Robbie Schlosser, of Magnolia Jazz Band – short bio
Hi, I’m Robbie Schlosser, an inspired jazzman playing his way through life, and loving it!
I’m glad you’re here, and I look forward to talking with you soon. In the meantime, let me introduce myself.
I make a living going to parties, helping people enjoy their landmark celebrations — weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, holiday parties, banquets, you name it! With over 30 years’ experience at thousands of events, I’ve learned what it takes to get people into the swing of things and have a great time. I hope we’ll have an opportunity to help you one of these days.
I’m enjoying a wonderful life, and I took a roundabout way to reach this point. Music has always been my main hobby. Always curious and a lifelong learner, my early ambitions for a scientific career eventually succumbed to my passion for music and love for entertaining people.
I formed the Magnolia Jazz Band in January 1975. A San Jose nightclub owner heard me playing trumpet at an after-hours jam session, and hired me to lead a jazz band to entertain his customers. Though I was still a graduate student at Stanford University, I called five friends from the South Bay Traditional Jazz Society and organized the original Magnolia Jazz Band. That first job lasted six weeks, every Friday and Saturday night. I quickly realized that music and entertaining were my real passions, and my Stanford days were numbered.
Thanks to many long-time friends and clients, I still perform nearly every day, and I manage the band’s business. The Bay Area traditionally boasts plenty of wonderful musicians and lots of parties, and I learned early that I preferred local work to life “on the road”. Our fans love it, too. For example, read some glowing testimonials from happy brides.
Any day, you can find me at an elegant wedding, a spirited party, or a formal business function. I still free-lance occasionally with other local bands, too, and I keep in touch with dozens of musicians each month. I continually learns from all my fellow jazzmen, and every day brings something new.
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