Monday, September 13, 2021

BOB BALDWIN · B POSITIVE ·RADIO SINGLE·

City Sketches Records
Sept. 9, 2021

New York native Bob Baldwin has recorded on six of the seven inhabitable continents, and while Antarctica is not on his recording bucket list, his international list, including Dubai, Brazil, South Africa, Spain, UK, Canada, is quite impressive. "Whether it's a massive festival crowd of 30,000 or an intimate restaurant audience of 60, I refuse to rob my audience of great music and a good experience", says Baldwin.

Across a career for which a two decade milestone was achieved in 2013 with his twentieth CD Twenty, Bob Baldwin has proven to be one of the most ubiquitous and ingenious chameleons of Contemporary Jazz - both in his own projects and those he has endeavored upon for others. He has twice honored the canons of giants: Never Can Say Goodbye: A Tribute to Michael Jackson and Betcha By Golly Wow / The Songs of Thom Bell.
In addition to his work as a musician, Bob Baldwin hosts a nationally syndicated weekly radio show (The New Urban Jazz Lounge).

Bob began being taught piano by his father at age 4. His musical influences include Herbie Hancock, Patrice Rushen, Chick Corea, Earth Wind & Fire, Ramsey Lewis, Stevie Wonder and the late, greats Joe Sample, Miles Davis and George Duke. In 1986, he formed The Bob Baldwin/Al Orlo Project in New Rochelle, NY, performing at the legendary club the Bottom Line in New York City, opening up for Tom Browne of “Funkin’ for Jamaica” fame, and this led to his first production effort with trumpeter Tom Browne on one of the first-ever gospel-jazz offerings, No Longer I.

Baldwin was the Curator of the NewUrbanJazz @ the Arts Exchange in White Plains, NY. Collaborating with ArtsWestchester and the White Plains Youth Bureau, Baldwin presented a workshop that would prepare young people for a career in music. In 2010, his Jazz for Haiti program raised over $60,000.00 for the American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey. And in 2013 he produced the benefit concert "Music for Dave" to assist Latin Jazz legend and stroke victim, flautist Dave Valentin, with funding for his ongoing treatment and rehabilitation. He reached out to Larry Rosen, the original GRP Records owner (RIP), who signed Valentin to his first deal, who contributed to the event. Wedding his many talents to a fierce streak of conscious independence, Bob Baldwin sees himself as more than just an artist but a human being in control of his destiny and with a legacy of artistic benevolence to pass on.

From his upcoming 2022 release, Baldwin's new single "B Positive" speaks to the current times, dealing with life's ups and downs in 2020 - 2021 and beyond. Bob is following up from his tracks "Be Blessed (No Stress)", and "Back to Basics (Family First)" with another direct message: "B Positive" is sure to brighten your day.

For "B Positive", Baldwin brings in his co-writing partners, Ragan Whiteside and Dennis Johnson. The band features award-winning musicians; Lil' John Roberts on drums (Duke, Paul Brown, Janet Jackson), Grammy award-winning Mel Brown on bass, and Phil Hamilton on guitar (Luther, Anita, Roberta Flack).


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