Bob Peteruti – 2015

The “dean” of bass players in Rhode Island. A fraction of the list of musicians he backed as part of the house bands at The Celebrity Club and The Kings & Queens includes Roy Eldridge, Bobby Hackett and Ben Webster with whom he recorded two albums.

Robert “Bob” Petteruti is the “dean” of bass players in Rhode Island. Over several generations, he instructed and mentored dozens of our finest players at the Twin City Music stores in Providence and Pawtucket founded in 1932 by his father, guitarist and bandleader Joseph Petteruti.

He began his career in 1943 at age 13 and has performed all over the Northeast in every setting. During the last 70 years, he has performed with every major jazz artist to pass through Rhode Island. A fraction of the list of musicians he backed as part of the house band at The Celebrity Club and The Kings & Queens includes Roy Eldridge, Bobby Hackett, Mose Allison, Zoot Sims and Ben Webster with whom he recorded two albums.

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