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Mover, Bob (Robert Alan)

Mover, Bob (Robert Alan), alto sax; b. Boston, MA, 22 March 1952. His father is Jimmy Mover, born: 6/15/25. Played trumpet in big bands of Tommy Dorsey, Charlie Spivak, Jerry Wald, Ina Rae Hutton and others. Played trumpet and Theremin on Ernie Kovac's television show and led own big band in Boston area in 1950's. Still active in Florida, often playing with his brother Lester Mover on trumpet and valve trombone, who's son Jonathan Mover, a well - known rock drummer who has played with Aretha Franklin and Steve Howe. His mother is Barbara Ann Mascott, born: 3/14/31, died: 10/17/84. Sang with Al Donahue's band and others. His sister Joy Mover (b. 11/9/55) is vocalist and songwriter in Boston. His brother Richard Mover (b. 8/11/59) is an actor and director in New York City. Also writes songs and plays piano. His daughter Emily Mover (b. 11/20/83) plays guitar, piano, writes songs, poetry and prose and is a jazz vocalist who performed with Bob at Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival 2002.. His brother-in-law Steve Hall (b. 3/9/53) is a tenor player in New York City.

Bob Mover started playing the saxophone at age 13.  Two years later, Phil Woods heard him in a high school All Star band in Miami, Florida and gave Bob a scholarship to study under him that summer in New Hope, Pennsylvania at Ramblerny Camp for the Performing Arts. His family moved to NY in 1969, and while still in high school, Bob sat in with such luminaries as Roy Eldridge, Wynton Kelly, Zoot Sims, Kenny Dorham, James Moody, Jimmy Rushing, Anita O'Day, Richie Kamuca, Charles Davis and others.  Also, at that time, Bob was inspired by his musical friendships with mentors such as Ira Sullivan, Lee Konitz, Jaki Byard and Sonny Rollins as well as contemporaries among them - Mike Brecker, John Scofield, Bill Pierce, James Williams, George Mraz, John Abercrombie, Hilton Ruiz, Gerry Bergonzi and the late Jaco Pastorious.  Before the age of twenty, he had studied saxophone with Ted Rosen, Gordon Brisker, Richie Kamuca and Joe Allard and Jimmy Mosher, arranging with Brisker and Al Cohn, and composition with Joseph Manieri. At the age of 21, Mover joined Charles Mingus for a stay of five months at the Five Spot in New York City.  He then joined Chet Baker's group for 9 months before leaving for Brazil in 1974.  During his six months stay, he worked with samba legends Johnny Alf (the "father of Bossa Nova") and Lucio Alves. Upon his return to New York City in 1975, he rejoined Baker.  They worked regularly in New York City clubs, as well as performing at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and touring the mid-west and California.  In the summer of that year, he made his first European appearances with Chet Baker at La Grande Parade du Jazz  (Nice, France), Jazz Festival Laren (Holland) and the Middleheim Jazz Festival (Antwerp, Belgium), where they played opposite Sarah Vaughan.  This concert was filmed for European television and a review appeared in the Belgian press. At the end of 1975, Bob went out on his own, leading his own groups around NYC and elsewhere.  His first working band featured Tom Harrell (trumpet) and the late Jimmy Garrison (bass).  From 1976 to the end of 1979, he led his own quartets and quintets every Sunday and Monday night playing to packed houses at Sweet Basil in Greenwich Village. Featured sidemen included pianists Kenny Barron, Mike Nock, and the late Albert Dailey as well as, bassists Buster Williams, Ron McLure and Denis Irwin, trumpeters Harrell and Claudio Roditi, and most often the underrated master, Ben Riley on drums. He worked as a sideman with Duke Jordon, Matthew Gee, Albert Dailey, Vinnie Burke and others and often subbed for Russell Procope in a trio with pianist Brooks Kerr and Duke Ellington's long time drummer, Sonny Greer.  During this period, Bob also co-led a group with Lee Kontiz.  They played in concerts and clubs in the USA and Canada. In 1981, Bob resided in Boston where he taught improvisation workshops at Berklee College of Music in Boston while holding down regular gigs at Michial's Pub and Pooh's Pub with his quartet (Joe Cohn or Mick Goodrich on guitar, the late Charlie LaChapelle on bass and the legendary Boston drummer Bobby Ward).  He also played in the quintet of pianist Art Matthews with young trumpeter, Wallace Roney as his front line partner.  Rejoining Chet Baker in March, 1981 they toured France, Belgium, the Nederlands, Austria and Germany while making two recordings. Returning to New York City in the summer of 1981 Bob continued to work with Baker as well as on his own.  In 1982 he had the privilege of playing with one of the fathers of modern jazz, drummer Kenny Clarke, touring Europe in a group led by Swiss vocalist Miriam Klein that also featured Sir Roland Hanna on piano. From 1983 to 1986, Mover resided in Montreal, where he taught at Concordia University. Moving to Toronto in 1987, Mover became an important figure in establishing homes for jazz at the Rex Hotel, The Pilot Tavern and Quigley's.  In 1988, he began a touring partnership with Walter Davis Jr., a protege of Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk.  Walter was a veteran of groups led by Charlie Parker, Art Blakey, Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Jackie McLean and others.  They toured together, playing concerts and festivals in France, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Nederlands, US and Canada until Davis's unfortunate death in 1990.  1989 brought Bob to Osaka, Japan, to perform at Expo 1989. In June of that year, he was invited to participate in the "Alto Summit" homage to Charlie Parker concert at La Villette in Paris along with Jackie McLean, Phil Woods, Clarence "C" Sharpe, Vincent Herring and Frank Morgan (with a rhythm section consisting of Walter Davis Jr., Percy Heath, and Roy Haynes). That same year in Toronto, he and pianist Bob Fenton presented a concert/lecture music and dinner series on the music and lives of Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins at the McMichael Gallery of Art, in Kleinberg, Ontario. In 1992, Bob played French Jazz Festivals in quartet, and with a chamber orchestra playing the Charlie Parker With Strings repertoire with Walter Bishop on piano (who had been Bird's pianist on the original tour 'With Strings') where Bob improvised the Parker role.  Bob and Walter Bishop also traveled to The Super Jazz Festival in Tel Aviv, Israel that year to play a quartet tribute to "Bird" that also featured the great bassist, Ray Brown. From 1990 to 1997, Mover lived in Toronto, where he created a credit course at York University, Musicianship for Jazz Singers.  He continued his touring schedule making seasonal trips to Europe often in the company of one of his early mentors from  Miami Tony Castellano.  Castellano, who died in 1999, was an extremely original pianist, who  had played many years with Ira Sullivan as well as accompanying visiting artists such as Dizzy Gillespie and Sonny Stit in Florida.  From 1997 to 2001, Bob returned to NYC teaching at New Jersey City University, as well as coaching vocalists, giving regular weekly improvisation classes at "One Soul Studios" in Manhattan, and playing around the tri-state area. After a west coast tour (Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Portland), in August of 2001, Bob returned to Toronto, where he now resides.

On The Move (1976); Bob Mover (1977); In The True Tradition (1981); Things Unseen (1982); The Night Bathers (1986); You Go To My Head (1988); Television (1997)
As sideperson:
Yoshiaki Masuo: 111 Sullivan Street (1975); Steve Holt: The Lion's Eyes (1976); The Player's Association Vol.1 (with Joe Farrell and John Faddis, 1976); The Player's Association Vol.3 (with Tom Harrell and Bob Berg, 1977); Lee Konitz: The Lee Konitz Quintet (1977); Chet Baker: Live At Club Salt Peanuts Vols.1 & 2 (1982); Walter Davis Jr.: Illumination (1988); Jane Blackstone: Natural Habitat (2000)
Unissued recordings:
2 hours of duets with Jaki Byard- 1970; collection of Steve Hall Duet & Quintet Concert with Lee Konitz: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts 1977; collection of Grant Fair. Reel to reel tape; Duet C.D with Tony Castellano -piano. Rec. NYC 1998: collection of Patrick Lore; Bob Mover Quartet C.D: Allan Jones- drums, Dan Gaynor: piano and Justin Durrie -bass. Rec. Portland, Ore. 2001: collection of Tim Gallineau; Approx. 30 hours of tapes from Boston between 1969 and 1981 with James Williams, Bill Pierce, Joe Cohn, Ricky Ford and others.: in collection of Elizabeth Adams (widow of drummer Gerre Adams, who recorded the tapes); Approx. 20 hours of tapes and videos with Walter Davis Jr., Walter Bishop Jr. and others 1987-1990. Including Alto Summit Concert in Paris 1990. collection of the late Francis Paudras; Sheila Brown: Detour Ahead -  featuring Bob Mover Quartet; Art Lillard: Heavenly Big Band: 2001 NYC. C.D; Approx. 20 hours of recordings with Toronto Jazz Quartet.: 1994-1997: collection of the late Glen Macdonald; Tenor Maddness: Mike Brecker and Walt Weiskopf -2000 concert at New Jersey City University: Collection of Steve Hall; Approx. 20 hours free jazz with John Heward-drums and Lisle Ellis-bass, 1986-1987 Montreal: collection of John Heward.

Radio and television broadcasts:
1975: with Chet Baker: Radio France
1988: Big Band of Lausanne: Swiss National Radio
1989: Radio Zurich with Walter Davis Jr.
1975: Antwerp Festival with Chet Baker

Contact information:
Bob Mover
309 Melita Avenue
Toronto On. M6G 3X2
Phone: 416-516-2403 Pager: 416-680-6934

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