At 17, Bobby played with Sonny Rollins at Carnegie Hall. He then wound up touring with Sonny for 10 years, and playing on 5 of his records. Bobby’s also played with Kenny Burrell, Stanley Turrentine, Charles Earland, Miles Davis, Kenny Garrett , Dr. John, and trumpeters Tom Browne and Hugh Masakela, pianists Weldon Irvine and Dave Grusin, Charlie Parker pianists: Al Haig and Walter Bishop, Jr.
Stories GALORE: How he hooked up with Sonny Rollins (at 16)… how he accidentally wound up playing with Kenny Burrell (& 3 lessons Kenny taught him), why he turned down the gig playing for Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers… opening up for Steely Dan on a national tour and the ups and downs of this… playing gigs down in the East Village in NYC at 16… surviving divorce… moving across the country to “start fresh” in the midst of a career crisis, the highs and lows of a career that includes 14 solo records, a Masters Degree and a successful gig as an elite academic college professor. Some touching moments with a brilliant guy: