Rob Severini with his warm, full “Frank Sinatra voice” will sooth your heart and make your feet tap.
This master of jazz swings will seduce you into sharing the Italian flavours, culture and the many shades of jazz. From behind his double bass you would always find a broad smile, revealing the sheer enjoyment of his desire to entertain you with capturing visual and musical overtures, you can’t help smiling with him and be mesmerized by his presence – you need to experience it yourself……
Being multi-lingual he sings in Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese and English.
Rob Severini settled in Australia in the late 70’s and commenced his musical career as a bassist singer, performing in Clubs around Melbourne. He undertook the Arranging Course provided by the Berkeley Jazz University, Boston, USA, which gave him the first insight in the world of arranging.
The Victorian College of the Arts awarded him the first diploma in the State for double bass (A.mus.A).
His artistry on the double bass was quickly recognised in the classical arena, where he accepted invitations to perform with the New Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, The Whitehorse Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne University String Orchestra, and the Frankston Symphony Orchestra.
Rob’s drive to expand his musical horizons, led him to study jazz improvisation with American saxophonist Jamie Abersold, acclaimed bassist and tutor Rufus Read, Dr. David Backer (Jazz Lecturer and Historian at Indiana University), pianists Mick Knock and Al Gulper and celebrated trumpeter Randy Brecker.
Over the years he has had along-standing and close friendship with producer Adam Dion, as personal arranger, then, as musical director for Casino’s variety productions.
Robert’s expertise and experience in the music world, places him at ease with all styles of music. Today, he plays an important roll in the Australian music industry, as a performer, arranger, producer, jingle writer and computer music programmer.
The extensive repertoire ranging from, Classical, Jazz, Latin, Brazilian, Big Band and Covers to world music. His professional, musical taste and ability, has made the band Life Band a sought after group in Australia and overseas. They have performed at major Festivals and functions, often backing guest artists such as: Al Martino, Normie Rowe, Ernie Sigley, Marina Prior, Frankie J. Holden, Anthony Warlow, Julie Anthony, Tony Pantano, John Farnham, Johnny Mathis, Max Baygraive, B.B. King to mention a few.
Rob Severini and the Life Band are equally well known as a versatile dance band performing also in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and French languages, either in a duo o trio format or in the 18 member’s orchestra (The Victorian Show band), and has performed at leading venues in Australia and Europe including regular engagements at the prestigious Hayman Island Resort-Qld.