Born: October 4, 1964 Primary Instrument: Bass
Robert L. Hurst III, also known as Bob Hurst, is a highly respected and well recognized composer, bassist, educator, recording artist, and business man. His cultivation into a membership of talented musicians from around the world was fostered by lengthy tours and Grammy Award winning recordings featuring: Charles Lloyd, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Dave Brubeck, Harry Connick Jr., Terrence Blanchard, Tony Williams, Nicholas Payton, Sting, Carl Allen, the legendary Pharaoh Sanders, Chris Botti and Diana Krall.
Over the years, Robert Hurst has won four Emmy Awards, five Grammy Awards, performed on several RIAA- Gold recordings, and has received Top Ten and Five Star recognition around the Globe. During his musical career, Robert has also enjoyed directing, arranging, and composing for “The Tonight Show”, with Jay Leno, on NBC, for nearly a decade.
Robert Hurst has scored original music for several films: The Wood- MTV/ Paramount Productions, Brown Sugar- Fox Films, has performed music for: Ocean’s Eleven,Ocean’s Twelve, Ocean’s Thirteen, and Good Night, and Good Luck the soundtrack, featuring Dianne Reeves, on Concord Records (A 2006 Grammy Awardee- Jazz Vocal). His recent recordings with Kenny Garrett and Diana Krall have each been nominated for a 2007 Grammy.
Professor Hurst has been involved with the Education of Jazz and Jazz History from a very young age. During the 1980’s, Robert Hurst was awarded a Presidential Scholarship from President Ronald Reagan. Robert will continue to mold the future with his recent appointment as Associate Professor at The University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre, & Dance (Ann Arbor), and exercise his artistic influence as a Board of Director for the John Coltrane Foundation.
Robert has conducted several Master Classes for institutions of higher learning including: The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz at USC, The Dave Brubeck Institute, Juilliard School of Music, California State University- Northridge, CA, and the Stanford Jazz Workshop & Festival.
Unrehurst Vol.1, which was truly unrehearsed and Family Album Vol. 1 (Bebob Records) a sophisticated jazz and multi-cultural vocal and instrumental collection of childhood melodies, are recent releases of Robert Hurst’s catalog and can be sampled at www.bebobmusic.com.
Robert Hurst and his Family maintain residences in the New York and Los Angeles areas.