Sunday, May 17, 2009

Bebob spreads his jazz vibe around

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Special to The Miami Herald

""''If you can't be everything to everybody, you, too, can be beautiful. Go forth and be beautiful.''
If you're hearing these affirming words, chances are you're up too late on a Monday night and tuned to WLRN-FM's Evenin' Jazz. The show's host, Bob ''Bebob'' Grabowski, has been signing off with this mellifluous mantra throughout his broadcast career, which has included a drive-time show on WDNA-FM and a six-year, red-eye shift on WTMI-FM.

For a little more than a year now, Grabowski has been haunting the near-empty corridors of WLRN's downtown Miami studios on Monday nights from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., but his influence on the local jazz scene extends far beyond the glow of the radio dial.

As an A-list bass player, he has shared stages with South Florida's jazz elite. Ira Sullivan, Jesse Jones Jr., Melton Mustafa and Dr. Lonnie Smith are but a few of the area's top practitioners who have called upon Grabowski's rich tone and fluency on the upright acoustic...."

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