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Baldwin, Bob (Robert Garfield Baldwin, Jr.)

Baldwin, Bob [Robert Garfield Baldwin, Jr.], piano, keyboards, producer; b. Mt. Vernon, NY, 9 December 1960. He was born at Mt. Vernon Hospital. His mother is Addie Viola Baldwin, born in 4/27/1930, born in Scotland Neck, NC. Still living, resides in Peekskill, NY. She never played, but family cousin is pianist Larry Willis. His father is Robert Garfield Baldwin Sr., 5/22/1926.  Born in Mt. Vernon, NY. Played piano with bassists Keter Betts and Art Davis as well as Westchester County local musicians Carmen Leggio and Jimmy Hill (Saxophonists). Got sick in 1974, when he was in his 40's prior to embarking his only solo recording.

His sister is Debbie Elaine Baldwin Yearwood - 10/2/53. Played Accordian briefly.  Born in Mt. Vernon, NY.  His other sister is Linda Michelle Baldwin - 6/26/67 - Born in Yonkers, NY. Played violin briefly.  His brother was William Arthur Baldwin, 5/21/1970 in Peekskill, NY. He played drums. William was killed in a car accident at the age of 19 in 1991. Bob's CD "Reflections of Love" was dedicated to him.

Baldwin grew up from 1960-1967 in Yonkers, NY. Baldwin's father discovered his perfect pitch and taught him how to play the piano at age four. He had private lessons in Classical and Jazz Standards. Baldwin's musical influences range from Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis to Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye. His father taught me the music of Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson Trio (Ed Thigpen/Ray Brown), Miles, Herbie, Ramsey Lewis.  Taught very briefly with Mark Soskin (2 lessons) between 1982-1983 and attended the Barry Harris workshops over a dozen times in NYC between 1982 - 1985. Baldwin earned a degree in Business Administration from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA while working at MCI and Sprint Communications. He later met Hancock at his Sony Innovators performance in Beverly Hills in 1989.

From 1967-1978, he lived in Peekskill, NY and attended Walter Panas HS. From 1978-1981, he lived in Beaver Falls, PA, 30 miles South of Pittsburgh, and attended Geneva College there. From 1981-1994, he lived in New Rochelle, NY, where he lived in an apartment building owned by his Great Aunt (Lettie Ayers). He attended College at Concordia in Bronxville, NY and Hunter College in NYC, where he completed his education for Business Administration. His degree was received by Geneva College in 1986.

During this time, his first professional gig was with Norman Connors in 1984, located in St. Croix. It was there where he met saxophonist Marion Meadows. In 1986, he did my first session for Melba Moore.
In 1986 he formed the The Bob Baldwin/Al Orlo Project which opened up for Tom Browne at the Bottom Line in NYC.  He then was able to commence my production and artist career in 1987 producing a record for Tom Browne ("No Longer I" on Malaco Records).  He them made a deal with Atlantic Jazz where he recorded his first 2 solo CD's.  That led to numerous production efforts with Marion Meadows, Pieces of A Dream, Will Downing and Grover Washington, Jr.

In 1994, he moved to Marietta, GA where he was transferred with Sprint, where he currently make my home.
His own CDs as leader feature Roy Ayers, Chieli Minucci, Phil Perry, Kim Waters, Will Downing and Marion Meadows, Ray Vega, Brazilian Percussion Cafe', and others. Roberta Flack selected Baldwin as 1989 Sony Innovators Award winner for his first album.

Baldwin has performed at festivals and concerts nationwide, including benefits for African-American and Latino non-profit foundations and the 1995 Special Olympics in New Haven, Ct. As a contributing staff writer for Strictly Jazz Magazine published in Atlanta, Ga., he has written stories on Herbie Hancock, Patrice Rushen, Yellowjackets, Rio Kawasaki, Will Downing, Ray Vega, Lennie White, Keiko Matsui, Ray Obiedo,  Marion Meadows, Joe Sample and George Duke. Baldwin also exercises his entrepreneurial prowess as he owns publishing company Are-Gee-Bee, Inc. Some of the company's writing, production and performing credits include George Benson, Grover Washington, Jr., Will Downing, Marion Meadows, Deniece Williams, Tom Browne, Norman Conners and Pieces of a Dream. He also owns a production company Chameleon Productions, which showcases his production portfolio as well as City Sketches. Inc., which he uses to house his own body of work.

He is the President/CEO of City Sketches, Inc.  He used his business skills to develop and negotiate his recording deal with Narada Jazz. It also helped increase his internet hits to over 10,000 hits per month.

The Dream (1988); I've Got A Long Way To Go (1988); Rejoice (1990); Reflections of Love (1992); State of Mind (1994); City Sketches 1: Welcome to Games (1996); Cool Breeze (1997); Bobbaldwin.com (2000); The American Spirt (2002); Standing Tall (2002)

As sideperson, arranger, producer and songwriter:
George Benson: Twice The Love (1988); Nelson Rangell: A House is Not A Home (1988); Tom Browne: No Longer I (1988); Michal Urbaniak: Urban Express (1989); SOS All-Stars: New York Rendezvous (1988), Greetings from New York (1989); Christmas Message: Christmas Message (1990); Whistle: Get the Love (1992); Michal Urbaniak: Manhattan Man (1992); Grover Washington Jr.: Next Exit (1992); Marion Meadows: Keep It Right There (1992); Pieces of a Dream: In Flight  (1993); Will Downing: A Dream Fulfilled (1992), Love's The Place to Be (1993); Marion Meadows: Body Rhythm (1995); Kut Klose: Lovely Thing (unreleased, 1996); Melba Moore: Little Bit Moore: Magic of Melba Moore Piano (1997); Smooth Jazz Slow Jams: Smooth Jazz Slow Jams (1997); Cool Covers: Smooth Jazz Cool Covers (1998); Marion Meadows: Another Side of Midnite (1999); Eric Essix: For Real (1999); Will Downing: All The Man You Need (2000); Marion Meadows: In Deep (2002)

Contact information:
770-222-0404 is the home business # in Marietta, Ga.
www.citysketches.com and www.bobbaldwin.com are the site addresses.
I also own www.funkinforjamaica.com which is a site that memorializes the funk-jazz classic. 
My email address is baldwinbob77@aol.com.

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