Dave Brubeck first heard Bobby Militello with the Maynard Ferguson band at a jazz Festival in Sugar Bush, Vermont. At a later jazz festival in Saratoga, New York, Bob surprised Dave by stepping out of the sax section and performing a dazzling solo on flute. Brubeck made a mental note to remember that young musician. A few years later, when there was an opening for a horn player in the quartet, Dave tracked Militello down through his old boss Maynard Ferguson. He invited Bobby, along with other talented reed men in the New York area, to audition. Bobby Militello arrived at the try-out already knowing most of the Quartet’s repertoire. He improvised with equal facility on alto and tenor sax and flute. He remained an integral part of the Brubeck quartet ever since, performing with Dave since 1982 in choral and symphonic settings as well as jazz concerts and festivals throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Bobby has been featured on many Brubeck recordings and television appearances, including The Crossing, So What’s New?, The 40th Anniversary Tour of the U.K. (most of which was recorded live at Royal Festival Hall in London in 1998) and Live in the UK and USA. His adaptability and sensitivity to all facets of music are evident in the wide spectrum of music he has performed with Dave Brubeck, ranging from Brubeck’s mass to Hope! A Celebration to straight-ahead jazz heard on the Late Night and Nightshift CD’s recorded live at the Blue Note club in New York City. Bobby has appeared twice with the London Symphony Orchestra as part of Brubeck family programs celebrating Dave Brubeck’s 75th and 80th birthdays.
Bobby’s tour with the Maynard Ferguson band was from 1975-1979. During this time he made five recordings with the band and doubled as road manager. Later he became active in the studios in Hollywood, recording soundtracks for television, films and commercials. He has recorded with numerous Los Angeles based big bands, including Bill Holman and Bob Florence as well as leading his own jazz groups, that have ranged in style from fusion, to latin, to blues and funk.
A native of Buffalo, New York, where he resides, Bobby was once named Buffalo’s Citizen of the Year. He owns and manages the Tralf, a popular nightclub in that city. With his sister and brother he owns and operates the Bijou Grille. As president of RPM Entertainment productions, he frequently acts as producer of special events in Buffalo. He has appeared a number of times with the Buffalo Philharmonic, performing contemporary works by Pat William’s and Michel LeGrand.
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