Short Bio

Musical Bio

 As a quick list:

1963 studied in New Bern, NC with Avids Snornieks

1967 studied in Siena, Italy with Guido Agosti

1969 graduated UNC with music degree studying with Clifton Matthews

1970  studied one year at New England Conservatory with Jacob Maxin    a course with Rudolf Kolisch - Beethoven string quartets

1972 Syracuse University  Masters Degree in music 

1969 to 1972 taught at Syracuse University 

1974 -1975 taught Campbell University 

1979 1st studio recording with great country singer Buddy Davis Asheville, NC

1979 formed first jazz band in Asheville, NC 'Round Midnight

1980 taught at UNC-Asheville

1981 musical director of Chez Condoret Cabaret

1982-1984 Robert Griffin Trio at Radisson Plaza, Raleigh, 6 nights a week

1984-1988  formed Proof Positive, “society band”

1987  local series of many shows with the very talented Callie Warner, doing exclusively music of Tom Waits (a 60 song repertoire)

1989 tour of France with Taz Halloween

1993-2008 (15 years at 5 night per week) house pianist at Carolina Club in Alumni Center, UNC campus    

during which time I also toured with the SQUIRREL NUT ZIPPERS,Katharine Whalen Jazz Squad, and 5 tours in France working with french chanteuse, Tania Carl  

1998 - also recorded my first full length cd NORTH CAROLINA: A STATE OF MUSIC, a solo piano recording; 

1999 played piano and arranged the KATHARINE WHALEN JAZZ SQUAD cd; 

2006 recorded THE TANIA CARL cd

2009 once again touring with the Squirrel Nut Zippers all over USA and Columbia, South America

2010, released a new cd calledAIN’T MY KINDA STRANGE with an all star ensemble including Ray Codrington, trumpet: Frank Worrell, drums: Don Gladstone bass: Rodney Marsh, sax: Taz Halloween, Carter Minor and Jackie Thomas, backing vocalsAll songs are my compositions -, played piano and lead vocals 

 a video of the song,Girl #0024is now on the griffanzo youtube channel along with videos forKatrina, Katrina and Dubya Speak

1978 to present playing many clubs in many different incarnations, mostly jazz dates but joining blues & rock bands and others on a regular basis, as well as the usual vast array of great local singers.    

Since 2011 I have been doing 2 shows a year with the Murphey School Radio show modeled after Prairie Home Companion. Learn about the shows various artists, sponsors and charities at 

Released in 2013 a new cd with Tania Carl entitledPour Toi.The set includes 4 songs of Tania’s with myself and great percussionist, Beverly Botsford and 4 songs of mine with Tania and drummer Bobby Cohen. All music available on thereverbnation site.


The newest cd from griffanzo is "I Mighta Lied To You Yesterday" (But I'll Tell You The Truth Tonight) has just come out december 2015 with 8 new original tracks and an all-star cast of musicians. It is available on amazon and Having played the famed Cat's Cradle for the release party it is doing quite well.

Traveling to San Francisco in march of 2016 to played several that I've been doing for

five years.

Look for griffanzo when searching for new info as the band name has taken over my identity. I'm expecting to put up more videos from the cd release party on my youtube channel - griffanzo.

I and my capable partners in crime are always and forever will be happy to entertain you with all the jazz standards that we all fell in love with to start our careers to begin with!

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