Bob Quaranta

photo by Kyung Chul-Choi


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Bob received his BM in music theory from the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts. For over ten years, he was a member of Mongo Santamaria's band and served as musical director. Two of the recordings Bob appeared on with Mongo were nominated for Grammy Awards: “Mongo Magic” and “Espiritu Libre”. Bob has also performed and/or recorded with: Dave Valentin, Willie Colon, Ray Barretto, Tommy Igoe, Angel Canales and "Jellybean" Benitez. 

With John Scofield, he recorded on the Yamaha instructional video "The Drumset, A Musical Approach". Bob has also recorded a piano disk for the Yamaha "Disklavier". He appears on the "Drummers Collective 25th Anniversary Celebration & Bass Day 2002" DVD and CD and continues to serve as an integral member of the Ed Palermo Big Band and Gary Morgan and Panamericana. In his book Latin Jazz: The First of The FusionsJohn Storm Roberts describes Bob’s playing as “magnificent”.


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