BOB KITSIS was born in Boston, Mass. in 1917. His father was a
prominent Boston urologist. Bob began the study of piano at 5
but didn't become serious about music until he was in his 'teens.
In the meantime he heard Heifetz at Symphony Hall and inspired
by his performance studied violin for a year. He switched to saxophone
for a short time before again taking up piano. This time he studied
with Sam Save from whom he learned about Earl Hines. He entered
Harvard University intending to study medicine. He soon altered
courses to include more music in keeping with his increased interest.
He worked club dates and summer engagements prior to his graduation
in 1933. During this period he met George Auld and Billie Holiday,
who suggested he go into music as a full time profession. Feeling
he wasn't quite ready, he worked as a real estate salesman for
a few months. Tiring of this, he went to New York and landed a
job with Artie Shaw's band. Oddly enough Auld joined the band
the same day. He stuck with the outfit under Auld's leadership
when Shaw abandoned it to go to Mexico in 1939. He played with
Tommy Dorsey, Leo Reisman and Gene Krupa before entering the United
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