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guest star: bob baglione of chicago groove collective

This month’s Musician Spotlight features Bob Baglione, lead guitarist and vocalist of Stitely Entertainment’s Chicago Groove Collective. Bob’s creative upbringing influenced his love for a wide variety of musical styles from Jazz, Funk, Rock, Pop and Soul making him a perfect fit for CGC. We sat down with Bob and heard what’s on his iPod now as well as the funniest event story of all time entitled, “Frankenstein Pants.” Check it out!
Stitely Entertainment (SE): What are the three songs or albums you’re listening to the most right now?

Bob Baglione (BB):

Nomad’s Land by Sixen

I Can See Your House from Here by John Scofield and Pat Methany

Mountains in the Cloud by Miroslav Vitous

SE: Who or what inspired you to be a professional musician?

BB: My brother and his band. My brother played in the Drum Corp in middle school and in high school, he got involved with various rock bands. They would frequently rehearse Beatles and R&B type tunes, a la James Brown, at the house.

SE: What’s your craziest event story (that you can share)?

BB: I call this story, “Frankenstein Pants” and you’ll see why. I was living in Hawaii with a 14-piece touring group playing the Military and Tourist Circuit in Waikiki/Honolulu.  On our day off, we would hit the local reefs and snorkel.  One of the fans from Pearl Harbor Navy base, who was enamored with one of the female vocalists, decided to stop by and visit and ask her out.  He showed up all decked out to impress her but lost his nerve.  When the guys decided to go snorkeling he asked if he could come with.  We had to remind him that we did not have any swimming trunks his size.  Not being very bright, he responded “no problem,  I have an idea.”  He found a pair of scissors and proceeded to cut his dress pants.  We all went snorkeling in the surf and this guy tagged along in his dress shirt, black cut off dress pants, shoes and socks.  We kept our distance.  At the end of our little trip, and returning back to the house, we all decided to go out and eat.  He decided he wanted to come and eat too.  We reminded him, “how can you possibly go out to a restaurant after you chopped off you pants with a pair of scissors?  Not only that, You’re wet.”  He said “no problem,  I have an idea.”  He borrowed a needle and thread and proceeded to sew his pants back together..  One leg was longer than the other and the seams looked like Frankenstein’s head.  So we all went out and had food and drink.  At the end of it, we all came back and called it a day.  This poor fool…he didn’t impress the girl, and ended up on the back stairs of the house, in the rain, crying and throwing up on himself.  Someone finally had to drive him back to the Naval Base.  That was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen.

SE: Do you have any regular gigs?

BB: I am employed by Immanual Lutheran Church in Elmhurst, IL, Phat Jazz Organ Trio at Dragon Lounge in Oak Park, IL, Chase, Bill Dickens Band, Hyper-Harp Project, Dave Polk Project and of course, CGC (Chicago Groove Collective.)

SE: What was the first concert you attended? 

The Crying Shames

SE: If you could share the stage with any musician, dead or alive, who would it be?

BB: Herbie Hancock or Chick Corea

SE: You’re stuck on a desert island forever. Which three albums do you want with you? 

Primal Tracks by Scott Henderson & Tribal Tech

Multiplicity by Dave Weckl

White Heat by Barry Miles with Pat Martino

SE: Beatles or Stones? 

BB: Stones

Check out Bob’s tear up the stage during this amazing performance at Cafe Milano in Nashville, TN! Wow!

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