Accurate is proud to announce two reissues and an upcoming recording from trumpeter and vocalist Bob Merrill.
Merrill, who studied as a teenager with Red Rodney and later with Jaki Byard, has had a long career in the music business. In the early 1980s he presented and often accompanied an endless succession of jazz giants at Harvard's Hasty Pudding Club in Cambridge MA, ranging from Illinois Jacquet, Philly Joe Jones and Tommy Flanagan to Don Cherry and Lester Bowie.
In 1986 Merrill returned to his native NYC and opened Hip Pocket Recording Studio, recording artists such as Patti LaBelle, Sting and Art Garfunkel. During this time he produced three CDs for his father-in-law, legendary pianist Joe Bushkin.
Alongside his offstage activities, Merrill has always remained a top caliber trumpet player whose feel for swing-to-bop territory is as joyful and natural as anyone playing today. Plus - in the tradition of jazz trumpeters since Pops himself - Merrill sings. The impeccable time and phrasing that guide his horn playing shine through in his smooth, soulful baritone voice as well.