Meet the Musicians
Meet Rob Reich
Rob has long been a fixture on the Manhattan music scene. He regularly appears at Smalls and Smoke, two of New York’s hippest jazz clubs, and performs with singer/songwriter Paul Ruderman and jazz trumpeter Todd Horton. Recent gigs include backing up legendary R&B artists Ashford and Simpson, Freddie Jackson, and Stephanie Mills as part of the house band at the Manhattan nightclub Sugar Bar.
Rob also has been touring with pianist/singer Peter Cincotti, where they opened for Michael McDonald at the Sundance Film Festival, appeared at the London Jazz Festival, and made a guest appearance on The Tony Danza Show. His guitar work can be heard on preview music for The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, and other HBO Original Series programming.
A mainstay on 98.7 Kiss FM, one of New York’s most popular radio dance stations, Rob is featured on dance remixes done with DJ Darryl James for R&B artists Jaheim and Musique Soulchild. He also was the guitarist and keyboardist in 2004 for the Earth Wind & Fire tribute, Shining Star, a dance piece by renowned choreographer David Parsons for the prestigious Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Rob attended the acclaimed jazz studies program at William Paterson University, where he graduated with honors and received the jazz performance award. While there he had the opportunity to perform alongside jazz legends including saxophonist Joe Henderson, pianist Cedar Walton, and bassist Rufus Reid. He currently is finishing Wake Up!, his first solo album.
Meet Doug Glener
After graduating from Vassar College, Doug headed up to Boston to pursue a career in music. In 1987, he formed Alice and the Wonderband, a six-piece R&B band that featured lead singer Alice Johnson. Of Alice’s voice, the late Leonard Bernstein enthused “Superb!” and not surprisingly, the band was a hit on the club circuit.
While Alice and the Wonderband paid Doug’s rent, he founded Perfect World, a six-piece band that blended funk, rap, and jazz—a unique combination in the late 80s. Perfect World appeared on Star Search (the American Idol of its time) and was a finalist in Musician Magazine’s Best Unsigned Band Contest.
Doug now teaches guitar in California, and makes his living as a writer. He has a number of guitar students and occasionally plays out.