Bobby Rosengarden

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Bobby Rosengarden
Birth nameRobert Marshall Rosengarden
Born(1924-04-23)April 23, 1924
Elgin, Illinois, U.S.
DiedFebruary 27, 2007(2007-02-27) (aged 82)
Sarasota, Florida, U.S.
GenresJazz, swing, big band
Instrument(s)Drums, percussion

Robert Marshall Rosengarden (April 23, 1924[1] – February 27, 2007) was an American jazz drummer, percussionist and bandleader. A native of Elgin, Illinois, United States,[1] he played on many recordings and in television orchestras and talk show bands.

Rosengarden began playing drums when he was 12, and later studied at the University of Michigan.[1] After playing drums in Army bands in World War II, he moved to New York City, working in several groups between 1945 and 1948, before becoming a busy studio musician.[1] He played at NBC-TV (1949–1968) and ABC (1969–1974) on The Steve Allen Show, The Ernie Kovacs Show, Sing Along With Mitch, Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show Band, and led the band for The Dick Cavett Show.

Through the years, Rosengarden was an active studio musician, recording with Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Skitch Henderson, Quincy Jones, Peter Nero, Gil Evans, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan, Benny Goodman, Moondog, Dick Hyman, Arlo Guthrie, Carmen McRae, Ben E. King, Harry Belafonte, Barbra Streisand, Jimi Hendrix, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Walter Wanderley and Tony Bennett.

In later years, Rosengarden was most often heard as the drummer with a variety of all-star, swing-oriented groups, including Soprano Summit. He died of Alzheimer's disease in Sarasota, Florida, at the age of 82.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Robert "Bobby" Rosengarden was first married to Dorothy Kline and later remarried to Sharon Lee Rosier in 1985. Bobby is the father to two sons, Neil and Mark Rosengarden, who were raised in the village of Kings Point in Great Neck, New York.[3] Rosengarden has four grandchildren.[4]


As sideman[edit]

With Stan Getz

With J. J. Johnson

With Oliver Nelson

With Jimmy Smith

With Sylvia Syms

With Milt Hinton & Derek Smith

With Bob Wilber & Kenny Davern

  • Summit Reunion (Chiaroscuro, 1989)
  • Summit Reunion 1992 (Chiaroscuro, 1992)

With Walter Wanderley

With Kai Winding


  1. ^ a b c d Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Who's Who of Jazz (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 342. ISBN 0-85112-580-8.
  2. ^ Bobby Rosengarden Biography, AllMusic, Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  3. ^ "Cynthia Krasnov Fiancee (Published 1973)". The New York Times. 1973-12-09. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-10-13.
  4. ^ Zaloudek, Mark. "Jazz fest brought drummer to area". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved 2020-10-13.

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