Bob Baldwin is a multi-facetted person. He is a Jazz Artist, Radio Host, Music Presenter, Arts Advocate, Educator, and Author. He has recorded on 4 continents, from Rio De Janeiro to Johannesburg, Dubai, the UK and of course, his native grounds in New York, NY.
He has "a vision to take his gift of music to bless those less fortunate, and raise funds for organizations in need of help."
Bob is originally from Mount Vernon, N.Y. He began playing piano when he was four years old, and was taught by his father, Robert Baldwin, Sr., who was an accomplished jazz pianist and upright bassist. His Dad performed with "Keter Betts (Ella Fitzgerald’s main bassist) and Art Davis (the last bassist for the legendary John Coltrane), both Westchester residents."
In his youth, Bob would accompany his father to jam sessions near home, and had the opportunity to listen to and study the music of "the masters of the Westchester region."
Later, Bob was influenced musically by a number of artists, "strongly by Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Patrice Rushen, Chick Corea, EWF, Joe Sample, Ramsey Lewis, Miles Davis, and George Duke." His style is "a by-product of these artists." The influence of these artists had "a profound impact on Baldwin’s musical journey. Even after studying accounting, business and broadcasting in college, he never strayed far from his first love."
During the 80's, Bob performed with a who's who of talent, including Roy Ayers, Gerald Albright Dean James, Jeff Kashiwa, Dave Mann, Chieli Minucci, Phil Perry, Jocelyn Brown, Kim Waters, Will Downing, Marion Meadows, Najee, the late Grover Washington, Jr., and Noel Pointer, Tito Puente alumni Ray Vega, and Brazilian Percussion Cafe' Da Silva.
In 1986, he and Al Orlo formed The Baldwin/Orlo Project. Notably, the group "performed at the legendary Bottom Line in New York City, leading to his first production with trumpeter Tom Browne. This opportunity led to his first album and eventually to his two-album deal with Atlantic Jazz Records."
In 1989, Bob released his first CD, "A Long Way To Go" with The Dream Featuring Bob Baldwin. During the same year, he met "the legendary Herbie Hancock at a Sony Innovators ceremony in Beverly Hills". "As one of his childhood idols, the meeting with Hancock inspired him during his own formative years, and even today."
In the 90's, Bob performed with the likes of drummers Poogie Bell and Lenny White. Marion Meadows, Tom Browne, James Robinson, Noel Pointer, Freddy V (Average White Band) and numerous other musicians. Before Atlantic Jazz Records ceased doing business in 1994, Bob recorded "Rejoice (1990), and "Reflections of Love" (1992). A third album was recorded but never released, "State of Mind" (1994).
Bob likes to think creatively, and in the case of his first independent release in 1996, "City Sketches," a "commemorative celebration of Atlanta's unique history, during the 1996 Olympics, he proved this. Bob privately released the disc, through the Internet. The compilation of songs is a musical portrait of the city of Atlanta, Ga. The album was released on his own, City Sketches, Inc.™ label.