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Bob Ventre

Rick Savage
July 3, 2024
Morrie Louden
July 8, 2024
Morrie Louden
July 8, 2024
Rick Savage
July 3, 2024
Bob Ventre – jazz guitarist, arranger and composer
www.bobventre.com

A Scranton, Pennsylvania native, Bob began his professional career as a guitarist while attending high school. He began performing locally with a nostalgia big band and a combo, working at several Pocono Mountain resorts. Shortly after graduating he joined the Glenn Miller Orchestra under the direction of world-renowned jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco. He toured the continental United States and Europe with the orchestra and as a member of DeFranco’s quartet.

New York City venues and Pocono and Catskill Mountain resorts formed Bob’s musical beginnings. As a house orchestra member, Bob played back-up for such entertainers as: Vic Damone, Bobby Rydell, Sergio Franchi, Enzo Stuarti, Chita Rivera, Rita Moreno, Vivian Reed, Jerry Lewis, Gene Barry, 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. Bob led a mainstream core jazz trio with bassist Tony Marino and percussionist Tom Whaley at the Ramada Inn in Clarks Summit (PA). The group featured weekly guest artists, i.e. world-renown trombonist and multiple Down Beat Poll Winner Jimmy Knepper; studio musician and Saturday Night Live band member, saxophonist Lew Delgatto; trumpeter John Eckert, a NYC studio musician and jazz artist; composer/arranger/trombonist Tom McIntosh; jazz/classical French horn virtuoso Bobby Routch; substitute bassists Steve Gilmore, Steve LaSpina, Scott Lee, Roy Cumming, Paul Rostock; substitute percussionists Glenn Davis and David Earl Johnson; and many other jazz artists from the Pennsylvania and New York City area.

Today, Bob continues to maintain an advanced private teaching practice on guitar, mandolin, arch top seven-string and banjo, instruments in which he is also proficient. He is an endorsed user of Eastman Guitars, WEBER Mandolins, DEERING Banjos and Black Diamond Strings. Predominantly performing in the Cleveland area with his jazz trio and quartet, and with other ensembles, he can also occasionally be caught in Canton and Akron, Ohio. As co-founder of the jazz trio ShoMonGus with bassist Jeff Beitzel and percussionist Clint Alguire, the group performs the songbooks of Wayne Shorter, Thelonious Monk, and Charles Mingus in various venues and for other events around Tuscarawas County (OH).