"It's all in the music...growing up in Boston is what gave me the greatest music lesson of my life. The intro to many different styles of music is what shaped me today." Music would be his passion and he would further develop his natural talent for guitar playing and songwriting. Bobby Bell, today an accomplished guitar player and charismatic stage performer, has been captivating audiences ever since.
Born in Boston, MA where he grew up listening to everything from The Beatles to James Brown and of course his greatest teacher, Jimi Hendrix intrigued Bobby. He began sneaking into after-hours clubs in Boston to watch and learn from the local and national musicians, typically blues artists who gigged on the Boston Chittlin' Circuit. The British Invasion of the 1960's affected national television exposure, and Bobby learned his fingering technique by imitating performers and eventually taught himself how to play the guitar.
"Working odd jobs in clubs gave me the opportunity to sit and check out the "great" like Led Zeppelin, The Allman Brothers, Santana and Earth Wind & Fire." At the legendary club The Sugar Shack, Bobby learned from James Brown, Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway, and Eddie Hazel of Parliament/Funkadelic. It was at the Sugar Shack that Bobby met Patti LaBelle and Jeff Beck who gave him an opportunity to play for three hours at an after party. Bobby's performance so impressed Patti LaBelle's band that he was asked to join them in Philadelphia six months later. The rest is history.
Throughout his career Bobby has performed with an impressive list of musicians including Albert Collins, Koko Taylor, Nile Rodgers, Kinsey Report, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Mandrill, and The Betty Davis Band (led by the former wife of the great Miles Davis). Bobby brings to his listeners his years of solid experience in live performance, his fluid, explosive guitar playing and great songwriting. The listeners feel as if they are "sneaking" in on an after-hours jam session-not unlike those Bobby frequented. Bobby characterizes his music as "an eclectic compliation of music styles. Blues, funk, rock and soul-it's all in there. My music is a reflection of me."
Bobby is a member of the Black Rock Coalition and in addition to recording his CD "'Bout Time" and his newest release "Bobby Bell Live". Bobby just completed his first music video for his cover of the Beatles, "Come Together". Bobby can be seen repeatedly in the New York City area and on his upcoming tour. During his weekly jam at Groove in Greenwich Village,Bobby is often joined by world class musicians, like Chaka Khan and Jimmy Vivino.
Below see Chaka, as
she sat in for an hour and half set. She played drums and of course sang,
including a duet with Bobby on Al Green's Love and Happiness.
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