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Bob Baldwin - A440 Musician

By Published: February 28, 2004
1989 - Won the Sony Innovators Award, selected by Roberta Flack. This award receives great media attention, and that led to the signing at Atlantic Jazz Records under then-President Sylvia Rhone, with Weiss co-producing the project.

1990 - Baldwin released his debuting solo CD, "Rejoice" on Atlantic Jazz Records, which featured Lenny White, Tom Browne, Sharon Bryant and others.

1991 - Baldwin met singer, Will Downing at a benefit for Yogi Horton in NYC and co-penned "She" on his "A Dream Fulfilled" CD.

1992 - Baldwin exchanged talents with the late legendary saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr. on his first Self-Produced CD, "Reflections of Love", which also featured Downing, Meadows, and Atlantic Starr Vocalist Porter Carroll. Later in the year, he teamed up with Washington, producing a song on his album, "Next Exit", which featured Levi Stubbs and The Four Tops. "Reflections..." peaked at #5 Billboard Contemporary Jazz, while "Next Exit" peaked at #5. Baldwin also worked on Marion Meadows' "Keep It Right There" CD and teamed up with Meadows and Downing on Meadows "Keep It Right There" and produced "Come Back To Me", which also peaked #7

1993 - Baldwin enjoyed a brief collaborative stint with Pieces of A Dream and had the chance to team up with James Lloyd on Keyboards. He also produced two songs on the "In Flight" CD on Blue Note Records, which went Billboard Jazz Top 20. Working with Lloyd was a personal thrill. Baldwin also recorded a CD entitled, "State of Mind", which was never released. To this day, it has yet to be released.

1994 - Baldwin spreads his musical wings and moves from NY - Atlanta, where he begins a new recording and goes on the road with Marion Meadows for a period extending 4 years.

1995 - Baldwin produced Meadows, "Body Rhythm" CD, which went Top 20 on the Billboard Jazz and top 20 Radio Charts. Baldwin and Meadows also Headlined the Asbury Jazz Festival in front of 15,000+ fans.

1996 - Baldwin produced and released his first independent CD, "City Sketches I/Welcome To The Games", featuring Rohn Lawrence and Meadows. "..Sketches" was a Musical tribute to Atlanta, Ga. Over 10,000 units were sold on the Internet and Live Venue Sales. He also incorporated City Sketches, Inc., based out of Atlanta, Ga., and also launched his website "CitySketches.com" and became one of the first Jazz Artists to sell CD's online. The music to "City Sketches.." was later used during the 1996 Olympics, also held in Atlanta, Ga.

1997 - Baldwin signs to Shanachie Records, under Danny Weiss, produced and released his CD, "Cool Breeze", on Shanachie Records. His hit, "Summer Breeze", peaked Top 20 on the smooth jazz radio charts. This release featured saxophonist, Marion Meadows and guitarist, Larry Coryell.

1998 - Baldwin teams up with Downing on the road and does a series of concerts, which include the Newport Jazz Festival; and the 10-city, Benson and Hedges Music Festival.

2000 - Baldwin acquired investment-funding, signs a Distribution Deal with EMI and completes his second independent CD, "Bobbaldwin.com", on City Sketches, Inc. The CD peaked at Number 13 on Billboard Jazz. The innovator's remake of Tom Browne's "Funkin' for Jamaica" won rave reviews, while his album distributed through the Virgin/EMI network sold units. He also launched BobBaldwin.com online and tripled his hit count in less than 6 months, tying in the title with his site. Vaneese Thomas, Eric Essix, Gerald Albright, Dean James support him, along with long-time supporters Browne, Meadows, and Downing.

2001 - Baldwin signs a one-year deal with Narada Music and commences recording. He begins to develop his Bob Baldwin and Friends Package, which featured Tom Browne, Marion Meadows, and Chuck Loeb.

2002 - Shortly after the World Trade Center tragedy, Baldwin penned and released, "God Bless America", which was played in NYC. This led to the "The American Spirit" CD in May as a tribute to those victims, killed in the twin towers lost in the World Trade Center tragedy. Baldwin shared his empathy and performed "GBA" on several Fox TV stations and made a brief appearance on BET. Baldwin also released his CD, "Standing Tall" in September, which jumped out of the box as Number One during its first week on the radio airplay charts. Both CDs featured Chuck Loeb, Ray Vega, Dean James, Kim Waters, Marion Meadows, Phil Perry and Chieli Minucci. He also worked with percussionist Cafe Da Silva from Brazil, where his musical interests in Brazilian Jazz began to peak. He plays at the Catalina Jazz Festival and Headlines the Riviera Beach Jazz and Blues Festival.


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