When it comes to the most famous jazz keyboardists, Bob James is a name that no one can ignore. Robert McElhiney James or professionally known as Bob James is an American jazz keyboardist, arranger, and record producer. He is well known for founding the band “Fourplay”. His popular creation “Angela” was the theme song for the TV show “Taxi”.

Often known for his stellar recordings such as “Nautilus”, “Tappan Zee” and “Westchester Lady”, Bob James is a keyboard maestro. The music from several of his albums has often been referred to and contributed to the creation of modern-day Hip Hop. Throughout his career, Bob has been continuously evolving his style and way of creating jazz music.


Early Life of Bob James

Born on 25th December of 1939 in Marshal, Missouri. Bob started playing the piano at the age of four. With an interest in music from a very young age, Bob James began to study with R. T. Dufford at the age of seven. Apart from playing the piano, James also learned to play instruments such as the timpani, trumpet, and percussion. Soon after, Bob competed in several of the Missouri State Fair Piano competitions and won numerous awards.

Influence on Hip Hop

Throughout his career, Bob has transitioned from smooth jazz to classic music to record Rameau and excelled in every area. Being a legendary jazz keyboardist, Bob’s music has also had an influence on hip hop with his early albums and songs like “Nautilus” and “Take Me to the Mardi Gras”. James has a lot of respect for the creative process of hip-hop music and is proud that his music has played a part in the creation of a new music genre. For more such Lounge news and information, do check out our website – DLK Lounge.

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