Jim Bob Floyd

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JB Floyd
BornJames Robert Floyd
aka Jim Bob Floyd
June 1929 (age 90)
Tyler, Texas
AvocationConcert pianist
Collegiate music educator
Chairman of Keyboard Performance
Chairman of Keyboard Performance
Head of the Piano Department
Chairman of the Fine Arts Division
Piano Instructor

JB Floyd (né James Robert Floyd; born 2 June 1929) is an American concert pianist (jazz, classical, experimental, avant-garde, and the like), composer, and music pedagogue at the collegiate level. Before retiring in 2013, Floyd had spent 64 years as a music educator in higher education, notably as Chairman of Keyboard Performance, at Northern Illinois University from 1962 to 1981 and Chairman of Keyboard Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music from 1982 to 2013. Floyd is a Yamaha Artist.[2]


Floyd earned a Bachelor of Music in 1948 and a Master of Music in 1950 from the University of North Texas (College of Music). While at North Texas, he studied piano with Isabel and Silvio Scionti.

In the 1950s, at the University of Corpus Christi, Floyd became head of the Department of Music, then Chairman of the Fine Arts Division. In Fall 1949, Floyd joined the music faculty of the University of Kentucky as piano instructor. He also served on the music faculty of Sam Houston State University.

Floyd went on to earn a DMA in 1961 from Indiana University (Jacobs School of Music).

In 1962, Floyd joined the music faculty at the University of Northern Illinois. In 1981, Floyd joined the faculty at the University of Miami. He taught there for 32 years, retiring as Chair Emeritus in 2013 while serving as Chair of the Department of Keyboard Performance.

Selected discography[edit]

  • Another Time And Place (CD), Mutable Music (2011); OCLC 773026916
  • In Crossing The Busy Street (CD), Mutable Music (2009); OCLC 457181264
  • A Transporting Transmittance (CD), Mutable Music (May 2003); OCLC 166266796[3]
  • Suitable for Framing David Rosenboom, JB Floyd & Trichy Sankaran, Mutable Music (1975)
  • Salvatore Martirano: "O, O, O, O, That Shakespeherian Rag; OCLC 162136581, 39300747
  • Vol. 18, CDCM Computer Music Series, "The Composer in the Computer Age–III"
  • Vol. 19, CDCM Computer Music Series, "The Composer in the Computer Age-IV: A Larry Austin Retrospective," Centaur Records (1995); OCLC 778855783

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ "Pianist, Composer and Educator JB Floyd Retires from Frost School of Music," June 5, 2013, Frost School of Music News Releases, June 5, 2013 (retrieved October 3, 2017, via Google webcache&cd=3&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us link)
  2. ^ Renaissance Man: JB Floyd, Yamaha Corporation of America, Piano Division, Buena Park, California, August 8, 2003
  3. ^ François Couture, Transporting Transmittance: Music of J.B. Floyd, Allmusic, 2003

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