Chicago Jazz Legend Bob Dogan

Pianist and composer Bob Dogan is considered Chicago’s jazz treasure. He is one of the most revered and enigmatic players on the Chicago music scene, having been right at the roots of modern jazz.

Bob Dogan has played and recorded with Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, Glenn Miller, Louis Bellison, Gordon Brisker and many more. He has taught at Berkee Jazz College in Boston.

Chicago Pianist Bob Dogan has been playing and composing jazz since the mid-1950’s. The fine tenor saxophonist, composer and arranger, Gordon Brisker writes, “To me, Bob Dogan has always been the quintessential jazz musician. You can hear it in his voice when he talks, see it in his gate when he walks, and damn sure feel it in the way he plays and composes.”

Bob Dogan has had a rich and varied playing career. He studied piano with Jackie Byard at the Berklee School of Jazz in Boston from 1956-1958 and played piano with the big bands of Buddy Rich and Maynard Ferguson. After settling in Chicago in the 1960’s Dogan worked with the groups of Ira Sullivan and Gene Shaw. He returned to Boston in the 1980’s to teach at the Berklee School. Since 1988 Bob Dogan has been back in the Chicago area freelancing with numerous jazz groups, playing solo piano, and leading his own band through his arrangements of standards and original compositions.

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