Bob DeVos

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Bob DeVos
Birth nameRobert W. DeVos
Born1946 (age 72–73)
Paterson, New Jersey, United States
Occupation(s)Musician, educator
Years active1970–present

Bob DeVos (born 1946) is an American jazz guitarist whose playing style is similar to that of Kenny Burrell and Wes Montgomery. He was first noted for his work with organist Richard Holmes.[1]


At an early age, DeVos listened to the music owned by his parents and older brother, such as big band records by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Frank Sinatra, and the blues and rock of B.B. King and Chuck Berry. In his teens, he played in a rock band, but in his twenties he was drawn to jazz guitarists Kenny Burrell, Jim Hall, Pat Martino, and Wes Montgomery. His style combines blues, R&B, and soul jazz.[2]

He became a member of organist Trudy Pitts's band in 1970. During his career, he has worked with David "Fathead" Newman, Gene Ludwig, Hank Crawford, Irene Reid, Jimmy McGriff, Joey DeFrancesco, Richard Holmes, and Sonny Stitt. He was a member of the New York Jazz Repertory Orchestra and has spent time with the Charles Earland Tribute Band, Ron McClure, and Gene Ludwig.[2]


  • 1999 Breaking the Ice (Savant)
  • 2003 DeVos' Groove Guitar (Blues Leaf)
  • 2006 Shifting Sands (Savant)
  • 2007 Playing for Keeps (Savant)
  • 2013 Shadow Box (American Showplace)[3]
  • 2015 Six String Solos (American Showplace)


  1. ^ Bowers, Jack (2008-01-02). "CD/LP Review: Playing for Keeps". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-07-12.
  2. ^ a b Skelly, Richard. "Bob DeVos". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Bob DeVos - Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 February 2017.


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