Bob Dorough is an American bebop and cool jazz pianist, singer, composer, songwriter, arranger and producer.
He is best known as composer and performer of songs from Schoolhouse Rock!, a series of TV cartoons that appeared on Saturday mornings in the 1970s and 1980s. He worked with Miles Davis and Blossom Dearie, and his adventurous style influenced Mose Allison.
Real jazz heads know his classic Devil May Care which was also the name of the album which came out in 1956. That album also contained a version of Charlie Parker’s “Yardbird Suite” with lyrics added by Dorough. Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis liked the album, and in 1962 when Columbia Records asked Davis to make a Christmas record, he sought out Dorough to provide lyrics and vocals. Blue Xmas appeared on the compilation album Jingle Bell Jazz. During that session Dorough recorded another song for Davis, “Nothing Like You,” which appeared a few years later at the end of the Sorcerer album, making Dorough one of the few musicians with a vocal performance on a Miles Davis record.
Iridium is proud to present jazz bebop legend Bob Dorough – piano/vocals with Steve Berger – guitar/vocals and Paul Rostock – bass.