Juno Award-winning bandleader and instrumentalist BOB DeANGELIS is widely regarded as “Canada’s Own ‘King of Swing’”, and long considered to be one of this country’s most popular bandleaders. Internationally recognized for his woodwind playing prowess, his diverse performing career includes appearances at international jazz festivals from Toronto to Montreux. In 2009, he was honored as the National Jazz Awards’ “Clarinetist of the Year”.
He has performed as a guest artist with symphony orchestras across North America, and entertained for heads of state and royalty. He was the featured soloist in the hit musical ‘Fosse’ where he recreated Benny Goodman’s legendary performance of ‘Sing, Sing, Sing’ at Carnegie Hall, and in 2008, DeAngelis’s own 50-piece Champagne Symphony staged a triumphant Carnegie Hall concert in New York when they performed in 70th anniversary celebration of Goodman’s groundbreaking 1938 concert there.
This evening’s performance by the BOB DeANGELIS QUARTET is the continuation of a “Third Thursdays” residency throughout the Spring at the Home Smith Bar showcasing some of the swing scene’s most talented players. Tonight’s featured guest is flute giant BILL McBIRNIE, with leader BOB DeANGELIS on clarinet and saxophone, BRIGHAM PHILLIPS on piano, and drummer JOHN COLLIN.