I am a big fan of all kinds of music and love the rhythm and blues. I have been listening to Rob play music for a very long time. He is a singer, & harmonica player and has played in many bands here in NJ and throughout the world. He did Jay and I, a favor and played at our wedding, 26 year ago, with a few other illustrious NJ players. He is still playing, plugging along and going strong: nominated for best blues and rhythm album of 2009 for Etruscan Soul.
Here is Rob as a Blues Brother and in the recent Blood Sweat and Tears
I asked Rob to contribute his favorite influences.
Check out the links to the music.
"Now I have to think....hmmmm"
1. Paul Butterfield
2. Leon Thomas
3. Taj Mahal
5. Donny Hathaway
6. Johhny Mandel
7. Duke Ellington
8 Charlie McCoy
9. Paul Simon
New Jersey-based frontman, singer, & harmonica player Rob Paparozzi has been a blues performer since 1967. But Rob is far from being strictly a blues musician. In fact, he's at home playing a wide range of music, ranging from rock to blues to jazz to pop. This versatility is reflected in the long and remarkably diverse list of major artists Rob has worked with, including B.B.King, Dr. John, Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Carole King, Roberta Flack, Culture Club, Cyndi Lauper, Randy Newman, Jimmy McGriff, and James Galway.
Rob had been touring the world with the “Original Blues Brothers Band”, featuring guitar legend Steve Cropper and special guest Eddie Floyd 2000-2007. Since 2005 to present Rob is Frontman-Singer for the Legendary "Blood Sweat and Tears"
Rob’s own band The Hudson River Rats features Ed Alstrom, John Korba, Chris Eminizer, Bernard Purdie, George Naha and Bailey Gee. The shows are Local in NY-NJ as well as International, Europe & Asia. In 2008 Rob worked on his debut CD which features many varied styles and “special guests”. In 2009 the CD has been getting lots of airplay worldwide and terrific acclaim in the press.
Rob’s New DEBUT CD “Etruscan Soul” is now available and features Special Guests: Phoebe Snow, Harvey Brooks, Will Lee, Chuck Rainey, Bernard Purdie, Leo Nocentelli, Shawn Pelton and Hugh McCracken.
*just pay $20 to Paparozzi1@comcast.net and the CD will ship the next day and this includes tax and postage!
Photo by Jay Rosenblatt