Throughout his career, Bob has played for hundreds of singers, both professional and
amateur, and has been a private vocal coach for many of them. He prepares and
rehearses singers for performances in public, or simply to be a guest singer at the piano bar venue at which he happened to be performing. Bob joins the Old Town School teaching artist roster to offer a Piano Bar 101 class, carrying on the tradition started here by the schools beloved Gwen Pippin.
Pianist/singer Bob Solone grew up in Cicero Illinois. As a kid in fourth grade, inspired by old Marx Brothers movies on TV, he wanted to play the harp but settled on his second choice, the violin. Then, at age 12, he got his first piano and the match was made. In addition to his fascination with Rachmaninov, Scriabin, and Ravel, he was lured also by the popular music of the day, and had a brief adventure sitting in with the rock band, "Ides of March".
While at Morton College, he began his nightclub performance career, which led him to performances in restaurants, nightclubs, and hotels in Chicago, New York, Las Vegas, Europe, and Mexico. The classic piano bar has been his nitch and his living since high school. After 46 years, you could say he has paid his piano bar dues. Bob often feels like the “piano man” in Billy Joel’s song.
Beginning in 1983, bob performed at Chicago’s first two-piano venue, the popular French Bistro, Yvette, five nights a week, for ten years. Bob teamed up with Tony Zito, then in the 90’s with Gwen Pippin. With back-to-back Grand Pianos, they played a mix of music that always surprised audiences, from Mozart, Bach, and Rachmaninov, to Prince, Springsteen, Beatles, and of course the standard piano-bar fare of Gershwin, Porter, Rogers & Hart, etc. And they easily adapted to various guest artists who frequently sat in, such as Johnny Frigo, Buddy Charles, and Frank D’Rone.
Currently you can find Bob performing at Troquet River North, East Bank Club, Sabatino’s, Gibson’s Steakhouse & Monsignor Murphy’s.
Started at the Old Town School in February of 2015