Bob Ventre Quartet
FREE SUNDAY CONCERTS IN THE PARK
Along with songs from the American Songbook, the Bob Ventre Quartet will be playing tunes by Wayne Shorter, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Lee Morgan and other jazz artists. Joining Bob will be Joe Miller on trumpet, Aidan Plank on acoustic bass, and Ricky Exton on drums.
Guitarist Bob Ventre, a Scranton, Pennsylvania native, began his professional career while attending high school there. Shortly after graduating, he joined the Glenn Miller Orchestra, then under the direction of renowned jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco, touring the United States and Europe and also performing as a member of DeFranco's quartet.
He then went on to become personal guitarist to pop singers Bobby Vinton and Al Martino. His career additionally aimed toward New York City venues and Pocono and Catskill Mountain resorts, where he continually played back-up for such entertainers as: Vic Damone, Bobby Rydell, Sergio Franchi, Enzo Stuarti, Chita Rivera, Rita Moreno, Vivian Reed, Jerry Lewis, Dick Haymes, Vaughn Monroe, Helen O’Connell, Bob Eberle, Jack Jones, Barbara Eden, Joey Heatherton, Frankie Laine, Anna Marie Alberghetti, Buddy Greco, Tiny Tim, Georgia Gibbs, Abbe Lane, Lorna Luft, Frankie Avalon, Mimi Hines, Jim Bailey, Andy Griffith, Tony Martin & Cyd Charisse, Diahann Carroll, Don Rickles, Julie Budd and Bernadette Peters among many others.
While a Wisconsin resident, he was first-call guitarist with the pit orchestras at the Weidner Center in Green Bay and Fox Valley Performing Arts Center in Appleton, participating with the national tours of West Side Story, The Full Monty, Fiddler On The Roof, Thoroughly Modern Millie, 42nd Street, Chicago and Annie, as well as guitarist with the Fox Valley Symphony.
Within the past decade he performed a series of concerts with impersonator Rich Little and world-renowned flautist Sir James Galway.
In December of 2004, he relocated to New Philadelphia, Ohio, where he was on the faculty of Tuscarawas County Center for the Arts, and maintained a private teaching practice on guitar, mandolin and banjo. Continuing to perform in the Cleveland areas, he has appeared with the Mansfield and Youngstown Symphonies for pops concerts and the Tuscarawas Philharmonic.
In the spring of 2017, he played guitar and mandolin with the pit ensemble for Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris at Cleveland’s Theatre in the Circle in University Circle.
Funding is provided by the Local 4 Music Fund, Leonard DiCosimo, president, the Music Performance Trust Fund, and Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.