Saxophonist Bob Franceschini (pronounced Fran-chess-ski-knee) was born to a multicultural family and raised in NYC. Attended the High School of Music and Art and shortly thereafter began his musical career, touring, recording, writing, arranging and producing for the cream of the crop of Jazz, Latin Jazz, Pop, Salsa, Funk, R&B and World Music artists such as George Benson, Eddie Palmieri, Woody Shaw, Kenny Kirkland, Chris Botti, Tower Of Power (just song writing and arranging), Randy Brecker, Chaka Khan, Michel Camilo, Willie Colon, Ruben Blades, Richard Bona, Jennifer Lopez, and Paul Simon. His first heavy touring and recording experience was with The Tom Browne Band that also featured, Marcus Miller, Omar Hakim and Bobby Broom.
Bob has played sax and various woodwinds on many TV and film scores for directors Sidney Lumet, Paul Schrader and many more. He also played on countless commercial jingles. Franceschini has played on over 200 CD’s.
Bob is well known from his work with guitarist Mike Stern. They are still touring the globe together. He has recorded on Stern‘s last five Grammy nominated CD’s as well as two critically acclaimed DVD’s.
He been touring on and off for the last 8 years as the sub for Bob Mintzer with the legendary band The Yellow Jackets as well as subbing for Eric Marienthal with Jeff Lorber Fusion.
Bob has most recently been part of a trio with bassist Victor Wooten that also features drummer Dennis Chambers. Their CD TRYPNOTYX has been in the top ten in iTunes several times since it’s release September 2017. They are currently touring the world in support of this recording.
Bob is known as an educator as well. He frequently does workshops and master classes the world over. He has many private students as well as students via Skype. For the last 7 years he has been an instructor of music theory, composition and improvisation at “Victor Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature” (vixcamps.com) in Nashville Tennessee with students of all ages (8-68) from all over the world.
Most notably Bob co-leads and organizes a highly successful week long sax intensive at Wooten Woods called “Inside :Outside Saxophone Retreat” (www.insideoutsideretreat.com), created with saxophonist/educator Bob Reynolds and saxophonist/naturalist Bob Hemenger. The camp has featured guest instructors, including Joshua Redman, Chris Potter, Steve Wilson, Kirk Whalum, Branford Marsalis and Jeff Coffin.