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Durham - Legendary Jazz Chanteuse, Bobbi Rogers (Barbara Anderson), died peacefully at home, in the wee hours of New Year's Day, Jan 1, 2013, surrounded by her family and her music in Durham

"a voice as soft and perfect as a peach blossom in May" ~ Rex Reed, New York Daily News

Although Bobbi was a registered nurse for 45 years, she is best known for her extraordinarily singular singing style. Three recorded albums brought rave reviews from acclaimed jazz critics such as Rex Reed, Richard Sudhalter, John Wilson and Owen McNally. Bobbi recorded with many noteworthy musicians, among them, Gene Bertoncini, Dave McKenna, and Ray and Tom Kennedy. For more than 75 years, Bobbi Rogers thrilled audiences in venues across the country and in Europe, including the famed Copacabana and Michael's Pub in Manhattan and Pat O'Brien's in New Orleans.

She performed in and for numerous clubs, auditoriums, theaters, inaugural balls, royal audiences, charity events and casinos throughout her life. She traveled with several different bands to perform with the U.S.O across the Eastern Seaboard at military installations, including, West Point and Annapolis. Bobbi Rogers and the Hartford Jazz Orchestra played regular weekly gigs at The Arch Street Tavern in Hartford, for nearly 20 years. A remarkable figure in the world of jazz, Bobbi did not sing so much as convey her music in such a way that it left audiences breathless, as if each note she sang was performed directly and solely for each individual listener.

A graduate of Murphy High School, Mobile, Ala. in 1949, Bobbi received a scholarship to Providence College of Nursing, Mobile, Ala. in 1953 and interned as a nurse at The Sister's of Charity Hospital in New Orleans, La. She received an associate's degree from Middlesex Community College in 1971, a bachelor's degree from Central Connecticut State University in 1973 and a master's degree in psychology from Central Connecticut State University in 1985. In addition to being a clinical staff nurse, a pediatric nurse, a psychiatric nurse and a medical surgical nurse, the indefatigable Bobbi was also an instructor for both the Practical Nurse Education Program and the CNA program at Middlesex Hospital, Middletown. During the 1950's, she took a short hiatus from hospital work and moved to New York City where between per diem nursing jobs, she auditioned, sang, modeled and acted for film and television. She also trained with renowned vocal coach, John Quinlan, Frank Sinatra's sole vocal coach. Bobbi seamlessly blended both professions for over four decades. When asked why she never considered giving up nursing for the stage, she replied, "I suffered from the romantic delusion that I might have a patient who was a producer and would reward my tender ministrations with a musical contract." And, did she ever meet any sick producers? "Yes," she admitted dejectedly, "But never in a hospital."

Born Barbara Anne Wagner, Jan. 24, 1931, in New London, to Mary Elizabeth (Lloyd) Wagner and Ralph Wagner, she is survived by her only son, Kristian Lloyd Anderson; two beloved granddaughters, Emily Anderson and Katrina Anderson of Durham; her future daughter-in-law and dear friend, Lili; ˜adopted kids' Tracey Cadrain and Rob Cadrain of New Britain; and many loving family members, special friends, fellow musicians and adoring fans.

Her former husband and life-long friend, Clifford "Bud" Anderson of New Britain; and her long-time companion, composer and bandleader, Charles "Chick'" Chichetti of Waterbury, predeceased Bobbi in 1999.

The much-admired jazz critic for the New York Post, Richard Sudhalter, wrote about Bobbi Rogers, "Above all, there is to her singing a strong sense of personal identity and a musical wisdom which can only be gained by having lived a while." Bobbi Rogers lived a brilliant life. We will miss you Songbird.

The family of Bobbi Rogers would like to extend their enormous gratitude to the amazing nurses, caregivers and volunteers from Middlesex Hospice and Palliative Care. Thank you for your dedication and compassion.

There will be no funereal services. A "Celebration of the Life of Bobbi Rogers" will be held in May 2013. Burial will be at the convenience of the family at Mica Hill in Durham.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to ‘The Bobbi Rogers Memorial Scholarship Fund" c/o Citizen's Bank, 376 Main St, Durham, CT 06422. Scholarship funds will be available to students interested in entering the field of nursing or the musical arts.

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Published in The Day on Jan. 5, 2013.
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February 3, 2013
You always made the best food and made Emily smile when ever she talked about you. You were the most beautiful person inside and out and you wonderful voice will live on forever <3
Kelly Quinn
February 3, 2013
Come Fly with Me!
A month since you flew away Songbird. Spring is on it's way. I hope I hear you outside my window ~ whistling a tune when the snow melts and the peach trees blossom.
Love You Always Mama Mia....
Lili
Lili Kinsman
January 23, 2013
Melissa Torriero
January 22, 2013
Thank you Carlos. You were a dear friend to Bobbi. What a great idea to add her album covers to the guest page.
January 19, 2013
Can't decide which of her recordings is the best. We miss you, Bobbi.
The third and last of Bobbi's recordings, "Some Little Something" - the original cover design.
Carlos Hernández Chávez
January 19, 2013
Bobbi's first recording "Tommy Wolf can really hang you up the most"
For those who haven't heard/seen Bobbi's recordings, I'm posting the covers of her albums here. Thank you.
Carlos Hernández Chávez
January 19, 2013
Crystal & Velvet album with Gene Bertoncini
As I read on the recent messages, I should say that I was privileged to be present at the first two of Bobbi's three recording sessions (and did the cover art for all three albums) where I photographed her while she sang. I will look for those photos and hope they will be included in her internet file.
January 18, 2013
We will always treasure the memories of you with Chic's band at the 880 and the Rocking Horse, and the warmth and beauty of your music.
Ed & Carol Soph
January 17, 2013
Thank you Kevin. I have been collecting memorabilia and compiling a video/slideshow/music reel called "The Bobbi Rogers Project" and it will be available on the internet.
January 15, 2013
I hope some people can get together and leave a legacy of information about Bobbi on the internet. I understand that she was a great person, a great nurse. But her unusual gifts as a singer will make her memory important for many, many more lifetimes. So maybe someome can take the story told in her obituary, add to it and make it visible on the internet for all of those who discover her singing in the years to come.

Kevin
Kevin Roberts
January 14, 2013
Although we never had the pleasure of meeting her. She seemed like an extraordinary Woman.The world has surely lost an angel.
Leslie Henriques
January 12, 2013
I had the honor and pleasure to have Bobbi as a nursing instructor. She was not only a teacher of medical theory, she also taught what it was like to be a caring and giving individual. My Condolences to the family and friends left behind.
Pat Clark
January 12, 2013
To The Family of Bobbi Rogers (Barbara Anderson),
What a remarkable lady Bobbi was!! She was not only successful in her chosen career of nursing but in her second musical career as well. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers as you continue your earthly journey. Remember she is smiling down on you from heaven above.

Sincerely,
Mary & Sam Porter-Price
January 10, 2013
I have loved Bobbi's singing since I discovered her first LP after its release. I broadcast Bobbi's music in a special hour long FM radio special on WRPI-FM in Troy NY (Albany area) on January 3rd (not recorded). Thank you, Bobbi Rogers!
Kevin Roberts
January 10, 2013
There was only one Bobbie Rogers. For those who loved her and there are many she will remain in are hearts forever. I am so thankful to have so many wonderful memories of are time together. My thoughts and prayers are for her devoted son Kris L Anderson who honored her wishes. Lili we could never thank you enough for all you have done. I will miss my best friend till we meet again my little songbird
Tracy (Tar) Cadrain
January 9, 2013
Keep the Angels on key, Bobbie!
Your Murphy Hi cheerleader partner.
Jere Mc Donough
January 8, 2013
Bobbi was a friend, a confidant,and a coworker. She added so much to my life. When I needed a friend the most, I was introduced to Bobbi and Anna. Through their love and support I emerged as a successful, confident person.
I loved her music, her quirkiness, her loyalty, her sense of humor.
She will always have a place in my heart.
Maureen Rabito
January 8, 2013
I am part of the long lost family of Bobbi Rogers. I had the pleasure of meeting her, just once, when i was a child. She stayed with my family and I in 1990 after the passing of my grandfather, Ralph Wagner. Bobbi was the half sister of my father, Rocky, and his many brothers. Our family recently took up roots in the Hartford area, decided to try and reconnect with Bobbi or maybe go see a show. on our first online search,we found this obituary. I am sad we waited so long, but so glad she had such a peaceful passing. Please accept the condolences of the entire Wagner family.
January 7, 2013
It was a pleasure to know you ,sweet song bird .
Ricky Alfonso
January 7, 2013
It was my pleasure to have known and worked with you and Chic. God Bless both of you!!!
Harold Zinno
January 6, 2013
Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year
January 6, 2013
Bobbi,, Rest In Peace,,,we miss you and love you,, so sorry for your passing...Charles,,,, Chick's son
Charles Cicchetti
January 6, 2013
In my 12 years of playing lead trombone in Chic's band (1993-2005), my favorite part of every night was Bobbi's vocal charts. They were a perfect marriage of song and instrumental arrangement. It was a privilege I will never forget.
Jim Fryer
January 6, 2013
RIP Bobby . I'll miss you . I'll never forget my 1st rehearsal with the band years ago and how friendly & encouraging you & Chick were . We had many great times over the years & you'll be greatly missed by me & everyone else in the band .
January 6, 2013
There are few blessings as personal as having performed with you all of those years. My thoughts are with your family. Rex
Rex Denton
January 5, 2013
An inspiration to all of us who entertain, Bobbi's inimitable style, grace and genuine warmth made her exceptional. We all join her loved ones in mourning her loss.
Jayne Manning
January 5, 2013
Bobbi, your voice delivered words of song with perfection and style, the Bobbi Rogers way. You enriched our musical lives, the musicians who worked with you and loved you. The Hartford Jazz Orchestra has lost you and Chic but we will keep your spirits alive and with us playing your music.
Dan Innaimo
January 5, 2013
Bobbi -
You will be greatly missed. To a talented, bright and charming individual with a heart of gold - godspeed.

Two of your Arch Street fans
January 5, 2013
Love you always Bobbi.
L~
January 5, 2013
Bobbi celebrating Carlos Hernández Chávez' art exhibit at the Charter Oak Cultural Center
We'll miss that incomparable, perky smile of yours. We'll miss your Monday performances at the Arch St. Tavern; it'll never be the same without your presence. Having met you has changed us in ways you can't imagine and for that we're forever grateful. We will always love you.
Carlos Hernández Chávez & Nancy L. Eastlake

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Durham - Legendary Jazz Chanteuse, Bobbi Rogers (Barbara Anderson), died peacefully at home, in the wee hours of New Year's Day, Jan 1, 2013, surrounded by her family and her music in Durham

"…a voice as soft and perfect as a peach blossom in May" ~ Rex Reed, New York Daily News

Although Bobbi was a registered nurse for 45 years, she is best known for her extraordinarily singular singing style. Three recorded albums brought rave reviews from acclaimed jazz critics such as Rex Reed, Richard Sudhalter, John Wilson and Owen McNally. Bobbi recorded with many noteworthy musicians, among them, Gene Bertoncini, Dave McKenna, and Ray and Tom Kennedy. For more than 75 years, Bobbi Rogers thrilled audiences in venues across the country and in Europe, including the famed Copacabana and Michael's Pub in Manhattan and Pat O'Brien's in New Orleans.

She performed in and for numerous clubs, auditoriums, theaters, inaugural balls, royal audiences, charity events and casinos throughout her life. She traveled with several different bands to perform with the U.S.O across the Eastern Seaboard at military installations, including, West Point and Annapolis. Bobbi Rogers and the Hartford Jazz Orchestra played regular weekly gigs at The Arch Street Tavern in Hartford, for nearly 20 years. A remarkable figure in the world of jazz, Bobbi did not sing so much as convey her music in such a way that it left audiences breathless, as if each note she sang was performed directly and solely for each individual listener.

A graduate of Murphy High School, Mobile, Ala. in 1949, Bobbi received a scholarship to Providence College of Nursing, Mobile, Ala. in 1953 and interned as a nurse at The Sister's of Charity Hospital in New Orleans, La. She received an associate's degree from Middlesex Community College in 1971, a bachelor's degree from Central Connecticut State University in 1973 and a master's degree in psychology from Central Connecticut State University in 1985. In addition to being a clinical staff nurse, a pediatric nurse, a psychiatric nurse and a medical surgical nurse, the indefatigable Bobbi was also an instructor for both the Practical Nurse Education Program and the CNA program at Middlesex Hospital, Middletown. During the 1950's, she took a short hiatus from hospital work and moved to New York City where between per diem nursing jobs, she auditioned, sang, modeled and acted for film and television. She also trained with renowned vocal coach, John Quinlan, Frank Sinatra's sole vocal coach. Bobbi seamlessly blended both professions for over four decades. When asked why she never considered giving up nursing for the stage, she replied, "I suffered from the romantic delusion that I might have a patient who was a producer and would reward my tender ministrations with a musical contract." And, did she ever meet any sick producers? "Yes," she admitted dejectedly, "But never in a hospital."

Born Barbara Anne Wagner, Jan. 24, 1931, in New London, to Mary Elizabeth (Lloyd) Wagner and Ralph Wagner, she is survived by her only son, Kristian Lloyd Anderson; two beloved granddaughters, Emily Anderson and Katrina Anderson of Durham; her future daughter-in-law and dear friend, Lili; ‘adopted kids' Tracey Cadrain and Rob Cadrain of New Britain; and many loving family members, special friends, fellow musicians and adoring fans.

Her former husband and life-long friend, Clifford "Bud" Anderson of New Britain; and her long-time companion, composer and bandleader, Charles "Chick'" Chichetti of Waterbury, predeceased Bobbi in 1999.

The much-admired jazz critic for the New York Post, Richard Sudhalter, wrote about Bobbi Rogers, "Above all, there is to her singing a strong sense of personal identity and a musical wisdom which can only be gained by having lived a while." Bobbi Rogers lived a brilliant life. We will miss you Songbird.

The family of Bobbi Rogers would like to extend their enormous gratitude to the amazing nurses, caregivers and volunteers from Middlesex Hospice and Palliative Care. Thank you for your dedication and compassion.

There will be no funereal services. A "Celebration of the Life of Bobbi Rogers" will be held in May 2013. Burial will be at the convenience of the family at Mica Hill in Durham.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to ‘The Bobbi Rogers Memorial Scholarship Fund" c/o Citizen's Bank, 376 Main St, Durham, CT 06422. Scholarship funds will be available to students interested in entering the field of nursing or the musical arts.
Published in The Day on January 5, 2013
Carlos Hernandez Chavez
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