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Bob James Photo: John Robert Williams

Bob James Photo: John Robert Williams

Bob James (US) – piano
Perry Hughes (US) – guitar
Carlitos Del Puerto (CU/US) – bass
Bill Kilson (US) – drums

Bob James, the master of smooth jazz, will be performing at the festival with his quartet.

The American pianist, composer and arranger has a solo career stretching back to the 1960s. He was discovered by Quincy Jones at the Notre Dame Jazz Festival in 1963, the same year he recorded his first solo album, Bold Conceptions. Over the past five decades, he has recorded over 50 albums and won numerous awards, including two Grammys.

In the 1970s, he recorded the album, Touchdown, which included his composition, Angela, the instrumental theme from the sitcom, Taxi, and possibly Bob James’s best known work. One on One, the first of three collaborations with Earl Klugh, won a Grammy in 1980 and sold over one million copies. Bob James has been a member of the quartet, Fourplay, with Nathan East, Chuck Loeb and Harvey Mason, since 1991.

Although Bob James is recognised as one of the original founders of smooth jazz, his music can often be heard reworked in hip-hop. Two of his songs from the 1970s, Nautilus and Take Me to the Mardi Gras, are among the most sampled in hip-hop history.

 

 

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