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Bob James

The career of Bob James is long, varied and continues to evolve at every turn. From his first days in Marshall, Missouri, the music of Bob James has captivated audiences throughout the world.

Discovered by Quincy Jones at the Notre Dame Jazz Festival in 1963, James recorded his first solo album, Bold Conceptions, that year for Mercury Records. 58 albums and innumerable awards would follow through five decades. He honed his skills working with Creed Taylor, working on albums for artists like Hank Crawford, Grover Washington, Jr, among others. While with CTI, James found great popular success overseeing significant hits for Paul Simon, Neil Diamond, Maynard Ferguson, and Kenny Loggins.

In 1974, James finally recorded his own album, One, which launched a lifelong career of recording and performing live. After three more albums, James began his own label, Tappan Zee Records. This allowed James to spend more time in the studio, focusing on his own creative works. It was during this time that he recorded his own gold seller, Touchdown, which included his composition, “Angela”, the instrumental theme from the sitcom ‘Taxi’, and possibly James’ best know work. Bob composed all the original music used in that television series for its entire run. One On One, the first in three collaborations with Earl Klugh, was awarded a Grammy in 1980 for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, and has sold over a million copies. During this time, James set the standard for the smooth jazz sound in the late 1970s.

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Upcoming Shows

Date Detail Price
Feb24Sun
Bob James
The Kent Stage
Kent, OH
Apr12Fri
Bob James Trio
Jazz Forum
Tarrytown, NY
Apr12Fri
Bob James Trio
Jazz Forum
Tarrytown, NY
Apr13Sat
Bob James Trio
Jazz Forum
Tarrytown, NY
Apr13Sat
Bob James Trio
Jazz Forum
Tarrytown, NY

Discography

Espresso

Espresso

Evosound
2018

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Expresso

Expresso

Evosound
2018

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Altair & Vega

Altair & Vega

E OneEntertainment
2012

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Explosions

Explosions

ESP Disk
2009

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