Do you miss James Brown & the great R&B & funk horn bands of past decades? Bobby Alto performs dance oriented alto sax & electronic wind synthesizer covers of prerecorded backup tracks of R&B & rock classics. Hot dance music & an exciting show are yours for a fraction of the price of a traditional R&B / funk horn band. Bobby's backup tracks include many of LA's premiere studio musicians as noted in the Bio below. Bobby currently works at his West LA recording studio & is available to perform as a trio or as a "one man band" at clubs, charity events, restaurants & private functions. Bobby also occasionally works solo as a Street Performer on the Santa Monica Pier & Promenade. If you want an exciting affordable show for your special event Contact Bobby Alto. Bobby's repetoire also includes numerous jazz standards & a "dinner set."
BOBBY BIO - Dr. Bobby Alto grew up in New York City & began studying music & performing in grade school.
TRAINING: - Haverford College - BA with a minor in music.
- Boston University - PhD with a minor in music.
- Berklee School of Music - Two year online Certificate
Program in Arranging & Composition.
THEATRE: - Harvard University Summer Theatre - Arranger,
Composer 6 Band Leader of an adaptation of
Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland starring Tommy
Lee Jones & Stockard Channing.
- Harvard University Summer Theatre - Arranger,
Composer & Band Leader of an original production
entitled White Sale starring Tommy Lee Jones &
RADIO: - WGBH Public Radio, Boston, MA - Composer, Arranger &
Band Leader for a series of original productions.
COMMERCIALS - Co-composer, Band Leader & Copy Right registration
for a Supercuts Corporation radio commercial that
ran for approximately one year.
PUBLICATION - JS Bach For Electric Bass published by the Hal
MEMBERSHIPS - American Federation of Musicisns, Local 47;
Signatory, Screen Actors' Guild
PERFORMANCE - After his years in school Bobby spent a decade as itinerant road musician & eventually settled in Los Angeles. At present Bobby spends his time in his West LA recording studio, working at local clubs & restaurants, providing entertainment at private & corporate functions, playing charity events & occasionally working as a street performer on the Santa Monica Third Street Promenade & on the Santa Monica Pier.
RECORDINGS - 3 Partitas for Saxophone & Keyboards by JS Bach.
Arrangements & sax performance by Bobby Alto;
Harpsichord sampling by John Sankey. Produced by
Half Track Records.
- A Tribute To James Brown. Arranged by Bobby Alto.
Produced by Half Track Records.
- Bobby produced & recorded the backup tracks on the 6 Audio Clips that appear above. Final audio engineering was performed by Brian Gardner at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood, CA.
Some of the prominent Los Angeles studio musicians performing in Bobby's backup tracks include Ann King on trumpet who's performed with Guns N' Roses, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Don Henley, Michael McDonald & Spinal Tap; Grant Geissman on guitar who's early notable accomplishments were his unique guitar solos on Chuck Mangione's 1978 Grammy nominated Record of the Year, "Feels So Good" (losing out to Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are"). Grant has performed & recorded with Elvis Costello, Quincy Jones, Burt Bachrach, Paula Abdul, Ringo Starr & Van Dyke Parkes. Most recently Grant is co-composer of the theme song & music of the hit CBS TV show Two and A Half Men; Glen Garrett on tenor saxophone who's a Cal State Northridge Music Dept. faculty member & has performed & recorded with the Bruce Lofgren Jazz Orchestra, Ian Whitcomb, Captain & Tennille, the Les Hooper Big Band, Michael Bolton, Lou Rawls, Kenny Rankin, Carter Burwell (composer for most of the Coen Brothers' movies) & Jobim / Gilberto; Jeff Miley on guitar who's currently on a national tour with Britta Swearingen & teaches guitar at Questa College; & Jennifer Hall on baritone sax whose jazz quintet currently performs "A West Coast Tribute to Jerry Mulligan."
Other top flight LA musicians appearing in Bobby's rhythm section include Doug West on B-3 Hammond organ, Doug Shreeve on electric bass, Richard Behrens on keyboards & Lee Witherspoon on drums. Rhythm section arrangements were produced & recorded by Bobby Alto, Doug West & by Wayne Cook. Wayne, a keyboardist, recording engineer & producer was a member of Steppenwolf from 1976-1977 & of Player from 1978-1981 at the time of their 1978 No. 1 US Billboard Magazine hit, "Baby Come Back." Go to learn more.