Bob Baldwin

Bob Baldwin

 Mount Vernon, New York, USA
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International Recording Artist Bob Baldwin has recorded music on four continents, including the country of Brazil, which is the locale of his upcoming latest recording, "The Brazilian-American Soundtrack". He has had 10 CD's land in the Billboard top 20 Jazz since 2000.

Biography

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2017 Campaign...

Baldwin rolls out 22nd and 23rd discs in 2016 with his "The Brazilian-American Soundtrack" and "The Gift of Christmas", with music recorded in Brazil and the United States....In 2017, look for remixes of some of his past recordings leading up to his 30th year Anniversary as a solo artist. Also, look fore more produced projects of various instrumentalists and vocalists in 2017.

Bio (by A. Scott Galloway)


Across a career for which a two decade milestone was achieved in 2013 with his twentieth CD Twenty, Bob Baldwin has proven to be one of the most ubiquitous and ingenious chameleons of Contemporary Jazz - both in his own projects and those he has endeavored upon for others. Recently, he has twice honored the canons of giants: Never Can Say Goodbye: A Tribute to Michael Jackson (2010) and Betcha By Golly Wow: The Songs of Thom Bell (2012).

For 2015, Baldwin turns to the sprawling catalog of Stevie Wonder one of his finest projects ever: MelloWonder: Songs in the Key of Stevie – an unprecedented one-from-the-heart that has taken him two years to lovingly assemble.

MelloWonder is 14 songs -12 covers and two originals – primarily featuring Baldwin on a battery of ivories, keyboards and synthesizers along with special guests that include saxophonists Ryan Kilgore (currently a member of Stevie’s Wonderlove band) and Najee, and flautist Regan Whiteside. Highlights include “Creepin’,” “Lately,”  “Love’s Light in Flight,” “You and I” and “Rocket Love.”

In addition to his work as a musician, Bob Baldwin hosts a nationally syndicated weekly radio show ('The NewUrbanJazz Lounge' broadcast across the African American Public Radio Service and the Internet) and author of the music biz E-book:  “You Better Ask Somebody (Staying On Top of Your Career in the ‘Friggin’ Music Business)” (2011).

Bob Baldwin [born Robert Garfield Baldwin, Jr. in Mt. Vernon, New York] is a jazz artist, composer, keyboardist, producer, arranger, radio host and author.  His father, Robert Garfield Baldwin Sr. who recorded one solo LP under his leadership, played piano with bassists Keter Betts and Art Davis. Bob’s cousin is renowned pianist Larry Willis so he clearly stems from musical excellence.

Bob began being taught piano by his father at age 4. His musical influences include Herbie Hancock, Patrice Rushen, Chick Corea, Earth Wind & Fire, Ramsey Lewis, Stevie Wonder and the late, greats Joe Sample, Miles Davis and George Duke. In 1986, he formed The Bob Baldwin/Al Orlo Project in New Rochelle, NY, performing at the legendary club the Bottom Line in New York City, opening up for Tom Browne of “Funkin’ for Jamaica” fame, and this led to his first production effort with trumpeter Tom Browne on a gospel-jazz offering entitled “No Longer I”.

In addition to plum sideman work complimenting the likes of singers Phil Perry and Will Downing, and the late, legendary instrumentalists Grover Washington, Jr. and Noel Pointer, The Dream Featuring Bob Baldwin released a concept project in 1988, prophetically titled I've Got a Long Way to Go on Malaco Jazz, and that led to Bob meeting his heroes Roberta Flack and Herbie Hancock at a Sony Innovators ceremony in Beverly Hills. Bob was selected by the aforementioned Flack from over 300 applicants and that led to an eventual signing by then President Sylvia Rhone to the Atlantic Jazz label. He released  from the exposure recording Rejoice (1990) and Reflections of Love (1992) featuring Lenny White, Will Downing, Marion Meadows, and James Robinson, among others. A third album for Atlantic Jazz, State of Mind was recorded in 1994 but never released due to the shuttering of the label. “I remember that day like it was yesterday, sitting in the office talking to the suits on Dec 1, 1992, watching the Christmas tree outside the Atlantic office window, being lifted up at the Rockefeller Center in New York, getting the bad news about the label. That’s when I really started my track about recording independently.”

Humanitarian Note: Baldwin was the Curator of the NewUrbanJazz @ the Arts Exchange in White Plains, NY. Collaborating with ArtsWestchester and the White Plains Youth Bureau, Baldwin presented a workshop that would prepare young people for a career in music. In 2010, his Jazz for Haiti program raised over $60,000.00 for the American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey. And in 2013 he produced the benefit concert "Music for Dave" to assist Latin Jazz legend and stroke victim, flutist Dave Valentin, with funding for his ongoing treatment and rehabilitation.

Discography

BOB BALDWIN DISCOGRAPHY (AS SOLO ARTIST)

Full discography here

2016 - The Gift of Christmas (Full CD) (Coming out Nov., 2016)

2016 - The Brazilian-American Soundtrack

2015 - Mellowonder/Songs in the Key of Stevie

2013 - Twenty

2013 - A Christmas Gift (Holiday)


2013 - Never Out of Season (Gospel - Jazz)

2012 - Betcha by Golly Wow: The Songs of Thom Bell

2011 - Re - Vibe

2010 - Never Can Say Goodbye: A Tribute to Michael Jackson

2009 - Looking’ Back (Greatest Hits)

2008 - NewUrbanJazz.com

2007 - The Sanctioned Bootleg Vol. 1 (Live)

2005 - All in A Day’s Work

2004 - Brazil Chill

2002 - Standing Tall

2002 - The American Spirit: A Smooth Jazz Celebration

2000 - BobBaldwin.com

1997 - Cool Breeze

1996 - Welcome to The Games

1992 - Reflections of Love


1990 - Rejoice

1988 - Long Way To Go


AS SIDEMAN, PRODUCER OR ARRANGER

(Year / Album / Artist /  

2014   Lip Service Richard Elliot 

Arranger, Composer, Keyboards


2014   Quantum Drive  Ragan Whiteside  

Producer, Composer, Drum Programming, Featured Artist, Keyboards, Piano, Soloist, Vocals (Background)


2013   Cover Story: Smooth Jazz Plays Your Favorite

Bass, Drums, Featured Artist, Keyboards, Piano, Producer


2013   Crossing Over Kim Scott

Composer


2013   Whisper Marion Meadows

Producer, Composer, Engineer, Keyboards


2012   Down in Brazil John Dukich

Producer, Mixing, Keyboards, String Arrangements, Piano, Vocals (Background)


2012   Evolve Ragan Whiteside

Composer, Featured Artist


2012   The Funky Joint Paul Brown

Composer, Keyboards


2011   A Smooth Jazz Holiday

Composer, Primary Artist


2011   Live at the X! Dennis Bell Jazz NY / Lynette Washington

Master of Ceremonies


2011   The Complete Columbia Albums Collection Grover Washington

Arranger, Composer, Drum Programming, Keyboard Programming, MIDI Programming, Producer


2010   Luxury Soul Composer, Primary Artist, Producer


2008   Easier Than It Looks Freddy V.

Arranger, Audio Production, Keyboards


2008   Grooves for the Season Holiday Sampler [Circuit City Exclusive] Primary Artist


2008   Grooves from the Edge 


2006   Luxury Soul 2006

Primary Artist


2006   Smooth Urban Grooves Soul Providers

Member of Attributed Artist, Keyboards, Bass (Electric), Drums, Percussion


2006   Strength Gil Parris

Main Personnel, Keyboards, Featured Artist


2006   Sweet & Sexy: Best of New Urban Primary Artist


2005   Love Pages Cafe Soul All Stars

Producer, Keyboards, Track Programmer


2005   Narada Jazz: The Singles Composer, 

Primary Artist


2004   Guitar, Saxes and More

Primary Artist


2004   Intellipop Rhonda Smith

Producer, Keyboards, Drum Programming


2004   It's Your Move Freddie Jackson

Producer, Mixing, Keyboards, Vocals (Background), Vocal Arrangement


2004   Jazziz: What In The World, Vol. 4

Primary Artist


2004   Smooth Jazz And R&B Scenes

Keyboards, Programming, Vocals (Background)


2004   Trios Grover Washington

Producer, Arranger, Keyboards, Drums, Drum Programming, Composer


2004   Wave Music, Vol. 6

Composer, Primary Artist


Full discography here

Set List

Not in order (All tracks recorded by Bob Baldwin)

Chameleon (Parts 1 & 2) (Herbie Hancock)

Butterfly (Herbie Hancock)

People Make The World Go Round (Stylistics classic)

The Way She Looked at Me (Original)

Welcome to Planet Funky Onion (Original)

Ukuphila (South African Original)

Cafezinho (Brazilian Original)