Bob DeSena is a renowned, multi- talented Latin Jazz Artist. A versatile entertainer, DeSena is an accomplished Vibraphonist. He is equally adept at playing Trumpet, Flugelhorn, and the Marimba. Also a vocalist, DeSena utilizes every one of his instruments at every show to captivate his audience. A passionate and charismatic performer, Bob DeSena is known for his high energy, hiqh quality shows throughout Southern California to Las Vegas, Nevada, where he currently resides.
DeSena’s high profile venue list is quite extensive. It includes, but is not limited to, Pip’s on LaBrea , Fisherman’s Village , Spaghettini, Hard Rock Cafe (Hollywood and Las Vegas), The Deck (above the Chop House) Palm Springs, Millennium Biltmore Hotel-Los Angeles, Vibrato Jazz Club, and Nic’s Martini Lounge. De Sena’s show is so popular, that at many of his venues, his has been the featured act for several years . He enjoys performing at festivals as much as he enjoys the more intimate supper clubs . His festival venues include Huntington Beach Concert Band Jazz Series, City of Inglewood Street Festivals, Playboy Jazz Community Concert Series, Groovin on a Sunday Music Festival-John Anson Ford Theater , Celebrity Jazz Jam Music Series-Palm Springs, LACMA-Los Angeles. Other distinguished guests that DeSena has shared the stage with, include, Poncho Sanchez, Susie Hansen, Bobby Matos, and Ray Carrion.
As a child, DeSena discovered that he had rhythm, but, through trial and error, he had to learn which instrument was the right one for him. He experimented with the accordion, the guitar, and drums, but, after learning to appreciate Jazz artists, Trumpeter Herb Alpert in particular, DeSena decided on and taught himself to play the trumpet as his instrument of choice. After that, he added the flugelhorn into his repetoire.
In the mid-eighties, after seeing legendary Vibraphonist Roy Ayers in concert, DeSena became passionately infatuated with the sound of the vibes because of its rich, beautiful sound. So he arranged to study vibes under a guy named Tony Kol, who was a percussionist with the Tonight Show Band with Johnny Carson. He urged DeSena to take the vibraphone and make it his own. DeSena cites Latin/Jazz greats Tito Puente, Cal TJader, Freddie Hubbard, and Antonio Calos Jobim as other major influences in his music career. DeSena idolized the vocal styles of Frank Sinatra and Matt Monroe, among others.
DeSena has been blessed with a stellar forty year career span. He has worked hard to develop his own style and brand. His efforts have paid off resulting in three successfully produced, and widely received CD’s and numerous awards. “Dangerous Curves”, an original composition from his first CD, “ALL THAT LATIN JAZZ” was used as the theme song to HBO’s “Girls of Monaco. “
DeSena believes that “every album has its own personality.” His third album, entitled “AFTER MIDNIGHT”, with all original compositions and cover songs produced and arranged by his Pianist and Musical Director Bob Sink, garnered DeSena Jazz Artist of the Year” and Producers Choice Best Jazz Album Award” at the 24th Annual Los Angeles Music Awards. The following year DeSena was the 25th Annual Los Angeles Music Award Nominee for “International Artist of the Year Representing the USA,” and, also the proud, elated recipient of the much coveted “Lifetime Achievement Award in Entertainment.” Those awards, he feels are the pinnacle of his success in the music business.
DeSena continues to write, compose, and arrange music. He likes to take American standards like Cole Porter’s “Night and Day, “ and integrate Latin components, give it his own rhythm and arrangement, and make it his own, to the delight of his fans. Though he lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, DeSena’s Latin Jazz Band continues to be a high energy, hot demand at all the popular L.A venues. DeSena’s number one onstage rule with his band is “Forget that it’s work. Let’s have fun.”
In the near future, DeSena’s goal is to open Bobby D’s, his own Jazz Club, in Las Vegas, Nevada. From there, he wants to expand and open a string of clubs and begin a new dynasty while continuing to perform live music.
DeSena’s CD’s can be found on Amazon, iTunes, and other online music stores and on his website www.bobdesena.com
For more info on Latin Jazz Artist Bob DeSena contact:
Carezma Entertainment Management www.carezma.com or call 310-895-5729.