Rob was born in Boston in 1962. After studying piano for 3 years with Kenny Barron at Rutgers University, Rob moved to New York City in 1984, where he started his Jazz career as accompanist for singing legends Little Jimmy Scott and Dakota Staton. In 1987 he spent a year as pianist for the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, touring the United States, Europe and Japan. And in 1991, Rob joined the Nat Adderley Quintet, with whom he played for nearly 8 years, toured the world and recorded 8 CD’s.
Along the way, Rob has also performed, toured and/or recorded with: Jimmy Cobb’s Mobb, Ronny Jordan, Gloria Lynne, Jeannie Bryson, Roy Hargrove, Laverne Butler, the Walter Booker Quintet, Bud Shank, Carolyn Leonhart, Alvin Queen, and many more…
Mr. Bargad is also an accomplished arranger, producer and songwriter. His songs have been chosen for several recording and film projects. Two of Rob’s songs can be found in the newly published vocal anthology: Sing Jazz from Second Floor Music. Rob has recorded several CDs as a leader and co-leader – Better Times (Criss Cross 1086CD), The Shadow Of Your Smile (Alfa Jazz ALCB3069), Mom’s Good Wishes (Central Station Music CSM060101), and Steal The Moon (Sunnyside Records) with vocalist Carolyn Leonhart. In 2004, Rob co-founded the Hammond organ trio, JOHNSON 3!, which features Rob on Hammond and vocals. Their CD is JOHNSON 3! What About Love? (CSM 050101). Another band project featuring Rob on Hammond organ – Organic Mode – is soon to release a debut CD, entitled Nasty Junething (Organic Records).
Rob Bargad is now Professor of Jazz Piano at the Kärntnerlandeskonservatorium – a conservatory in Klagenfurt, Austria. He lives in Vienna with his wife, Nadine, a freelance photographer.