Bob Thompson (Robert Lamar Thompson)

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San Jose, California, USA
Bob Thompson was raised in the small California town of Auburn. Hearing Duke Ellington on the radio during the Depression was a turning point in his life, sending him on to a career in music. His education consisted of short academic music stints combined with apprenticeships to music arrangers - and practical training as a staff arranger at San Francisco's NBC station - KGO. Bob also played in jazz bands (piano), most memorably with Barney Bigard of Duke Ellington's orchestra when he was just 18. Read more...