In a musical career spanning more than 50 years, Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and composer/arranger/producer Bob James has continued to captivate audiences around the world. Recognized as a progenitor of smooth jazz, James appeals to fans of R&B, funk, and even hip-hop. In fact, three of his recordings are among the five most-sampled tracks in hip-hop.
James has recorded 58 albums, as a solo artist, as a founding member of the band Fourplay, and in collaboration with other musicians. He provided all the music for the television series “Taxi,” including the theme song, which is one of his most recognized works. “One on One,” his first collaboration with Earl Klugh, was awarded a Grammy in 1980 for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and has sold over a million copies. James’s 1986 collaboration with David Sanborn, “Double Vision,” won a Grammy for Best Jazz Fusion Performance.
Winner of the Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival in 1962, James earned Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan that same year. James has won innumerable awards, including the State of Michigan Guvvy Award 2008 for International Achievement and the first-ever Traverse City Opera House Ambassador for the Arts Award 2017. In 2014, he was inducted into the University of Michigan School of Music Hall of Fame.
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