Composer, Arranger, Conductor, Pianist, Producer
On the Chicago and Los Angeles music scenes for over 35 years,
Bobby Schiff has led orchestras and bands, performed on piano and
keyboards, directed, composed and arranged for and with the best.
Mel Torme, Peggy Lee and Bobby Rydell, are just a few of the premiere
entertainers and musicians he's worked with in the U.S. and internationally.
He has recently returned from Wayne Newton's overseas Thanksgiving
2001 USO tour, accompanying Ruth Pointer.
Bobby Schiff has been playing piano and keyboards professionally
since he was in high school. His classical training in piano performance
and composition began at age five. As a youngster, he worked several
years at Universal Recording Studios in Chicago, honing his skills
in the music production and publishing business. Throughout the
70's, his award winning commercial music business served such clients
as Kimberly-Clark, Sesame Street, McDonald's, John Deere, Sears,
Kraft and Hallmark. Several years in Los Angeles provided feature
film and television opportunities in composing and arranging. Playing
in L.A. record studio recording sessions with such greats as Marvin
Hamlisch and Jerry Goldsmith, kept up his performance "chops".
A true music professional, Bobby has served for many years as a
National Trustee and National Vice-President of the National Academy
of Recording Arts and Sciences (The Grammy's). He is currently serving
as Vice President of the Association of Professional Orchestra Leaders.
He also maintains his memberships in ASCAP and ASMA.
On a day to day basis, Bobby is working primarily in Chicago as
one of the nation's premier vocal arrangers and accompanists. Playing,
arranging and producing albums for numerous independent artists;
he also performs with his own jazz trio at several Chicago venues.
For the past three years Bobby has been Music Director for the Women
of Southport Jazz Festival in Chicago. He leads several of his own
successful events bands; Phoenix, The Bobby Schiff Band and the
Bobby Schiff Jazz Trio, and he is a mainstay in the R&B events
band Funk Among Us.
Recent studio recording work includes:
- Arranging and playing on the Jazz album "Concerto for 2"
in duo with trumpeter, Warren Kime.
- Arranging, producing and playing on the Jazz-Swing album "Love
Walked In" with trombonist Russ Phillips.
- Arranging, playing and producing "saloon singer" Libby
York's album "Blue Gardenia".
- Arranging, producing and playing on Jazz vocalist Eugenia Elliott's
album "Where or When".
Bobby Schiff Music offers the following music services:
arranging, composition, orchestration, music direction and recording
session producer. Additionally offered are; solo piano performance,
jazz trio and quartet performance, and piano accompaniment and rehearsal.