Clarke. Rob now plays organ on several of his gigs around New York, and can be heard on organ Fridays and Sundays at American Legion Post 398 in Harlem.
Rob Bargad Official Web Site
Rob Bargad Sextet "Better Times"
Rob Bargad with Carolyn Leonhart
Carolyn Leonhart "Steal The Moon" Featuring Rob Bargad
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