|Birth name||James Robert Belden|
October 31, 1956 |
Charleston, South Carolina, United States
|Died||May 20, 2015
Lenox Hill Hospital, Manhattan, United States
|Occupation(s)||Multi-instrumentalist, composer, band leader|
James Robert "Bob" Belden (October 31, 1956 – May 20, 2015) was an American saxophonist, arranger, composer, bandleader and producer. He may be best-known for his Grammy Award winning jazz orchestral recording, "The Black Dahlia".
Belden was born in Evanston, Illinois, and raised in South Carolina. He studied saxophone and later attended the University of North Texas. In 2008, he arranged and produced Miles from India, a world fusion music record, based on the compositions of Miles Davis. In the record, he assembled alumni of Davis and musicians of India.
In addition to his work as arranger, composer, conductor and A & R director, Belden contributed numerous liner notes for noted recordings, such as "Lou's Blues" by Lou Marini and the Magic City Jazz Orchestra. Some of his liner notes have received Grammy Awards.
Earlier 2015, Belden became the first American musician in 35 years to bring a band from USA to Iran to perform.
Discography (in selection)
- 1990: La Cigale (Sunnyside Records)
- 1990: Treasure Island album review (Sunnyside Records)
- 1991: Straight To My Heart: The Music Of Sting (Blue Note), The Bob Belden Ensemble
- 1994: When The Doves Cry: The Music Of Prince (Metro Blue)
- 1996: Shades of Blue (Blue Note)
- 1996: Bob Beldon Presents Strawberry Fields (Blue Note)
- 1997: Tapestry - The Blue Note Cover Series (Blue Note)
- 2001: Black Dahlia (Blue Note)
- 2006: Three Days Of Rain (Sunnyside Records)
- With Animation
- 2011: Agemo (RareNoise Records)
- 2011: Asiento (RareNoise Records)
- 2012: Trasparent Heart (RareNoise Records)
- With New York City Horns
- With Paquito D'Rivera conducted by Bob Belden
- With Tim Hagans
References and sources
- Bob Belden at All About Jazz
- Bob Belden profile, BlueNote.com; accessed May 20, 2015.
- Article on "Miles From India", cbc.ca; accessed May 20, 2015.
- "Belden, Bob (James Robert Belden)". Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians (Jazz.com).
- "Jazz Lives Thanks to Veteran Reissue Producers". Billboard 113 (27): 68. July 7, 2001.
- Tamarkin. "Bringing Cultures Together in Pice". Retrieved 2015-05-24.
- Stutz, Colin (May 20, 2015). "Bob Belden, Jazz Saxophonist & Renaissance Man, Dead at 58". Billboard. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
- Gans, Charles J. (May 20, 2015). "Noted jazz saxophonist Bob Belden dies in NYC at age 58". Sun Herald. Associated Press. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
- "Bob Belden". Discography. Retrieved 2015-05-24.
- Bob Belden interview, mixonline.com
- Bob Belden biodata, vh1.com
- Bob Belden biodata, music.aol.com
- Bob Belden interview, Columbiarecords.com
- Review of the Black Dahlia recording, AllAboutJazz.com
- "Lou's Blues", allaboutjazz.com
- Review of Animation: Agemo, AllAboutJazz.com
- Video: Black Dahlia recording session video on YouTube
- Video: Bob Belden Big Band at Birdland - "Milestones" (Miles Davis) on YouTube - arranged by Bob Belden.
- Video: "In Questa Reggia" (Puccini) on YouTube - Gil Evans-esque arrangement of operatic aria by Puccini