Company: Piano Bob
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Robert Wilder, Pianist at Piano Bob, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in musical entertainment.
Following obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in history in 1965 from the University of Miami, Mr. Wilder attended law school for a time and subsequently entered the family real estate business Southland Associates, but he determined his true calling was playing piano in the styles with which he had grown up in the jazz, jump blues and rock tradition. Known as “Piano Bob,” he has played in front of nationwide audiences and released a number of critically-acclaimed albums that include “Piano Bob’s 88s – Big Beat Blues” and “John Carey and Piano Bob Back in New Orleans.” Some of the numbers Mr. Wilder performs are “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” “Blue Monday,” Chuck Berry’s “You Never Can Tell,” and Huey “Piano” Smith’s “Sea Cruise.”
In what he considers to be a career highlight, Mr. Wilder’s album “Piano Bob and the Snowman” won the B.B. King Lucille Award from The Blues Foundation at the National Amateur Blues Talent Competition, now known as the International Blues Challenge, presented at the W.C. Handy Blues Awards in Memphis. Mr. Wilder and his band subsequently toured with Mr. King at a string of concert dates and music festivals.
Mr. Wilder attributes his success to his love for the piano and dedication to playing blues. He was a music lesson dropout in school and had to teach himself when he got older. He focused on his career in real estate and music became just a hobby, but is very happy that he decided to play full time. In coming years, he is hoping for the continued growth and success of his career in music.
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