Bob Mamet is an internationally acclaimed Jazz pianist and composer. Born and raised in Chicago Illinois, he attended the prestigious Peabody Conservatory before heading west to Los Angeles to begin a career as a composer and studio musician. Over the next several years he composed music for over a hundred projects in T.V. film, and advertising, in addition to touring as a sideman and bandleader.
Bob's distinctive mixture of Jazz styles and composition caught the ear of the major record labels, and in 1994 he signed with Atlantic Records. Bob recorded three highly successful albums for Atlantic, plus additional recordings for Sony and Warner Brothers. His collaborations with artists such as Alex Acuna, Larry Carlton, Eric Marienthal, Gerald Albright, David Benoit and countless other top artists led Jazziz magazine to proclaim him a "brilliant composer" who gives his players "an intelligent, thoughtful, and vibrant musical landscape in which to work."
During this period Bob released a string of hit records, garnering extensive radio airplay worldwide. Most notable among these was "Greenstreet," a hybrid of acoustic and contemporary Jazz idioms. Greenstreet captured the imagination of Jazz and Pop listeners alike, topping the charts for 7 weeks, and remaining to this day a fixture on the radio.
Bob has played sold out shows from large festivals to renowned Jazz clubs, incorporating vibrant and diverse styles into his acoustic piano performances. He has been described as a "master of melody and structure" by The San Francisco Chronicle; "adventurous… sparkling… intriguing" by Jazz Times Magazine; and the Chicago Sun Times calls him simply "The Natural."
Bob has continued to compose music for a variety of projects, including the critically acclaimed score for the film "Lakeboat." It features a 60-piece orchestra with individual Jazz Trio vignettes, each one corresponding to a different character in the film. The lyrical acoustic Jazz approach Bob utilized in the soundtrack became the catalyst for his latest CD Impromptu.
Impromptu marks Bob's long awaited return to the recording studio, and is his first as the Bob Mamet Trio. The ten original compositions are a modern take on the classic Jazz trio, invoking the memory of great Jazz pianists such as Bill Evans and Vince Guaraldi. The stellar sidemen on the album include virtuoso bassist Darek Oles, and legendary drummer Joe La Barbera.
Darek Oles hails from Wroclaw Poland, and after moving to Los Angeles in 1988 has become one of the most sought after bass players on the West Coast. A protégé of the great Charlie Haden, Darek has played on over a hundred recordings with some of the biggest names in Jazz. He has collaborated with Pat Metheney, Horace Silver, Terry Gibbs, Anthony Wilson, Ravi Coltrane, and Joe Lavano, just to name a few. Darek continues to perform live worldwide, and remains one of Europe’s most respected Jazz bassists, voted "Best Acoustic Bassist" in Jazz Forum Magazine. Darek’s debut album as a bandleader, Like a Dream, featuring duets with famed pianist Brad Mehldau, has garnered rave reviews and critical acclaim worldwide.
Joe La Barbera, in the words of the immortal pianist Bill Evans, always "plays the right thing at the right time." Joe played drums in the legendary trio that included Bill Evans on piano and Marc Johnson on bass. The trio recorded some of the most influential albums in Jazz history, including Turn out the Stars, The Final Village Vanguard Recordings. After the untimely death of Bill Evans at the height of his career, Joe joined Tony Bennett's band, and has since played concerts all over the world as a bandleader and sideman. A highly respected Jazz educator, Joe is on the faculty of the California Institute For The Arts, and has served on the National Endowment For The Arts council in Washington D.C. Joe has been singled out as one of the greatest drum soloists in Jazz, but as Modern Drummer Magazine points out, it's his "musicality that lingers in the memory" long after the riffs have all been played.