Nobby van Deusen

E. Robert van Deusen, a Philadelphia native, began his musical training at age 7. Precocious from a very early age, he started picking out tunes by mimicking the family player piano. Classically trained, he attended Whetstone School of the Performing Arts in Columbus, Ohio, graduating with distinction. Further studies at Capital University, Ohio State, Eastman, and Curtis helped develop the dazzling technique which is a trademark of his playing.

After turning pro in 1976, Bobby toured the Midwest, playing clubs, piano bars and shows. Moving South in 1985 led him to the Rosie O' Gradys Dixieland Band, and gigs in New Orleans with Pete Fountain, Al Hirt, and The Dukes. He performed with the Delta Queen Steamboat Company for 5 years, perfecting his stride and ragtime styles.

Bobby has played all over the country with Hilton Hotels, including the Hilton Sandestin, where he was featured entertainer for 5 years. He has also been the 'House Band' for RadioLive, a production of WUWF Public Radio, for 18 years. Currently he is on tour playing Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" with civic orchestras around the country, and he is negotiating with world-class cruise lines to appear as a guest artist on their vessels.

Bobby has delighted audiences around the world with his show, which features many of his favorite tunes. Stunning arrangements, a hilarious audience participation number, and Bobby's exceptional musical talent make his a very popular dinner show.

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