The book The Great Jazz Guitarists (Scott Yanow, for Hal Leonard Books) includes Bob Leary as one of 400 of the world's finest jazz guitarists. He's performed all over the world, on both guitar and Dixieland banjo since he was a young man.
Bob has performed with Carol Channing, in Hello Dolly; recorded several albums with Woody Allen's musical director, Dick Hyman; and has played on more than 100 recordings with some of the most famous names in Dixieland music. He was a featured act and band leader on the Delta Queen, Mississippi Queen, and the American Queen steamboats, was a bandleader at Rosie O'Grady's in Orlando, and was a Banjo King on Main Street at Disney World.
For the past 20 years, Bob has been a featured all-Star on the JazzFest at Sea and Jazzdagen cruises, and has played festivals in Tahiti, Germany, France, Canada, and at the Caesarea Jazz Festival, in Israel. He also tours with both the Midiri Brothers Band, and The Terrier Brothers.
When he's home in Naples, FL, Bob plays regularly at the Ritz-Carlton Beach and Golf Resorts as a soloist and bandleader, and all over town as one-half of the 50's - 60's duo The Elderly Brothers. For years he has played the Saturday and Sunday brunches at Bice Restaurant on 5th Ave in Naples. He and Laura stroll as a duo at private parties and country clubs, where they tap into their vast repertoire of popular songs and requests. Bob also leads quartets and larger bands for any occasion, including his popular New Orleans Po'Boyz blues band.
Bob can be reached at:
Bob Leary's New Orleans Po'Boyz
On the Jumbotron in Caesarea, Israel