Bob Baldwin (musician)

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Bob Baldwin
Birth nameRobert Baldwin, Jr.
Born(1960-12-09) December 9, 1960 (age 52)
Mount Vernon, New York
GenresJazz
OccupationsComposer, pianist, record producer, musical arranger
InstrumentsPiano
Years active1989-present
LabelsAtlantic Jazz, 215 Records, Shanachie Records, Malaco Records, CSI, Narada Productions, Nu Groove Records, Peak Records, Trippin' N' Rhythm Records
WebsiteBobBaldwin.com
 
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Bob Baldwin
Birth nameRobert Baldwin, Jr.
Born(1960-12-09) December 9, 1960 (age 52)
Mount Vernon, New York
GenresJazz
OccupationsComposer, pianist, record producer, musical arranger
InstrumentsPiano
Years active1989-present
LabelsAtlantic Jazz, 215 Records, Shanachie Records, Malaco Records, CSI, Narada Productions, Nu Groove Records, Peak Records, Trippin' N' Rhythm Records
WebsiteBobBaldwin.com

Bob Baldwin is a New York-born contemporary jazz pianist, music composer, author, and producer, who learned how to play directly from his father, Robert (Bob) Baldwin, Sr. During three decades in the entertainment industry, Baldwin has earned four SESAC Music awards,[1] initially for his 2002-2003 airplay of "The Way She Looked At Me," followed by one for his 2008 airplay on NewUrbanJazz.com, one in 2010 for his Never Can Say Goodbye: A Tribute to Michael Jackson, and one in 2011 for NewUrbanJazz.com2 / Re-Vibe. He also was awarded the Sony Innovators Award in 1989 selected by Roberta Flack.[2]

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Career

Radio

Prior to launching his music career, Baldwin's began his radio career in 1979 when he spun records for the Geneva College station, WGEV, and secured an internship at Inner City Broadcasting (WLIB/WBLS) where he learned news reporting under the tutelage of Pat Prescott. In 1984, he briefly covered the Jesse Jackson Presidential campaign briefly for WVIP in Mt. Kisco, NY, and programmed smooth jazz at WJSJ (Jacksonville, Fl.) KJAZ in Bermuda, and WCLK and WJZZ (Atlanta, Ga.). Baldwin launched his program "The NewUrbanJazz Lounge" in 2008, which was birthed due to the closure of CD101.9.[3]

Music

In 1986, Baldwin opened up for Trumpeter Tom Browne at NY's Bottom Line and began to work with Browne on his disc No Longer I, a Gospel-Jazz offering in 1987. His work caught the ear of Danny Weiss and Dave Wilkes, and they produced Baldwin's first disc, I've Got a Long Way To Go together on Malaco Records in 1988. The project was submitted to the Sony Innovators Award[2] in 1989 and won first place over the group Straight Ahead. Roberta Flack was the finalist judge.

That award caught the attention of Sylvia Rhone, and he the produced 2 discs for Atlantic Jazz in 1990 and 1992 (Rejoice and Reflections of Love). Reflections charted top-20 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts.

Baldwin has garnered seven charted jazz albums, including Brazil Chill (2004) and Standing Tall (2002).[4]

In 2012, he wrote "You Better Ask Somebody," which speaks about his over twenty-five years of experience in the music business.

Other Work

In 1997, Baldwin founded City Sketches, Inc., which is a music event planning company. He has worked with city municipalities in an effort to improve locally produced jazz shows and venues. He has done shows in conjunction with the cities of Greenburgh, NY, White Plains, NY, Asbury Park, NJ, Riviera Beach, Fl., and Mount Vernon, NY, to name a few. He has also worked for the ArtsWestchester Arts Council in White Plains, NY

In 2006, Bob signed on with Baldwin Piano (owned by Gibson Guitar Corp.) as an endorser.[5]

In the momentous The Jazz of the City Atlanta portrait taken by Art Kane in April 2007, Baldwin stands tall—at the height of the stairs of the Atlanta City Hall Atrium—with over 100 fellow jazz musicians surrounding Mayor Shirley Franklin.

Discography

YearAlbumLabel
2012Betcha By Golly Wow / The Music of Thom BellPeak Records
2011NewUrbanJazz.com2: Re-VibeTrippin' N' Rhythm Records
2010Never Can Say Goodbye: A Tribute to Michael JacksonTrippin' N' Rhythm Records
2009Lookin' BackCSI
2008NewUrbanJazz.comNu Groove Records
2007Bob Baldwin - "Memoirs From The Hudson"Nu Groove Records
2005All In A Day's WorkCSI
2004Brazil ChillCSI
2002Standing TallNarada
2002Bob Baldwin Presents the American SpiritShanachie
2000BobBaldwin.comCSI
1997Cool BreezeShanachie
1996Welcome to The GamesCSI
1992Reflections of LoveAtlantic Jazz
1990RejoiceAtlantic Jazz
1989I've Got A Long Way to Go/The DreamMalaco Records

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