Bob Franceschini
United States
Solo Artist
A native New Yorker, Bob attended public schools in Harlem and Washington Heights. He begun his musical education in junior high, then entered the High School of Music and Art where he met and played with Kenny Washington, Marcus Miller and Omar Hakim. In the summer following their graduation, these young lions formed a jazz group which played an extended engagement at a club owned by George Benson. This opportunity gained Bob immediate recognition and led to tours with a number of outstanding artists including Tom Browne and Chaka Khan. He then went on to play with George Benson, Woody Shaw, Dave Valentine, Kenny Kirkland, Eddie Palmieri, Michel Camilo, Jorge Dalto, Barry Rogers and others.

In 1986 he began touring with Willie Colon. There he had the chance to focus on his Puerto Rican roots and learn about arranging and soloing in latin music. Eventually he became Musical Director for Willie Colon.

At the same time he continued doing studio work and jingles and continued to play and record with jazz and fusion groups with such noteworthy musicians as Victor Bailey, Dave Weckl, Anthony Jackson, Darryl Jones and Charlie Sepulveda.

In 1992 he went on a world tour with Latin American pop star Emmanuel teaming up with trumpeter Barry Danielian and trombonist Ozzie Melendez. They formed a now highly successful horn section, called "911". They appear in many popular R&B, pop and salsa recordings.

Other collaborations of note include a critically acclaimed recording with bassist/composer Anthony Cox, in a quartet which featured pianist Mike Caim and drummer Ralph Peterson. Bob also appears on arranger Chico O'Farrill's latest recording which also received excellent reviews.
In 1994 Bob became a founding member of a cooperative band, Seis Del Solar, the once back up band for Salsa singer Ruben Blades. In the summer of 1996 Seis Del Solar toured Europe, Cuba and the United States.

Bob played with Aretha Franklyn and participated in the RMM "Tribute to the Beatles" tour. Currently he is working on a project with Paul Simon, performing, arranging and recording in the metropolitan area.
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