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Over the last 25 years Rob Crocker has performed music professionally on Saxophone and Guitar. Rob's musical journey began when when Rob's friend and mentor, Guitarist Tony Ybarra encouraged him to audition for Santa Barbara City College's Music department applied music course. While studying at SBCC, Rob studied music theory and musicianship under Jack Ullom and Charles Wood, and studied Classical and Latin style guitar with Bob Drake. While attending City College Rob began performing with Tony Ybarra's group Sonido Moreno. Sonido Moreno was a Latin Jazz and Flamenco group that performed music from Spain, Mexico, Brazil as well as other varieties and styles that include Rumbas, Boleros, Sambas, Cha Chas, and Bossa Novas. With Sonido Moreno, played with world class percussionists Ron Powell (Madonna, Kenny G.) and Chester Cooley (Big Bad Voodoo Daddy).
He also traveled with Tony and Sonido Moreno to Hong Kong for a 7 day tour sponsored by Chase Bank.
WhIle at City College Rob also began playing Tenor Saxophone and a couple of years later began his own Funk and Latin jazz band "Burning Edamame".
Burning Edamame is an energetic group comprised of vocalist April Hendrix and Keyboardist Greg Godfrey. Burning Edamame held many long time residencies in the Santa Barbara music scene. Rob has collaborated with the Kinsella Brothers Band, Dustin Jansen, and The Academy.
Currently Rob can be seen playing guitar with Tony Ybarra (Michael McDonald), The Kinsella Band, as well as performing as a soloist at the San Ysidro Ranch, Anchor Rose, and at the El Encanto. You can also catch him on Saxophone doing solo work at local wineries and private parties.
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