Pianist-keyboardist Bob Ravenscroft is an accomplished jazz musician, composer, recording artist, and teacher. Most of Bob's recording activities have been in jazz trio and solo piano formats. Recently, he is concentrating his recording activities on the solo piano idiom and the group Inner Journeys. Both settings explore his love of free composition modalities.
His newest venture in recording and performance has been in the presentation of LoveSong concerts which mix his reading of standard jazz lyrics and other related poetry with both straight-ahead and freestyle solo piano renderings.
An able and avid teacher, Bob has served on several university jazz studies faculties over the years. Additionally, he toured for a decade with the Christian ministry Majesty. In 2004 Bob founded Music Serving The Word Ministries (MSW) where he continues to create - and encourage - others to discover new and innovative ways for music to transcend mere performance and truly serve the living Word. John 1:1
Bob also records devotionals for MSW that combine music with readings from the works of leading Christian authors and biblical scholars in a program entitled “Morning Glories.” Incidentally, Bob shares his heart for ministry with ancestor Thomas Ravenscroft who composed The Whole Book of Psalms in 1621.
An essential audio devotional series entitled Discover the Lectionary is a recent project with Richard Parrish, Director of Spiritual Care for MSW Ministries
Master improvisational pianist Bob Ravenscroft has been a vital force in the Valley’s jazz community for
decades — as an inspirational educator, consummate musician and generous philanthropist. Bob has
concentrated much of his creative juice on free jazz and his unique brand of spiritual-based music for many
years, and will continue in his brilliant interpretation of songs from the Great American Song Book, original
compositions, and the magnificent works associated with iconic jazz pianist Bill Evans.
— Joel Robbins, The Nash, Phoenix, AZ