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Fourplay - 93% match to Bob James

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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A group which has earned consistent critical praise for its blend of pop and contemporary jazz, Fourplay was formed by Bob James (25 December 1939, Marshall, Missouri, USA; keyboards), Lee Ritenour (b. 1 November 1953, Los Angeles, California, USA; guitar), Nathan East (bass) and Harvey Mason (b. 22 February 1947, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA; drums). Since forming in the Read more

Earl Klugh - 84% match to Bob James

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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16 September 1953, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Jazz guitarist Klugh has an unorthodox style in that when he sits down he rests the guitar on his right knee instead of the left. After studying piano and nylon string guitar as a child, Klugh settled on the latter instrument. While still in his mid-teens he recorded with Yusef Lateef and George Benson, with whom he also toured. He Read more

Jeff Lorber - 72% match to Bob James

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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4 November 1952, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. A pioneer of the smooth jazz/New Adult Contemporary format, keyboard player Lorber’s compositions are characterized by syncopated, chromatic melody and modal writing and a seamless fusion of electric jazz, rock, R&B and funk styles. Lorber started playing the piano when he was four and played in local R&B bands w Read more

Chuck Loeb - 67% match to Bob James

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Charles Samuel Loeb, 12 July 1955, Suffern, New York, USA. Raised in Nyack, New York, Loeb began playing guitar at the age of 11. He played in various local bands until going to the Berklee College Of Music. After leaving Berklee in 1976 he toured with Chico Hamilton, Hubert Laws and Ray Barretto, making his breakthrough in 1979 when he joined Stan Getz. He stayed with Getz Read more

David Sanborn - 66% match to Bob James

Genres: Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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30 July 1945, Tampa, Florida, USA. Sanborn’s virtuosity has now spanned four decades, taking him from being a band member (with the seminal Paul Butterfield) to a leading session player for artists such as David Bowie, James Taylor and Stevie Wonder. His is the alto saxophone solo on Bowie’s ‘Young Americans’. He grew up in St. Louis and played with some Read more

Joe Sample - 65% match to Bob James

Genres: Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Joseph Leslie Sample, 1 February 1939, Houston, Texas, USA. While still at high school, Sample co-founded a group that would dominate his working life. Known from 1960 as the Jazz Crusaders, the band, with its core of Sample on piano, Wayne Henderson, Wilton Felder and Nesbert ‘Stix’ Hooper, produced a series of popular albums that helped to define the term ‘s Read more

Norman Brown - 65% match to Bob James

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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18 December 1970, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Brown played guitar from around the age of eight, initially taking his cue from contemporary pop artists. By chance he heard Wes Montgomery on record and this redirected his interest towards jazz. Moving to Los Angeles, he studied at the Musician’s Institute, a move that led to his developing a thorough foundation for his ca Read more

Gerald Albright - 64% match to Bob James

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lee Ritenour - 64% match to Bob James

Genres: Classical Jazz Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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David Benoit - 63% match to Bob James

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Bakersfield, California, USA. Benoit gained an early appreciation of music from his parents, who played guitar and piano. He began piano lessons at the age of 14, by which time he was steeped in the influences of both Ramsey Lewis and Henry Mancini. Following his musical studies at El Camino College, he met with composer Richard Baskin and played piano on the movie soundtra Read more

Spyro Gyra - 62% match to Bob James

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in 1975 by saxophonist Jay Beckenstein (14 May 1951, New York City, New York, USA) and pianist Jeremy Wall, the original Spyro Gyra comprised Chet Catallo (electric guitar), David Wolford (electric bass), Eli Konikoff (drums), and Gerardo Velez (percussion). After a modest start in Buffalo, New York, and an album on a small independent label, Beckenstein’s hard w Read more

Jeff Golub - 61% match to Bob James

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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15 April 1955, Akron, Ohio, USA. Golub was already an accomplished guitarist when he attended Boston’s Berklee College Of Music. At the end of the 70s he settled in New York City where he was invited to join Billy Squier’s band. In addition to appearing on several albums, this engagement also resulted in three world tours. Aside from his work with Squier, Golub was Read more

Rick Braun - 60% match to Bob James

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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6 July 1955, Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA. A busy session musician and producer, trumpeter/flügelhornist Braun has mapped out a diverse musical career. While studying at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester he formed the fusion band Auracle, which released two late 70s albums recorded with Miles Davis’ producer Teo Macero. In the early 80s, Braun released a pop Read more

Boney James - 57% match to Bob James

Genres: Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Latin
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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James Oppenheim, 1 September 1961, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA. Raised in New Rochelle, New York, Boney James played clarinet at school, then the tenor saxophone and later the alto and soprano. His early musical tastes leaned towards contemporary pop, fusion and rock, including Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind And Fire and Grover Washington Jnr. His family moved to Los Angeles in 1 Read more

Richard Elliot - 57% match to Bob James

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Glasgow, Scotland, but raised in Los Angeles, California, USA. It was perhaps inevitable, for a musician growing up in the 60s and early 70s, that Elliot’s early taste would range through Motown Records and rock. However, he was also indelibly impressed by R&B. As a tenor saxophonist he found much that appealed to him in this form but he was also aware of jazz, in p Read more

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