By Patte Purcell

Bob DeSena is not only one of my favorite musicians but he’s also a dear friend. We met on Facebook and I had him at our Celebrity Jam Latin Night last February and at every Celebrity Jam since then. He is a multi-talented composer, vibes, trumpet, and flugelhorn player and he’s a vocalist. I listen to his music often and enjoy the sexy Latin rhythms he produces.

His last CD After Midnight won the LA Music Awards Jazz Album of the Year (24th Annual) and he also received Jazz Artist of the Year in 2014. In 2015, he was nominated for the Los Angeles Music Award for International Jazz Artist of the Year for the United States and he also received a Lifetime Achievement Award for live musical performer.

This year he is receiving the Las Vegas Fame Award on March 23 for Best Jazz Live Performer at the Hard Rock Rock Hotel and Casino. It’s tribute night and they asked him to perform some Santana music. So he and his band will be performing a Tribute to Carlos Santana. As an added bonus, he’s bringing in the desert’s own Alex Santana on guitar to perform with him.

He’s a regular performer at the Fisherman’s Village Music Series in Marina Del Ray and has been performing there for 18 years and will be back on Saturday, Feb. 25. It’s a beautiful outdoor venue. He’s also a regular performer at the Huntington Beach Concert Band Series and has been for 20 years.

His biggest project is a live jazz club in Las Vegas that he’s been working on. The location is set in the heart of the Las Vegas strip and he’s close to having the investors he needs. If everything goes, it will open sometime in 2017 about a mile from the new NFL stadium that is opening. He will be performing with his band and will also feature other live jazz groups. They will then play salsa music until 5 in the morning.  This is something so needed in Las Vegas away from the clanging of the slot machines. Go Bob!

I’m pleased to announce that Bob and his band will be performing at the next Jazz at the Mansion, a 420 Friendly Party in Palm Springs on Sunday, Feb. 26, from 4:20 until 7:00 pm. It’s a private Party with an all- inclusive ticket for $75 that includes appetizers from Todo El Dia, Alien Tequila Anejo, Reposado, and Silver tastings (sipping tequila), vendor gifts from 420 sponsors including Cy Solutions, Crater Lake specialty mixed cocktails, limo valet from Palm Springs Limousine from parking to the mansion and more. Sponsorship support by Coachella Valley Weekly. You are free to bring your own bottle of wine or other liquor as this is a private party. The show will open with Alex Santana on guitar (he will also be playing with Bob, and then Amsterdam Connection (from Holland) will be performing from 4:30-5:00. Bob and his band will start at 5 and play until 7:00.

Our last party saw the movers and shakers of the desert in attendance. Everyone loved it! We hope to be doing more 420 friendly Jazz events throughout the year.

To get on ‘the list’ for an invitation text your name and email to 1-702-219-6777 and we’ll text you the ticket link. Address of the mansion is given with the ticket purchase.

To contact Bob visit his website at bobdesena.com or call him at 702-994-0776.

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