Born: December 28, 1934 Primary Instrument: Bass
Bob Cunningham is referred to as a Master Bassist, and is well deserving of that title due to his illustrious career in Music as an Acoustic Bassist, Composer, and Bandleader. Bob is a musician’s musician, well known and highly respected by his peers. Bob has toured and recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Freddie Hubbard, Art Blakely, Junior Mance, Ken McIntyre, and Frank Townsend, an A list that continues into infinity.
With the Yusef Lateef Quartet Bob and his Bass have toured North and South America, Africa, The Caribbean and extensively throughout Europe. Bob packed his tuxedo with only a weeks notice and took his Trio to Astana, in the Republic of Kazakhstan!
New Yorkers know they don’t have to go very far to find Bob, up in a Harlem or down on Broadway…in Brooklyn or Monday's at The Union - Local 802- The Jazz Foundation Jam-session- he holds the bass chair!
A main attraction during the summer concerts on Jazz Mobile and in the park's. Bob has played in almost every club in New York including the Lenox Lounge - Zebra Room, St. Nicks Pub, 55 Bar & The Garage, Sweet Rhythms, in Greenwich Village. The title song “Walkin’ Bass is really very similar to how you see Bob as he goes about town with his Lady Bass.
On Bob's CD Walkin' Bass you are privy to one of Bob’s favorite musical collaborations with his dear friend Bross Townsend. Bross was an extraordinary pianist, who clearly demonstrates the high quality of his performance throughout this album. “Walkin’ Bass” was a labor of love, you can feel the vibes between the musicians, all excellent in their own right. Best of all you can tell they had fun, listen... you will too!