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date: 17 January 2020

Enriquez, Bobby (“Wild Man”) [Roberto T.]locked

  • Gary W. Kennedy

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[Roberto T.]

(b Bacolod City, Philippines, May 20, 1943; d Stayton, OR, Aug 6, 1996). Filipino pianist. He was self-taught. Around 1960 he moved to Manila, where he performed in a group co-led by Tony Scott. He then left the Philippines and performed with Tito Puente in Hong Kong in 1961 before settling in Taiwan, where he worked in a house band on a US military installation. From 1964 to 1967 he lived and worked in Okinawa, Japan. In 1967, in Las Vegas, he arranged the music for and conducted the Filipino revue Moses and the Hi-Brows, then from 1968 to 1970 he was in Hawaii as music director for the singer Don Ho. After a further spell in Las Vegas he moved to San Francisco, where he led a trio at the Mikayo Hotel (1973–5), and back to Hawaii to lead a quartet and perform as an unaccompanied soloist at the Moana Hotel (...

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L. Feather and I. Gitler: The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz (New York, and Oxford, England, 1999)