Bob Baldwin (musician)

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Bob Baldwin
Birth name Robert Baldwin, Jr.
Born (1960-12-09) December 9, 1960 (age 53)
Mount Vernon, New York
Genres Jazz
Occupations Composer, pianist, record producer, musical arranger
Instruments Piano
Years active 1989-present
Labels Atlantic Jazz, 215 Records, Shanachie Records, Malaco Records, CSI, Narada Productions, Nu Groove Records, Peak Records, Trippin' N' Rhythm Records
Website BobBaldwin.com

Bob Baldwin is a New York-born contemporary jazz pianist, music composer, author, and producer, who learned music from his father, Robert (Bob) Baldwin, Sr. Baldwin's career started in 1983, and 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]

Career[edit]

Radio[edit]

Prior to launching his music career, Baldwin's began his radio career in 1979 when he broadcast as a student jock for the Geneva College station, WGEV. In 1981, he 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 in Westchester County for WVIP in Mt. Kisco, NY, and programmed smooth jazz at WJSJ (Jacksonville, Fl.) KJAZ in Bermuda, and WCLK and WJZZ (Atlanta, Ga.) before launching NewUrbanJazz in 2008.

The NewUrbanJazz Radio Program[edit]

In 2008, Baldwin launched The NewUrbanJazz radio network, which currently airs on the PBS radio network through the Public Radio Satellite System. NewUrbanJazz is a fusion of contemporary Jazz, fused with Urban and Brazilian flavors.

Baldwin birthed NewUrbanJazz following the closure of CD101.9.[3]

Music[edit]

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. Danny Weiss, the President for Malaco Jazz, co-produced Baldwin's first disc, I've Got a Long Way To Go together on Malaco Records in 1988 along with David Wilkes. 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 led to his artist signing to Atlantic Jazz, then presided by Sylvia Rhone. He produced 2 discs for in 1990 and 1992 (Rejoice and Reflections of Love). Reflections charted top-20 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts.

Since 2000, Baldwin has charted other solo recordings for the Billboard Jazz top-20 charts, including "BobBaldwin.com" (2000), Brazil Chill (2004), Standing Tall (2002), "NewUrbanJazz.com" (2008), "Never Can Say Goodbye", a Tribute to Michael Jackson (2010) [4]

His recordings include features from Chuck Loeb, Marion Meadows, Phil Perry, Kim Waters, Will Downing, Chieli Minucci, Eric Essix, Joey Sommerville, Ragan Whiteside, Dennis Johnson, Grover Washington, Jr., Najee, and Dean James. He's played or produced on records recorded by; Rhonda Smith, the aforementioned Joey Sommerville, Pieces of a Dream, Freddie Jackson, the aforementioned Washington, Jr., Howard Hewitt, The Four Tops, Melba Moore, Rohn Lawrence, Regina Carter, Tene Williams, Whistle, Tom Browne, John Dukich, and Michael Urbianiak.

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

Other Work[edit]

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 Curated the NewUrbanJazz Music Series for Arts Westchester, an Arts Council based out of 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[edit]

Year Album Label Billboard Chart Activity
2013 Twenty CSI
2012 Never Out of Season (Gospel-Jazz) CSI
2012 The Gift of Christmas (Holiday) CSI
2012 Betcha By Golly Wow / The Music of Thom Bell Peak Records [[Peaked#11 on Billboard Jazz]]
2011 NewUrbanJazz.com2: Re-Vibe Trippin' N' Rhythm Records [[Peaked#9 on Billboard Jazz]]
2010 Never Can Say Goodbye: A Tribute to Michael Jackson Trippin' N' Rhythm Records [[Peaked#14 on Billboard Jazz]]
2009 Lookin' Back CSI
2008 NewUrbanJazz.com Nu Groove Records [[Peaked#15 on Billboard Jazz]]
2007 Bob Baldwin - "Memoirs From The Hudson" DVD Nu Groove Records
2007 The Sanctioned Bootleg CSI
2005 All In A Day's Work CSI [[Peaked#14 on Billboard Jazz]]
2004 Brazil Chill CSI [[Peaked#13 on Billboard Jazz]]
2002 Standing Tall Narada [[Peaked#12 on Billboard Jazz]]
2002 Bob Baldwin Presents the American Spirit Shanachie
2000 BobBaldwin.com CSI [[Peaked#16 on Billboard Jazz]]
2000 For You (UK Release) Expansion Records
1997 Cool Breeze Shanachie
1996 Welcome to The Games CSI
1993 State of Mind CSI
1992 Reflections of Love Atlantic Jazz
1990 Rejoice Atlantic Jazz
1989 A Long Way to Go/The Dream Malaco Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Search Results for "Bob Baldwin"". SESAC. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Sony Innovators". Ebony. November 1989. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "NewUrbanJazz Lounge". Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Bob Baldwin Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Baldwin Piano Welcomes Grammy Nominated Pianist Bob Baldwin to Family of Endorsees". Nashville: Gibson Guitar Corp. 12 October 2006. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 

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