One of Canada's most accomplished bandleaders and instrumentalists, Bob De Angelis has entertained for numerous heads of state including Canadian Prime Ministers, American Presidents and several members of the British Royal Family. A master of the clarinet, saxophone and other woodwinds, Bob's varied career includes appearances at numerous jazz festivals such as the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Toronto and Ottawa Jazz Festivals. In 2008 Bob performed at Carnegie Hall for the 70th anniversary of Benny Goodman's historical 1938 concert to multiple curtain calls and spontaneous standing ovations.
The 2004 launch of his symphonic tribute to Benny Goodman's musical legacy introduced Bob's phenomenal clarinet playing to an entirely new audience. As that program, "The Coronation of a King," continues to fill concert halls and garner rave reviews, Bob has launched a new holiday pops program entitled "And the Angel Swings." This newest program, done in collaboration with arranger/trumpeter, Juno and Grammy recipient John MacLeod, is complimented by the CD release of "Hark the Herald Angel Swings" recorded with Bob's own 50-piece Champagne Symphony Orchestra.
Among Bob's many career highlights are his performances with the "Champagne Symphony" pops orchestra at both Roy Thompson and Carnegie Hall. He enjoyed an extended run as bandleader at the Imperial Room in Toronto's venerable Royal York Hotel as well as receiving a Juno award for Best Instrumental Album in 2004 and the title of jazz clarinetist of the year from the Canadian National Jazz Awards.
In demand as a soloist, Bob has been honoured to work with many wonderful artists including Anne Murray, Marvin Hamlish, Peter Appleyard, Colm Wilkinson, The Spitfire Band, Rosemary Clonney, John McDermott to name just a few.
Equally at home in the studio, Bob's discography includes Anne Murray's 2004 release I'll be Seeing You, top 40's pop diva Esthero's 2006 chart topper Wikked Lil Grrls. He is the arranger/producer and featured performer on numerous CD's on the Avalon/Solitudes label including In a Sentimental Mood, What a Wonderful World, Italian Love Songs, Beyond the Sea and Champagne Big Band Memories which features Bob with a full symphony orchestra. Bob's newest release, Christmas Swing was recorded with his own performance orchestra, The Champagne Symphony. He has two solo releases, 2004's Jive for Joni, which features a combination of traditional jazz and swing favourites and his first solo album Runnin' Wild which was produced in 1986 and digitally re-mastered and re-released in 2006.
Bob's soundtrack recordings range from a Steven Spielberg film to HBO and CBC documentaries and biographies. Bob's exquisite sound is heard on countless jingles for radio and TV. Bob can be found on the web at www.bobdeangelis.com.