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Bob’s decision to follow music came at age 5, no doubt due to the influence of his dad, Sy Mann, a well-respected and versatile pianist/ arranger (and contemporary of Dick Hyman) who was an active part of the flourishing music business of NYC in the 1950s and 60’s. Bob started on piano, then at age 13 switched to guitar, studied music theory at Queens College and Manhattan School of Music before joining the USAF “Airmen of Note” in the late “60s. Returning to NY in 1970, he quickly became an in-demand studio and “live” guitarist, and has subsequently enjoyed successful music “careers” in Toronto and Los Angeles before finally moving back to NY in 1999.

A guitarist equally versed in jazz and pop, Bob has recorded and/or toured with James Taylor, Rod Stewart, Dianna Ross, Linda Ronstadt, Billy Joel, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Cher, Neil Diamond, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Bonny Raitt, Brecker Bros., the Crusaders, Aaron Neville, Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray, Astrud Gilberto, Steve Tyrell, Lionel Hampton, Chico Hamilton, Melissa Manchester, Tony Orlando, BJ Thomas, Kenny Loggins, Mountain, Linda Eder and many more.

Bob has arranged and/ or produced recordings with Rod Stewart, James Taylor, Dianna Ross, Linda Ronstadt, Patti Austin, Steve Tyrell, BJ Thomas, Jamie Walters, John Stevens, and others. Yo Yo Ma periodically performs several of Bob’s cello arrangements with James Taylor in concert, and James featured Bob’s symphonic arrangement of “Mean Old Man” with the Philadephia Orchestra in 2009. Fourplay commissioned Bob to write a symphonic chart (of a song from their current CD) that they performed with orchestra in Japan in late 2010.

TV and Film scoring and arranging credits include work on “Nurse Jackie”, “Something’s Got To Give”, “That Thing You Do”, “Father of the Bride”, “The Five Heartbeats”, “Elvis-the Early Years”, “Flight of the Navigator”, “Diving In”, “20 Dates”, “Family Prayers”, “T-Bone and Weasel”, “The Sonny and Cher Story”, “Matlock”, “Frank’s Place”, and more.