Bobby Rosengarden (left) and Alex Sanguinetti in London, 1980 performing at "Pizza Express".
About Bobby Rosengarden
Born: April 23, 1924 (Elgin, IL) - Robert Marshall Rosengarden
Known in professional career as Bobby Rosengarden, Bob Rosengarden, Robert M. Rosengarden
Died: Februrary 27, 2007 (Sarasota, FL)
All Music Guide had this to say about Bobby Rosengarden:
A versatile drummer equally skilled in the
studios with a big band or pushing a mainstream combo, Bobby
Rosengarden has appeared on countless sessions through the years. He
began playing drums when he was 12, studied at the University of
Michigan and played in Army bands while in the military (1944-45).
After his discharge, Rosengarden worked with Henry Busse (1945-46)
and tenorman Alvy West (1946-48) before becoming a busy studio
musician. He played at NBC television from 1949-68, switching to ABC
in 1969-74, where he led the band for the Dick Cavett Show. Through
the years, Rosengarden had opportunities to record (often on
percussion) with Duke Ellington (1959), Miles Davis/Gil Evans (1961)
and Benny Goodman (starting in the mid-1960s and gigging with Goodman
off and on for 20 years). Rosengarden gained some recognition for his
work on the Dick Cavett Show and after that he was a member of the
World's Greatest Jazz Band (1974-78), Soprano Summit (1975-78), The
New York Jazz Repertory Company and Gerry Mulligan's combo. In later
years, Rosengarden (who has not led his own recording date) had been
most often heard as the drummer with a variety of all-star,
swing-oriented mainstream groups. No matter where he played, he
contributed solid swing and taste to the music. -- Scott Yanow,
All Music Guide
From The Internet Movie Database site:
He could play bongos, conga, water gong, finger
cymbals, musical saw, spoons, and washboard. But his most familiar role
was big-band drummer, making musical wisecracks as the band-leader on
"The Dick Cavett Show".
He started percussion lessons when he was 4, and later won a music scholarship to the University of Michigan. He played drums in the Army Band during WWII. After the war, he played in nightclubs, developing excellent sight-reading skills. He played with groups led by Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Skitch Henderson, Quincy Jones, and Gerry Mulligan. He backed up Billie Holliday, Carmen McRae, Barbra Streisand, and Tony Bennett.
From The Time Magazine site:
DIED. Bobby Rosengarden, 82, session
drummer for artists from Duke Ellington to Harry Belafonte who became
better known in the late 1960s as the musical smart aleck and
bandleader on The Dick Cavett Show; in Sarasota, Fla. Rosengarden
perfected the art of the witty, and sometimes risqué, "walk-on"
song to accompany guests. Of Rosengarden's choice of tunes--Hello Dolly for Salvador Dalí, There'll Be Some Changes Made for transsexual Jan Morris--Cavett later said, "Luckily, the censor was dumber about music than I was."
Jazz drummer Bobby Rosengarden died of kidney failure on February 27, 2007, at age 82.
Rosengarden was best known to many for his work on TV shows, including The Steve Allen Show, The Ernie Kovacs Show, Sing Along with Mitch, the early years of Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show, and The Dick Cavett Show, for which he was also the bandleader.
Rosengarden was also an in-demand New York freelance musician and studio player whose credits included recordings and/or appearances with Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones, Skitch Henderson, Gil Evans, Gerry Mulligan, Benny Goodman, Billie Holliday, Carmen McRae, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Harry Belafonte, Ben E. King, Jay and the Americans and Arlo Guthrie. In 1965, he played a Stravinsky piece with the Columbia Jazz Band, with Stravinsky conducting.
The liner notes of "Walter Wanderley Samba
Swing!" includes a telephone interview with Bobby Rosengarden.
In the album liner notes of Dick Hyman,
"Brazilian Impressions", Command #RS911SD (yr. unknown), it says: ".
. .Dick Hyman has followed these developments with keen
interest--and often with the helpful assistant of percussionist Bobby
Rosengarden, a Brazilian music buff who collects tapes of the work of
Brazilian musicians of all kinds."