Bob Rockwell

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Bob Rockwell, Aarhus Jazz Festival, Denmark; photo: Hreinn Gudlaugsson

Bob Rockwell (born May 1945, Miami, Oklahoma) is a jazz saxophonist. He was born in the U.S. but emigrated to Denmark in 1983.[1]


Rockwell was raised in Minneapolis, and in his early career he toured the U.S. in various rock and rhythm and blues bands.[2] He worked in Las Vegas in the late 1960s and early 1970s, then moved to New York City, where he played with The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Tito Puente, Ben Sidran, Freddie Hubbard, Ray Drummond, Billy Hart, Rufus Reid, Victor Lewis, Ron McClure, Tom Harrell, Chuck Israels, John Hicks, Al Foster, Anthony Cox, Bill Dobbins, Keith Copeland, Clint Houston, and Richie Beirach.

After settling in Copenhagen, Rockwell released a large number of albums for SteepleChase Records. He has worked in Europe with Ernie Wilkins, Kenny Drew, Alex Riel, Marilyn Mazur, Kenny Wheeler, Jan Kasperson, and Jesper Lungaard.

Awards and honors[edit]


  • Androids (Celebration, 1974)
  • No Rush (SteepleChase, 1985)
  • On the Natch (SteepleChase, 1985)
  • The Bob Rockwell Trio (SteepleChase, 1989)
  • Reconstruction (SteepleChase, 1990)
  • Trio (SteepleChase, 1990)
  • Born to Be Blue (SteepleChase, 1994)
  • Light Blue (SteepleChase, 1995)
  • Shades of Blue (SteepleChase, 1996)
  • After Hours (Go Jazz, 1999)
  • It's All Right With Me (Pony Canyon, 2001)
  • Love Eyes (Pony Canyon, 2001)
  • Bob's Wilder: Music of Alec Wilder (Stunt, 2003)
  • Bob's Ben: A Salute to Ben Webster (Stunt, 2005)


  1. ^ Bob's Wilder,
  2. ^ Thomas Conrad, Bob Rockwell. Jazz Times, 2007, mirror at