PERFORMER / TEACHER / PRODUCEREven at his young age Bobby has years of experience professionally performing and producing at the highest levels in multiple styles of music. For years he played with the world famous DJ Skee’s Skeetox band, currently plays organ for the San Diego Padres, and has performed with Ice Cube, Jesse McCartney, Xzibit, Lil’ John, Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Bobby Brown, The Glenn Miller big band and the Tom Kubis Big Band at Goldenwest. Bobby plays in San Diego's premier corporate top 40 band, The Mighty Untouchables, in addition to several original projects including Tiffy Jane and the Kicks as well as his own jazz piano and organ combos. He's also a founding member of 'Western Standard Time', an 18 piece ensemble that plays the traditional ska of the Skatalites with big band arrangements.
Bobby is also an accomplished composer and producer. His music can be heard through multiple outlets including television, movies, terrestrial, streaming and satellite radio, and video games. He also maintains an active roster of students, teaching a wide range of styles to students of all ages and walks of life.
Since 2010 he has lived in the University Heights area of San Diego, although he continues to work extensively in Hollywood and all of Southern California. He has a passion for moving others through his music, whether it be through performing, teaching or composing.
It seems like I’ve been doing a lot of that lately, and it hasn’t been going well.
2 weeks ago, I was furiously writing like crazy because I felt there was a great chance that a good friend of mine who’s name shall not be disclosed here said he could probably get my music onto a major show on ABC primetime. I started writing dramedy cues and dedicated my whole day to it, only to get the call later from him that it wasn’t going to happen.
Then last week, I was all amped for this super cool Jingleball gig and shoved everything aside so I could learn and program, only to get the text the next day that this also wasn’t going to happen.
So Friday I got a call from my friend Chris, the bass player for the Kubis band (and a big shot on the Queen Mary, running a lot of their sound and production), and he told me that he had a possible New Years gig at the happiest place on earth, Disneyland. More specifically, at the swankiest club in the happiest place on earth, CLUB 33.
Club 33 a sweet secret Disneyland club with an entrance by Pirates of the Carribean.
I would be playing wallpaper jazz with a trio of my choosing, and not to get obscene, the gig would pay very well. In fact it would probably be the best paying gig I’ve ever had. And I’d get to be at Disneyland on New Year’s Eve, but V.I.P. style.
And yet, it’s not on the books yet, so why even mention it to anyone else? I’m supposed to hear about it today (which only has 19 minutes left), and no news isn’t really good news. It would be three Mondays of disappointment, but at this point it’s par for the course and I’m not too down about my recent luck. If I get it, awesome. If not, I’m not surprised. But here’s hoping.
Last Monday I played the Tom Kubis Christmas concert at Goldenwest college in Huntington Beach.
If you recall, that was the day that I was furiously trying to learn songs for the gig that was never to be. So before, during and after the concert, I wasn’t thinking too much of it. I also knew that my chops were in a pretty bad place, so I didn’t expect much out of myself playing wise, and thought nothing more of the evening than that it would be a fun 90 minute concert, then I would come back home and forget about it. This isn’t to belittle the band or how much I love playing with them, I’m simply saying that my mind was kind of elsewhere that night.
It was really an excellent concert though, and Tom remarked that his band hasn’t sounded that good for a long time. That’s high praise considering that his GW band has featured Jack Sheldon, Jeff Jarvis and Rusty Higgins in the past. Tom also had his daughter Nicole sing with her group, ‘The Swing Kittens’, a female vocal trio. These girls are about twenty years old but they sound like seasoned vets.
Well, apparently the concert was recorded and so Tom E-mailed us two tracks from it this weekend. I was actually very pleasantly surprised by how good the band sounds. Check out this song featuring the Swing Kittens. This one was a blast for me to play because I just got to cut loose in a Dixieland style, blowing over the top of it.
My Jingleball gig is CANCELLED.
The show is obviously going forward but not with the band. I got a text today that didn’t really explain it, but just said, ‘The gig is off’. How does that make me feel?
I woke up early yesterday, spent the ENTIRE DAY feverishly programming my keyboards, came back and programmed until 2 AM, woke back up at 7 AM and continued the assault until the second I went to work today. I am annoyed that I squandered the day and diverted my energy from composing the music I wanted to for a promising listing today. I am upset that I had to bail on the post concert annual hang last night to come home and program keyboards for a gig that would never happen. Time is a precious commodity and to see it wasted like that makes me angry.
I still don’t know what happened, nor that it’s anyone’s fault. I am imagining that DJ Skee had 2nd thoughts about trying to pull this crazy live act together at the last minute. Probably smart, although I feel like this band is so good that it wouldn’t have been a problem. I’ll be finding out soon though.
-I get some time back for this week
-I learned how to use Master Mode on the MOTIFs finally. Seriously, that’s pretty cool (and long overdue)
-I can go visit my GF in SD this week.
It’s 1:04 AM and I told my girlfriend I’d be in bed by 12:30 and wake up to hit this again at 6 tomorrow morning. I have energy though, and so I think I should use it. I am sitting in the middle of this mess:
All day I’ve been frantically programming my keyboards for the Jingle Ball set, but I have a long long way to go. The good news is I finally cracked the code of the Yamaha Motif’s Master Mode, which allows me to control all the keyboards in my setup from one master keyboard. What that means is that when it comes time to play ‘Bad Romance’ by Lady Gaga, I just pull up the Master setting called ‘Bad Romance’ and it switches all the keyboards and attached synths to the sounds I have programmed in them for the song, so one keyboard will have a punchy synth lead and another will have the trance filter sweep on the pre chorus ready to go with the cutoff knob in the right spot.
Which sounds like this by the way:
I also played the Tom Kubis Christmas concert tonight at Goldenwest College in Huntington Beach. There is more to be said about that, but it will have to wait for another day. Right now I’m going to bed, at least I am after I figure out how to change patches on the Korg MS2000BR remotely. <yawn>