Chicago based Musician, Robert is literally a household name on the local music scene in Chicago and abroad. His versatility allows him to be a stylish musical chameleon which spans many musical platforms from Studio, Theater, Freelance (Clubs/Concerts) & Corporate with many styles from Jazz, Funk, Fusion, Rock to Pop, Neo Soul, and Ethnic styles including, but not limited to: Flamenco, Greek, Irish and Jewish. Stemming from an ethnic lineage from the Northeast Friuli Region of Italy, Robert's influences at an early age were molded by his family, father being an artist/architect/contractor, and mother, a novice painter. His brother played in the Drum Corp in middle school and in high school got involved with various rock bands. They would frequently rehearse at the house, jamming out Beatles and R&B type tunes, ala James Brown. Being around Music at an early age had a huge influence on Robert and was immediately attracted to the Electric Guitar, receiving his first instrument at 13. All through grade school and high school, Robert's interests were divided between music and art. At sixteen, he had a chance to join a well established horn band, covering Chicago, B S & T, Tower of Power, Santana and James Gang, ect. Playing with professional musicians on the Chicago music scene, 10 years his senior, was a challenge and a tremendous learning experience. The bands would have to keep him out of sight on breaks in the local Chicago clubs because of being under age. Attending Triton College in River Grove, IL., Robert was an Art Major, but changed his major to music after seeing fellow artists and friends literally starving after graduation.
Always attracted to jazz, Robert's first instructor in college was Local Jazz Guitarist, Stu Pierce, who also taught "guitarist" Terry Kath of "Chicago". During the 70's and 80's, he played clubs, concerts and toured the country including living and playing in Hawaii with various bands. Lessons and studies never stopped through the years. Other teachers include: Joe Diorio, Ted Green, Scott Henderson, Sid Jacobs & Mike O'Neill. Influences include Miles, Coltrane, Parker, McCoy Tyner, George Benson, Mike Brecker, Wes, Scott Henderson, Diorio, Scofield, Mike Stern, Chick Corea, Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Pat Martino, John McLaughlin, Jan Hammer, Steeley Dan, Santana, Earth Wind and Fire, James Brown, Wayne Cochran, Neil Young, Allman Brothers, Zappa, Jimmy Hendrix, Cream & Zepplin.
Bands, Artists, Tours, Concerts, Performances & Recordings from 1978 to present include
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