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Bob DeVos

With long, blues-drenched melodic lines, and a fat, warm, horn-like sound, guitarist and composer Bob DeVos has his own signature style. Critics universally cite Mr. DeVos' "full, liquid tone" and "soulful, intelligent interpretations and superb, modern compositional skiils". Hailed as "the thinking man's guitar hero" and "a brilliant, knowing bebop player", Bob's CDs as a leader for Savant/HighNote and Blues Leaf Records have earned high praise and many stars in Downbeat and throughout the jazz media. His 2006 CD Shifting Sands on Savant was 28 weeks in the top twenty on JazzWeek.com's National Airplay Chart and on many top ten jazz CDs of 2006 and a WBGOFM Jazz Radio "Play of the Month". Playing For Keeps on Savant was released in late October 2007 and is currently # 9 on JazzWeek.com's chart of national airplay.

A musically mature and versatile guitarist, composer, and arranger, Bob is a modern player with strong traditional roots. He is equally at home with straight-ahead jazz, Rhythm & Blues, funk, jazz fusion and more.

Formative Jazz Experience

Bob started in jazz as a student of Harry Leahy and the legendary Dennis Sandole. In 1970, when Sandole sent his leading students out to audition for the brilliant organist Trudy Pitts, Bob was chosen to step in for Pat Martino. Bob went on to be the guitarist for groups led by Richard "Groove" Holmes, featuring saxophone legend Sonny Stitt, and Jimmy McGriff and Hank Crawford. He later toured and recorded extensively with organist Charles "The Mighty Burner" Earland’s group that included Eric Alexander and Jim Rotondi . He further developed his compositional and harmonic skills playing with many jazz greats outside the organ trio genre.


As a member of the Jimmy McGriff-Hank Crawford Quartet, Mr. DeVos appeared in the PBS-TV video Live From Elario’s, aired nationwide on PBS’s Club Date series. He toured as a member of saxophonist Gerry Neiwood’s group Timepiece with Grammy winner Dave Samuels. As a member of composer Teo Macero’s Nonet, Bob recorded and performed with Pepper Adams, Dave Leibman, and Dick Oatts. He has also performed and/or recorded with Eric Alexander, Harry Allen, Freddy Cole, Junior Cook, Joey DeFrancesco, Kenny Drew, Jr., Bill Doggett, Billy Drummond, Joe Farnsworth, Larry Goldings, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Billy Hart, "Screaming" Jay Hawkins, David Hazeltine, Etta Jones, Gladys Knight, Mike LeDonne, Gene Ludwig, Pat Martino, Jack MacDuff, Ron McClure, Hendrik Meurkens, David "Fathead" Newman, Adam Nussbaum, Houston Person, Irene Reid, Rufus Reid, Mike Richmond, Jim Rontondi, Bob Sheppard, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Grady Tate, Stanley Turrentine, Dave Valentin, Ray Vega, Kenny Washington, Jerry Weldon, Buddy Williams, and many, many others.

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"Guitarist Bob DeVos exemplifies what to look for in a mainstream jazz artist: a rich, round tone around a glowing center, a profound rhythmic capacity, a hearty swing, a creative thinker who seeks the best notes for a given situation and executes them seemingly without effort. He presents top-rate material in a way that is both inventive and accessible. He digs dep into his disttinctive, prodigious style which is deeply rooted in both the bebop and beyond idiom and his blues acumen....the world class guitarist didn't need a warm-up. He came out smoking." —Zan Stewart, SPOTLIGHT

"Radiating keen intelligence and impeccable taste, DeVos’ playing extends beyond the parameters of the soul-jazz genre

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Six String Solos

American Showplace Music


Bob DeVos: Shadow Box

American Showplace Music


Playing For Keeps

Savant Records


Shifting Sands

Savant Records



Blues Leaf Records



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