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Robert Grabau




Photo By: Adriano Ficarelli

Robert Grabau has been performing at concerts and in the clubs since 1972. He plays Guitar, Alto, Tenor, Soprano Sax, Flute and vocals. He started playing Flute, Keyboards, and Vocals in 1970. In 1982 he joined The New Count Five as lead vocalist as well as playing Hammond B-3. He also wrote the songs for their entire new set. The band was a combination of members from both The Count Five and The Chocolate Watchband, both considered linchpins of the San Francisco music scene in the late 60’s and early 70’s.

After a two year run he left to focus on his family, but continued to write. In the 80’s he traveled extensively in Asia. In the 90’s he took up Guitar and began to perform solo at restaurants and pubs. In 1992 he moved to Placer county California and began to study the Tenor Saxophone and work with Blues bands again. In 1993 he formed the Big Boys Blues Band that featured some of the best guitarists from the Sacramento area as well as Tony Day, drummer for Van Morrison. He also had begun to focus on the Tenor Sax as his primary instrument. He joined The San Francisco Bay Area Blues Society Caravan of All Stars that included members from James Brown’s band, Sly and the Family Stone, and The Dynatones There was two stand outs in the band, Styx Boyette who had drummed for just about every great blues artist (several years with BB King) as well as several years for the Jazz Crusaders (they had a hit with Put It Where You Want It), and Julien Vaught vocalist and Sax player from The Flamingos. For the next several years Julien was his mentor, instructor and friend and Styx Boyette became his good friend and drummer. He also pioneered playing live with DJ’s and was featured at early raves and then the bigger dance clubs like Kelly’s Mission Rock and in the after-hours dance clubs in the So-Ho district of the city.

In 2004 He moved to South Florida and joined in the Jazz, Blues, Techno, and Folk music scenes. He has played solo Folk shows at Luna Star Café and Jazz at Van Dykes, both in Miami and played with some of the biggest local acts such as Dave Shelly, Iko Iko, and Galaxy Girl. In 2005 he played a Sax solo during a performance of The Mighty Clouds Of Joy at the Georgia Tech stadium in Atlanta that was broadcast nationwide. He has been a member of the BB Kings All Stars.



Email: bobgrabau33@gmail.com






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