CANCELLED! Bob Dorough

Due to illness, the concert with Bob Dorough is unfortunately cancelled. All ticket buyers will be contacted regarding refunding of tickets.

The now 93-year-old Bob Dorough is famous as the only singer ever to have performed with Miles Davis. Dorough, who has appeared at the festival on a number of occasions, had to cancel last year’s planned visit owing to a wrist injury, but now that he’s recovered we can look forward to a memorable evening with this living legend at Herr Nilsen.

Having completed his bachelor’s degree in music at the University of North Texas, Dorough made his way to New York City where he enrolled on courses at Colombia University. At the same time, he immersed himself in the new sounds then emerging during the bebop revolution, finally turning his back on his academic studies in 1952 and devoting himself to a career in jazz, focusing on vocals and piano.

Following several years of composing, conducting, arranging and playing, he cut his first recording in 1956 as head of the Bethlehem label. His fame grew in the 1970s thanks to his compositions and performances of a number of songs ABC TV’s renowned educational project Schoolhouse Rock, through which children learn about various topics by means of an animated film with memorable music.

Bob Dorough performs songs with meaningful, sophisticated and witty lyrics, which he interprets in his unique manner. His extended improvisations are structured, subtle and as equally expressive as his vocal style. Dorough’s bop-based piano style is playful and unpredictable, making an immediate impact on the listener. Both directly and indirectly, this scat singer of great repute has influenced performers such as Mark Murphy, Michael Franks, Mose Allison and Kurt Elling.