rob reich

accordionist, pianist, composer



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Rob's debut album of original music, "Shadowbox" has been released on BAG Production Records. 

Shadowbox contains "a stylistically varied suite of tunes that gracefully integrate improvisation and nuanced arrangements". - Jesse Hamlin, San Francisco Chronicle

"An elegant quintet date that moves effortlessly between post-bop, jazz Manouche, and chamber-rock" - Peter Margasak, Downbeat

Available for purchase on iTunes or Amazon.

Take a listen to some previews:

Rob Reich is quintessentially what makes the San Francisco music scene a vibrant and vital mecca for independent music; he’s become one of its stalwart underground artists. His music defies genre, combining strong melodic ideas, rhythmic drive, and a spirit of irreverence and experimentation. He is best known for his work with Tin Hat, Gaucho, and Circus Bella.

"Whatever context he's in, Reich transforms it into a creative hothouse where thousands of musical flowers bloom." -Andy Gilbert, East Bay Express

"Rob's music is just like he is: guileless, thoughtful, playful and charming. His music wears a bowler hat and a pair of Chuck Taylors." - Carla Kihlstedt

"A master of succinct revelation, of vaporous extremes that get right to the heart, of plainspoken abandon." - Ben Goldberg



east coast tour

I just returned from a trip to New York City, where I celebrated the release of my new CD "Shadowbox" with a concert at Barbes. I also played a couple of inspired dates with Todd Sickafoose's Tiny Resistors, and performed at the New York Hot Jazz Festival. 


May 29 7:30pm "Village Road Trio"
The Monkey House, Berkeley

Alisa Rose - violin
Daniel Fabricant - bass
Rob Reich - accordion

This trio skirts the borders of folk and classical music. Check out our version of Bartok's Hungarian Dances HERE. We'll be sharing the evening with songstress Karina Denike.

June 12 6pm: Nice Guy Trio
Presidio Officers Club, San Francisco

Darren Johnston - trumpet
Daniel Fabricant - bass
Rob Reich - accordion

A reunion for the Nice Guy Trio at this free concert in the Presidio.

June 15 7pm: Prez Kids
SFJAZZ Joe Henderson Lab, San Francisco

Smith Dobson V - tenor sax
Erik Jekabsen - trumpet
Rob Reich - piano, accordion
John Wiitala - bass
James Gallagher - drums

Prez Kids is a group dedicated to the music of tenor saxophone giant Lester Young and the timeless music of the swing era. 




Contact Rob: robbyreichmusic@gmail.com

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Rob Reich grew up in Long Island, New York, studying piano from age three.  After graduating with a degree in Music Composition from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he discovered the accordion, now his primary instrument.


Reich’s music defies genre. His music combines strong melodic ideas, rhythmic drive, and a spirit of irreverence and experimentation. He has written songs for Tin Hat based on the poetry of e.e. cummings, music for contortionists and trapeze artists with Circus Bella, as well as new repertoire for his own ensembles, the Rob Reich Trio and the Rob Reich Quintet.


His accompaniment skills often finds him performing live soundtrack to silent films. In 2013, he was commissioned to compose and produce a score for “The Stranger: Part 1”, a full length modern dance piece by David Herrera Performance Company. In 2011, he was commissioned by Yerba Buena Gardens Festival to compose “Sidewalks and Alleys” for a seven piece chamber ensemble.  


Reich performs with the acclaimed groups Tin Hat, Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors, Ben Goldberg School, Gaucho, Nice Guy Trio, and Prez Kids, and has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Tampare Jazz Festival, SFJAZZ Festival, Portland Jazz Festival, Switchboard Festival; and at San Francisco venues including Herbst Theater, Yoshi’s, Yerba Buena Gardens, and the Red Poppy; and at NYC venues including Symphony Space, Joe’s Pub, Le Poisson Rouge, and Barbes.