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Bob Wilber is internationally renowned as a clarinetist, saxophonist, arranger, composer and bandleader. Reflecting on Bob Wilber’s career is akin to scanning the index of Ira Gitler’s “Encyclopedia of Jazz”. He has performed and recorded with jazz-musicians from Baby Dodds, Pops Foster, Eddie Condon, Bobby Hackett, Sid Catlett, George Wein, Mezz Mezzrow, Dick Wellstood, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Hoagy Carmichael, to Wynton Marsalis and the list goes on.  Bob Wilber studied and lived with Sidney Bechet, played his first classical-concert at Carnegie Hall. The orchestra consisted of Dame Myra Hess as the featured soloist. His classical recordings consist of Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms.                                      


The jazzman Bob Wilber has composed and recorded several hundred tunes. Many of the lyrics wrote his wife and singer Pug Horton. In 1984 Bob penned his autobiography entitled “Music Was Not Enough” and won The Grammy Award for his work on Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Cotton Club”. Wilber is in demand to write liner notes as well as articles pertaining to jazz. He takes pride in his four prime students, Antti Sarpila, Nik Payton, Luca Velotti and Alex Mendam. Bob Wilber continues to practice three hours a day and in his 80th year has gigs and recordings, plays at international jazz festivals, including tributes to his old colleague Lionel Hampton and his teacher Sidney Bechet. 


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