London House Blues

 

In the 1950's and 60's, no address in Chicago carried more musical cachet than the London House. The fine-dining supper club sat at the south end of the city's "Miracle Mile" east of the loop and just steps from the Chicago River...The bookings favored quartets and quintets: bands led by Coleman Hawkins, Bobby Hackett, Gene Krupa, and the peerless Sarah Vaughan, all of whom made albums there. But the London House was particularly a haven for pianists. It boasted an excellent instrument and an intimacy that favored the piano trio." (Neil Tesser, from his Liner Notes)

 

Bob's parents Judy and Bernie had their first date at the famed London House, where on any given night one could hear piano legends like Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson, and Bill Evans perform. This is the back-story for Bob's 5th album as a bandleader, and second acoustic Trio outing, a format that has proven  popular with Bob's longtime listeners while aquiring new legions of enthusiastic fans. The mix of standards and original compositions has garnered extensive radio airplay in Chicago, Miami, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Kansas City, San Francisco, San Diego, Houston, Las Vegas, Seattle and dozens of other city across the country. The CD is slated for release in Europe and Japan this summer.

 

Seven time grammy winning drummer Paul Wertico and world reknowned bassist  Larry Gray make up the stellar rhythm section.