Originally from Chicago, Bob's early experience was with Big Bands, including Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Ralph Marterie, Les Elgart. His experience varies widely from the rock show, Hair in the early 70's to performing with The Rolling Stones in 1975. His music writing projects include television: The Tonight Show and The Midnight Special.
In the 70's and 80's Bob performed with Hank Jones, Thad Jones, Frank Rosolino, Bill Holman, Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughn, Peggy Lee, Lionel Hampton, Nancy Wilson, Benny Carter, Carl Fontana, Duke Jordan, Lena Horne, Julie London, and Dizzy Gillespie
Bob had a long stint with The Count Basie Orchestra from 1985 through 2001. Bob performed on all Basie CD's during this time, including arranging for Diane Shuur and George Benson. One of the highlights of this period was backing Frank Sinatra with the Basie Orchestra.