Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Mosci, Robert (Robert Moskowitz)
Mosci, Robert [Robert Moskowitz], pianist, vocalist: b. New York, NY, 25, April 1953. He grew up in a family of musicians, and had mastered an eclectic array of instruments and musical styles by the time he reached his teens. His father Milton Moskowitz (b. 1924) performed as clarinetist with the NYC Ballet Orchestra and with Stowkowski's Symphony of the Air. His mother was born Adele Schonberger, 1929 and his sister was born Susan Moskowitz, later Volchok - 1951).
Robert played classical bassoon (studied with Harold Goltzer and Arthur Weisberg) with several orchestras (including performances with Stokowski and Ormandy), and performed as a keyboard player (studied piano with David Poliakin), blues harpist, and singer with local NYC bands. Studying all aspects of jazz and popular music at Boston's Berklee College of Music, his skills were honed as a pianist while he added saxophone (studied with Joe Viola) to his impressive instrumental credits. In Boston, Robert performed with several popular area groups and also developed a solo act, incorporating original music into his performances. Following his return to New York, he played regularly in clubs on the Greenwich Village scene. He soon began performing at some of New York's elegant nightspots, and eventually became the resident musician at the Beekman Tower Hotel's famed art-deco lounge, the Top Of The Tower on New York's east side. Known for his sensitive vocal and piano interpretations of pop standards and original songs, he has attracted a loyal following of listeners. Robert has also composed and recorded several sports music themes, including a jingle used for a NYC sports radio talk show host, and a theme eventually purchased by a major New York baseball franchise.
He is married to the artist, Sarah Yuster (b. 1957). They live in cozy Staten Island, where they are raising their two children, Ian (b. 1990) and Nora (b. 1993).
First Portrait (1995); One by One (1999); Frankly Speaking (2003); Holidays (2004)