Nationally known jazz expert and former program director/ host of KJAZ of San Francisco, Bob
Parlocha's rich, elegant voice is familiar to jazz audiences as host of the highly rated "Dinner Jazz Show"
at the former KJAZ.
Born and reared in Vallejo, California, Bob learned about jazz from his mother's Count Basie and Duke
Ellington records. He grew up listening to former KJAZ owner Pat Henry, broadcasting at that time on
KROW, and to Jerry Dean, who used to do a weekly KJAZ show from Vallejo. In high school Bob
played tenor and soprano saxophones, the flute, and sang in road bands.
For 10 years jazz remained a hobby while he worked in psychiatric nursing at UCSF, developing
interpersonal skills that would serve him well in the music business. After one routine day at the hospital,
he heard Pat Henry inviting prospective deejays to submit audition tapes to KJAZ. Bob sent in his tape
and Henry ultimately hired him to program Saturday evenings, which eventually led to the Dinner Jazz
A sensitive programmer, articulate spokesman for Jazz, and astute analyst of the music scene, Bob's
master of ceremonies style has enhanced many jazz concerts and fund-raises. His credits include the Gil
Evans Orchestra's concert at the Pacific Coast Collegiate Jazz Festival, the UC Berkeley Jazz Festival,
Oakland Arts Explosion, Jazz at the Palace, Bay Area Jazz Awards, the San Francisco International KJAZ
Festival, and KJAZ host on the SS Norway Jazz Cruises.
Bob's gourmet cooking hobby has also benefited KJAZ audiences. His "Cooking With Bob" column
appeared in the bimonthly KJAZ newsletters, and he has done several live remotes from Bay Area
restaurants on Dinner Jazz. When he's not recording segments for broadcast, he can be found in the
kitchen improvising dishes to satisfy his gourmet-cooking hobby. Besides his on-air duties at KJAZ, Bob
was music director, auditioning new releases and determining which albums and cuts fit the KJAZ mold.
Because KJAZ was one of only a handful of jazz stations nationally reporting air play to the prestigious
"Radio and Records" publication, which influences programming at hundreds of smaller stations and,
ultimately, record sales, he performed an extremely important function.
A highly creative producer, he has developed many interesting specialty shows. His catalog includes the
"Black Masters" series, "Latin Jazz," "On The Scene," spotlighting Bay Area musicians in live
performance, and "What's New," reviewing album releases with a Bay Area panel of experts. Parlocha
has also produced a number of albums for artists. His first was for singer Laurie Antonioli's "Soul Eyes"
on Catero Records. He engineered the late Martha Young's "Live at Bajone's" album on the Carnelian
label and an album for pianist Steve Cohn.
Bob generously donates his time to jazz causes, especially those aiding Bay Area musicians. He also
delights in identifying and developing younger air talent. Bob still enjoys playing the saxophone and
sharing his talents with Bay Area audiences.
William McGlaughlin’s introduction to music came late; he was fourteen before he took
his first piano lessons. “Happily, I understood immediately what a wonderful thing I’d stumbled
into. I can remember thinking as I walked away from my second piano lesson – ‘Well, that’s it.
I’ll be a musician.’ Of course, I had no idea what that decision meant exactly.”
Over the years, McGlaughlin was to discover that ‘being a musician’ could embrace a
great many paths. He has served as an educator, a performer, a trombonist with the Philadelphia
Orchestra and Pittsburgh symphony, and as a conductor – seven years as Associate Conductor
with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, followed by periods as Music Director of orchestras in
Eugene, OR, Tucson, AZ, and San Francisco, CA, and most recently, a twelve year engagement
as Music Director of the Kansas City Symphony. He has also been active as a guest conductor,
leading the Baltimore Symphony, Denver Symphony, Houston Symphony, Los Angeles
Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, National Symphony, New Orleans Symphony,
Oregon Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Opera
Theatre St. Louis, American Music Theater Festival and San Antonio Festival.
Bill McGlaughlin has also been active in broadcasting, serving as host of the popular
public radio program St. Paul Sunday since its inception in 1980. In 1996 the program received
the highest honor in broadcasting, the George Foster Peabody Award. McGlaughlin has also
been active with PBS, the BBC and is now in his ninth season as co-host of the chamber music
program Center Stage From Wolftrap.
It was not until 1997 that McGlaughlin made a public debut in the role that he considers
his most challenging – that of composer. His Three Dreams and a Question: Choral Songs on
E.E. Cummings – a work dedicated to the memory of the young composer and pianist Kevin
Oldham – was enthusiastically received by audiences, performers and press at its premiere with
the Kansas City Symphony, and was quickly followed by five more premieres within a ten
month span. Aaron’s Horizons, a work dedicated to the spirit of Aaron Copland, (with whom
McGlaughlin worked in the 1970s), and has been heard nation wide in a broadcast with members
of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
In the summer of 1998, Bill McGlaughlin signed a contract with Subito Music, which
now publishes all of his work. His recent works include Walt Whitman’s Dream, for large
chorus and orchestra, a work commissioned by Continental Harmony, a Millennium project
sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Composers Forum. He has
also composed a piece in collaboration with Garrison Keillor, Surveying Lake Wobegon, which
has its premiere at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago on September 3, 2000, and has since been
played by orchestras from coast to coast. In addition, he contributed a piece for a ‘quartet of
neglected instruments’ for the December 23, 2000 Prairie Home Companion broadcast from
Town Hall in New York. He composed a work in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the
Minneapolis Civic Orchestra, which was premiered on March 17, 2002. Three Pieces for Wind
Trio was given its first performance at the Kemper Museum in Kansas City on June 1, 2002