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Bob Erlendson


BOB ERLENDSON (pianist, arranger, composer) was born in 1931 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He started out studying classical piano, graduated in General Arts from United College (now the University of Winnipeg), and also devoted five years to intense study with renowned theory and composition master, Gordon Delamont. He has been a professional musician since 1952, and has lived and worked in most of the major cities of Canada including Winnipeg, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, and Toronto where he lived since 1991 until retiring to Calgary in 2008.

Over almost 60 years, Erlendson, considered by many to be one of Canada’s finest pianists, has played with Lenny Breau, Ed Bickert, Tommy Banks, Rob McConnell, Shirley Eikhard, Cheryl Fisher, Georgia Ambros, Reg Schwager, Moe Koffman, P.J. Perry, Pat LaBarbera, Don ‘D.T.’ Thompson, Herbie Spanier, Don Thompson, George Koller, Bob Day, George Koller, Del Dako, Bobby Brough, and dozens of others

Bob Erlendson’s original material, including a tune entitled ‘CJRT’ was the focus for a Bob Erlendson Trio concert (with George Koller on bass and Archie Alleyne on drums) during the ‘Sound of Toronto Jazz’ Series at the Ontario Science Centre on December 2, 1996.


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