Five Firsts: Bob Gluck of Bob Gluck’s Something Quiet Trio

Bob Gluck

NAME: Bob Gluck
BAND AFFILIATION: Bob Gluck’s Something Quiet Trio (with saxophonist Joe Giardullo and bassist Christopher Dean Sullivan), the Bob Gluck Trio (with bassist Michael Bisio and drummer Dean Sharp)
INSTRUMENT: Piano and electronics

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … It was either Spanky and Our Gang or the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s “Are You Experienced.”

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … I attended many classical concerts as a young Julliard student, but my first popular music show was Arlo Guthrie, followed immediately by Iron Butterfly with the Herbie Hancock Sextet opening.

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3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … soprano recorder and piano

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … In the conservatory, a miscellany of Bach, Beethoven and Chopin. In a rock setting, it was “Glad” by Traffic.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … I played solo piano for my entire childhood, and then in high school, it was Band of Joy in Chappaqua, NY. The group had two guitarists, a bassist/singer, four horns and my RMI electric piano. We played a combination of Zappa, Stones, Traffic, Chicago and an occasional original tune.

Pianist and UAlbany associate professor of music Bob Gluck will lead the Something Quiet Trio in the live premiere of their album, “Something Quiet,” which was released in January on FMR Records. The performance will take place at 7pm on Monday at the Recital Hall in UAlbany’s Performing Arts Center in Albany. Tix are $8; students and seniors $4.

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