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Bob James Booking Agency Profile

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Bob James is a two-time Grammy Award-winning jazz keyboardist. Fresh out of the University of Michigan with an MA in composition, he recorded an inventive bop trio album, Bold Connections," for Mercury; and his next project was a free-jazz LP ("Explosions") for ESP-Disk. After four years as Sarah Vaughan's music director and a like period on the New York session scene, James signed on as Creed Taylor's staff arranger/producer and, more than anyone, was responsible for the famous "CTI sound" of commercially (and, usually, artistically) successful jazz albums by Freddie Hubbard, Hubert Laws, Grover Washington Jr., Stanley Turrentine and others. But his many albums for CTI and, later, Columbia and Warner Bros. (mostly on electronic keyboards) have, as Gramophone's jazz guide says, "added a new dimension to the concept of wallpaper music in jazz.".

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Frequently Asked Questions about booking Bob James.

Bob James's current work schedule and location in relation to your event's type, date, budget, and locality will play a primary factor in the acceptance of an offer.
CTI can give you exact pricing once we submit your event details to Bob James. How much Bob James does cost to do an event depends on many variables and the fees we show is based on a range derived from our past experience with booking. Popularity, career stage, and current demand can cause an increase or decrease in pricing. The final fee may be more than what is shown, but you should at least have a budget within that range for Bob James to consider an appearance, performance or speaking engagement.
CTI can not give out direct contact information for the agent or manager of Bob James. If you want to send them a message, a gift, or request a free appearance or donation of time, then we will not pass along such material or communications to any of our contacts.
There is low probability for Bob James to work a gig for anything substantially less than the published price range. We will negotiate with Bob James on your behalf, but if your funding is not in place then it will more difficult to book Bob James, because they get many offers to work events that are at or above asking price. It is also important to consider Bob James's travel costs, as they may require an entourage of staff and equipment. If your budget does not factor that in, then there is no benefit for them to want to be hired. We do not personally speak for Bob James, but in our experience in booking talent for over 25 years, this is generally the outcome of inadequate funding.
Age Group-30's-50's, Age Group-60's+, Age Group-All Ages, Jazz, Jazz-Instrumental, Jazz-Smooth, Male
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