The Bob Wolfman Band

The Bob Wolfman Band

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Electric, high energy performance that forces even the heaviest feet to get up and dance. Comprised of seasoned pros who have toured with some of the biggest celebrity names in the music business, their sound is sure to leave everyone screaming encore.

Biography

"Simply one of the best guitarists in the U.S. today..."-The Boston Globe, "Electric guitarist Bob Wolfman contributes searing solos..."-The Voice", and according to music writer Dave Santino "Wolfman...one of the most exciting and successful guitarists in the New England area...always a hit with audiences...". These are just a few of the many accolades Bob has received during his tenure as a guitarist/singer over the last twenty five years. Wolfman has toured, performed/and or recorded with such greats as Larry Coryell (the founding father of Jazz/Rock fusion guitar), keyboard genius Chick Corea, and the still very popular Grover Washington, Joe Beck, Ambrosia, and many more. A gutsy and passionate player, Wolfman takes the audience from an explosive and intense, ripping solo, which has one's back up against the wall to a flowing, sultry melodic line that brings tears to their eyes. It's obvious from watching Wolfman that he really loves to play, and it's a memorable experience to hear him make love to his guitar and sing his heart out.

Growing up in The Bronx, New York City during the sixties, in a very musical neighborhood and climate surely didn't stunt Bob's musical growth. As a young boy, Bob could hear the voices of local teenagers singing Doo-Wop in the alleyways right outside his window. His parents often played classical music on the stereo, and they frequently took Bob to concerts, plays and musicals on Broadway. Often, when returning home from school on any given day, Bob could hear some very tasty and inspiring guitar licks projected from the fifth story window of the next building on his block. It was in fact his lifelong friend Arlen Roth (founder of Hot Licks videos), one of the most innovative guitarists on the planet playing those licks. There were several pro musicians right on his block.

Bob started playing guitar at age 11, and started performing in summer camp at 13 years of age, playing rock and pop tunes of the sixties,
the stuff on the radio of the day. Then along came Jimi Hendrix, Bob's lifelong hero Jeff Beck, Clapton with Cream, and everything exploded from there. With the advent of the British invasion Bob had decided that he simply had to pursue a career in music no matter what. He became completely obsessed with the guitar, practicing day and night, cutting school to have all day and night jam sessions with friends all over New York City. It wasn't unusual for Bob to play until the sun came up, either alone or with fellow musicians.

Heavily into the Blues all through his teens, Bob wore out the grooves on his record albums, tediously copying licks from his favorite players. B.B.King, Albert King , Mike Bloomfield, Kim Simmons, Peter Green, Muddy Waters, Duane Allman. and of course Eric Clapton to name a few. Having become a fairly proficient Blues player by age 16, Bob started doing some session work in Manhatten, but all the while he still jammed with anybody available whenever possible with the intent of honing his skills. He performed in outdoor concerts in parks in his own neighborhood, and around New York City, school concerts, and playing up in the Catskill mountain resorts on weekends.

After High School, Bob virtually lived in clubs all over New York City, but particularly in Manhatten and especially the Village. Clubs like The Bottom Line, The Vanguard, The Village Gate, The Blue Note, The Other End, Max's Kansas City, and Sweet Basil's became Bob's stomping grounds. It was here that Bob met one his guitar heros, the brilliant Larry Coryell (jazz fusion pioneer), and Bob began studying with him soon after. Bob was hanging out with a ton of biggies on the Jazz fusion scene in New York at that time. He played at the famous Boomers Jazz club in the Village with another one of his favorite guitar idols, the great Joe Beck. While staying with friend Hiram Bullock (guitarist for Late Night with David Letterman) and roommate Cliff Carter (Keyboards with James Taylor), it wasn't unusual for people like Marc Egan and Danny Gottlieb from the Pat Methaney Group to show up for an all night jam session. Sometimes drummers like Steve Jordan or Victor Lewis would come by as well. Clubbing, jamming, recording, playing and hanging out with the likes of The Brecker Brothers, David Sanborn, Larry Coryell and his Eleventh house band, and dozens of jazz shows definitely enriched and heightened Bob's musical standards and sensibility.

One fateful night after a gig uptown, upon returning with Hiram Bullock to the duplex on the lower West Side, Bob's life took a significant turn. Hiram kicked Bob in the butt...pretty hard! Hiram acknowledged Bob's playing technique, chops, speed and ears but said that these were not enough to hang and play with the Jazz heavyweights.

He told Bob to get properly trained and schooled in music theory, sight reading and get into music school as Hiram himself had already done. It was that night when Bob decided to t

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