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Bob DeAngelis

Biography

BOB DeANGELIS (clarinetist, saxophonist, flutist, piccolo-player, bandleader) is a Juno Award-winning bandleader and instrumentalist who has entertained for heads of state including Canadian prime ministers, American presidents, and several members of the British Royal Family. Internationally recognized for his woodwind playing prowess, DeAngelis's diverse performing career includes appearances at international jazz festivals from Toronto to Montreux.,

He was the featured soloist in the hit musical Fosse where he recreated Benny Goodman’s legendary performance of Sing, Sing, Sing at Carnegie Hall. In January of 2008, his 50-piece Champagne Symphony staged a triumphant Carnegie Hall concert in New York when they performed his signature "The Coronation of a King: A Tribute to Benny Goodman" Concert in 70th anniversary celebration of Goodman's famous 1938 concert there. The 2004 launch of his symphonic tribute to Benny Goodman’s musical legacy with the Champagne Symphony Pops Orchestra conducted by John MacLeod introduced Bob’s brilliant clarinet playing to entirely new audiences. That program continues to fill halls and garner rave reviews wherever it is presented in North America.

Other DeAngelis career highlights include his extended run as bandleader at the famous Imperial Room in Toronto’s venerable Royal York Hotel. In demand as a soloist, Bob has worked with important artists including Anne Murray, Marvin Hamlisch, Peter Appleyard, The Spitfire Band, Rosemary Clooney, Jackie Richardson, John McDermott, Brian Barlow, and Joe Sealy. Equally at home in the studio, Bob’s discography includes Anne Murray’s 2004 release I’ll Be Seeing You, top 40 pop diva Esthero’s 2006 chart topper Wikked Lil Grrrls, and Brian Barlow’s 2007 release of One Hot Summer Night. DeAngelis is the arranger and featured performer on numerous CDs on the Avalon/Solitudes label including In a Sentimental Mood, What a Wonderful World, Italian Love Songs, and Beyond the Sea. His most recent release (2007), Champagne Memories, features Bob with full symphony orchestra. He also has two solo releases for Jive for Joni (2004) which features a combination of traditional jazz and swing favorites, and his first solo album, Runnin’ Wild which was produced in 1986 and digitally re-mastered & re-released in 2006.

His soundtrack recordings range from a Steven Spielberg film to HBO and CBC documentaries and biographies. Bob DeAngelis’s exquisite sound is heard on countless jingles for radio and TV.

Awards:

2004 – Juno Award winner for ‘Best Instrumental Album’