Born on March 22, 1952 in Boston, Massachusetts, Bob Mover started playing the saxophone at age 13. Two years later, Phil Woods heard him in a high school All Star band in Miami, Florida and gave Bob a scholarship to study under him that summer in New Hope, Pennsylvania at Ramblerny Camp for the Performing Arts.
While still in high school, Bob sat in with such luminaries as Roy Eldridge, Wynton Kelly, Zoot Sims, Kenny Dorham, James Moody, Jimmy Rushing, Anita O'Day, Richie Kamuca, Charles Davis, Chubby Jackson and others. Also, at that time, Bob was inspired by his musical friendships with mentors such as Ira Sullivan, Lee Konitz, Jaki Byard and Sonny Rollins as well as contemporaries among them - Brecker, Scofield, Bill Pierce, Duffy Jackson, Mraz... and the late Jaco Pastorius, James Williams and Bob Berg.
Before the age of twenty--guest soloist with the University of Miami Jazz Ensemble (under the direction of Jerry Coker) At the age of 17 performed at the Village Gate in N.Y.C. and in concert at Harvard University with Jaki Byard.
At the age of 21, Mover joined Charles Mingus for a stay of five months at the Five Spot in New York City. He then joined Chet Baker's group for 9 months before leaving for Brazil in 1974. During his six months stay, he worked with samba legends Johnny Alf (the father of Bossa Nova) and Lucio Alves.
Upon his return to New York City in 1975, he rejoined Baker. They worked regularly in New York City clubs, as well as performing at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and touring the mid-west and California. In the summer of that year, he made his first European appearances with Chet Baker at La Grande Parade du Jazz (Nice, France), Jazz Festival Laren (Holland) and the Middleheim Jazz Festival (Antwerp, Belgium), where they played opposite Sarah Vaughan. This concert was filmed for European television and a review appeared in the Belgian press, which described Mover as a 23 year old revelation.