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Bob Mover

Born on March 22, 1952 in Boston, Massachusetts, Bob Mover started playing the saxophone at age 13. Two years later, Phil Woods heard him in a high school All Star band in Miami, Florida and gave Bob a scholarship to study under him that summer in New Hope, Pennsylvania at Ramblerny Camp for the Performing Arts.

While still in high school, Bob sat in with such luminaries as Roy Eldridge, Wynton Kelly, Zoot Sims, Kenny Dorham, James Moody, Jimmy Rushing, Anita O'Day, Richie Kamuca, Charles Davis, Chubby Jackson and others. Also, at that time, Bob was inspired by his musical friendships with mentors such as Ira Sullivan, Lee Konitz, Jaki Byard and Sonny Rollins as well as contemporaries among them - Brecker, Scofield, Bill Pierce, Duffy Jackson, Mraz... and the late Jaco Pastorius, James Williams and Bob Berg.

Before the age of twenty--guest soloist with the University of Miami Jazz Ensemble (under the direction of Jerry Coker) At the age of 17 performed at the Village Gate in N.Y.C. and in concert at Harvard University with Jaki Byard.

At the age of 21, Mover joined Charles Mingus for a stay of five months at the Five Spot in New York City. He then joined Chet Baker's group for 9 months before leaving for Brazil in 1974. During his six months stay, he worked with samba legends Johnny Alf (the "father of Bossa Nova") and Lucio Alves.

Upon his return to New York City in 1975, he rejoined Baker. They worked regularly in New York City clubs, as well as performing at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and touring the mid-west and California. In the summer of that year, he made his first European appearances with Chet Baker at La Grande Parade du Jazz (Nice, France), Jazz Festival Laren (Holland) and the Middleheim Jazz Festival (Antwerp, Belgium), where they played opposite Sarah Vaughan. This concert was filmed for European television and a review appeared in the Belgian press, which described Mover as "a 23 year old revelation".

At the end of 1975, Bob went out on his own, leading his own groups around NYC and elsewhere. His first working band featured Tom Harrell (trumpet) and the late Jimmy Garrison (bass). Critic, Chuck Berg, wrote in Downbeat "Mover is a poet/philosopher whose music rings with a profundity that speaks to both heart and mind... Mover's voice is his own, worth listening to... carefully." From 1976 to the end of 1979, he led his own quartets and quintets every Sunday and Monday night playing to packed houses at Sweet Basil in Greenwich Village.

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"People are always amazed when they hear him play!" --Chet Baker

"Bobby and I go back a long way. Bob is a wonderful musician- one of the great alto players who in recent years has become a real tenor player as well." --Michael Brecker

"Like Charlie Parker, Bob Mover knows how to make musical escapes and come out all sexy and beautiful." --Mitch Borden Owner of Fat Cat Jazz and former owner of the now "legendary" Smalls in Greenwich Village, N.Y.C.

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Willing to teach

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Private Lessons

Bob Mover has been teaching saxophone, Improvisation, and coaching vocalists for over 30 years worldwide. He is considered one of the most accomplished and respected teachers in the jazz world.

Some of his distinguished students include: Saxophonists Grant Stewart, Claire Daly, Josh Benko, Tommy Morimoto, Guitarist Joe Cohn, Pianists Makoto Ozone and Dave Kikoski, Drummer: Jeff `Tain` Watts.

Bob's approach to learning Improvisation will lead the student to significant improvement, even with limited practice time.


$60 - 45 minutes
$75 - 1 hour
$85 - 1 1/2 hours


Bob is also an excellent ensemble coach

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Don't Look Back

Cellar Records


My Heart Tells Me

Motéma Music


It Amazes Me

Zoho Music


On The Move

Atlantic Records




Charlie Parker
saxophone, alto
Joe Lovano
Jaleel Shaw
saxophone, alto
Phil Woods
saxophone, alto
Gene Ammons
saxophone, tenor
Johnny Hartman
voice / vocals
Bobby Militello
saxophone, alto
Ron Kearns
Patrick Langham
saxophone, alto
Richie Kamuca
saxophone, tenor
Flip Phillips
saxophone, tenor

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