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Bobby Schiff
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.


Bobby Schiff Music
The Bobby Schiff Band
363 Longcommon Road
Riverside  Illinois  60546
708.442.3168  phone
708.447.3719  fax
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