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“Jazz Monday” at the Roadhouse Goes Out With a Bang!

Bob Bowlby

Bob Bowlby

The Roadhouse Cafe in Ft. Myers announced that this coming Monday, March 12 will be the last Jazz Monday for the 2012 season. Pianist Joe Delaney, who has been leading his Trio on the Monday dates, has engaged a life-long friend and New England colleague, saxophonist Bob Bowlby, to play that night with the Trio.

Joe and Bob both worked with the late Lou Colombo for over 30 years and will dedicate the evening to celebrating Lou’s legacy and spirit in music.

Seating for this exciting evening of fine dining and great jazz music is limited. Reservations are strongly suggested by calling the Roadhouse at 239.415.4375.

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Click here for more about Joe Delaney.

Born in Boston in 1959, Bob Bowlby started his first musical pursuit by playing drums at the age of 6. His father, Bob Bowlby, Sr., was an English Professor and a pianist who played professionally on weekends at night clubs and private parties. By the time he was 9, he was sitting in with his father’s band, and was a member of the group by age 11.

While listening to many of his father’s jazz records, he became more drawn to the saxophone from listening to Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane. At age 12, he started playing saxophone and clarinet in the school band. He soon added flute and all the various woodwinds to his list of instruments very quickly. By the time he was 14, he was playing gigs with his father on saxophone as well as all the ensembles in high school. After studying with saxophone greats Joe Viola and George Garzone at Berklee College of Music, he spent several years touring worldwide with the Tommy Dorsey and Artie Shaw Orchestras, the latter often with the late Roadhouse patriarch, trumpeter Lou Colombo. In 1984, he joined Buddy Rich and remained with the band as lead alto and featured soloist until Rich’s death in 1987.

Since then he has been a sought after full time musician throughout the northeast and abroad. Bob was an instructor at Berklee College of Music from 1987-91. He has a long list of credentials with a wide variety of musical groups including: Boston Pops, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Ben Vereen, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, British Rock Symphony, The Moody Blues, Rod Stewart, Sammy Davis, Jr., Mel Torme, Rosemary Clooney, Natalie Cole and Barry Manilow. Bob has been featured with such noted jazz legends as Bobby Shew, Randy Brecker, Clark Terry and Nick Brignola.

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Joe Delaney at The Roadhouse Cafe!

joe-delaneyJoe Delaney, a gifted and highly original jazz pianist, appears frequently at The Roadhouse Cafe in Ft. Myers, Florida.

Listen to “Loro” composed by Egberto Gizmonti. 

Joe will be appearing with the Dan Miller Quartet beginning Octobe r2016. For reservations, please call 239-415-4375 or email us at roadhousecafe@comcast.net

Listen to “It’s You or No One” composed by Jule Styne and Sammy Kahn. 

Joe Delaney was born in Brockton, Mass. and grew up in Whitman, just south of Boston. Joe’s father Ed Delaney was also a pianist. Joe started playing at age 3, learning by ear from records, family parties and his father’s band rehearsals. Joe says, “I picked it up and still play about 90% by ear.”

“Costa Rica” by Joe Delaney 

Joe started formal instruction and began performing in pubic at the age of 5. Joe says, “Once we started little kid tunes, I’d hear the teacher play it and put about 15 minutes into my lesson and just mimic it back.” He was soon spending hours a day learning popular tunes and George Shearing hits he heard during the band rehearsals.

“My Romance” by Rodgers and Hart 

Later, Joe studied briefly with Kurt Wenzel, Charlie Banocos, Kenny Barron and Berklee piano professor Paul Schmeling. During his formative years Joe absorbed the musical influences of George Shearing, Erroll Garner, Ahmad Jamal, Ramsey Lewis, Sergio Mendes, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Bill Evans, Dave McKenna, Oscar Peterson and Herbie Hancock.

Dave McKenna, Joe Delaney,  Tony Bennett, unknown.

Dave McKenna, Joe Delaney, Tony Bennett, unknown. Bennett has long been associated with the Cape Cod area and is a fan of the Roadhouse Cafe Hyannis.

Joe first met the great Cape Cod jazz pianist Dave McKenna at the age of 12. They became life-long musical and personal friends. Joe says, “Even now there isn’t a time that I sit down to play solo piano that I don’t think of Dave.” McKenna said about Joe Delaney, “He gets better every time I hear him and he’s been around since he was barely a teenager.”

“Goodbye, Jobim” by Joe Delaney 

Delaney worked in the Boston and Cape Cod areas until 1981, when he moved to the US Virgin Islands, where he worked for most of the ’80s.

“Confirmation” by Charlie Parker 

From 1989-2009 Joe returned to New England, based in Cape Cod, mostly in Hyannis. He had a long association with reedman Dick Johnson, who led the Artie Shaw Orchestra during this period. Joe travelled with the Shaw Orchestra for six years, sometimes playing alongside trumpet great Lou Colombo. While not touring with the Shaw band or his own groups (on 5 continents), Delaney played extended residencies in virtually every live music venue on Cape Cod. He spent 7 years leading the house trio at the Black Cat Tavern at Hyannis Harbor, now owned and operated by David Colombo.

“Valse Africano” by Joe Delaney 

Joe has recorded many jazz albums and CDs both as leader and sideman, as well as commercial jingles (for Pepsi, Beck’s Beer, among others), and movie soundtracks (Mrs. Worthington’s Party). For his 2001 trio release, Take 1, Joe is accompanied by bassist Laird Boles and drummer Steve Langone.
Thanks, Joe, for giving us permission to post all the tracks here for us to enjoy!

“Joao” by Joe Delaney 

“Round Midnight” by Thelonius Monk 

“Joy and Sadness” by Joe Delaney 

“Joe’s Break” by Joe Delaney