A lot of musicians claim to have “done it all,” but few have been involved with the variety and quality of projects that pianist/organist Bobby Lyle has. As a youth in Minneapolis, he began playing and working professionally very early on, getting a taste of the national jazz club circuit. Lyle has the honor of being a member of Jimi Hendrix’s “next” band, the jazz-rock project that never got off the ground due to Hendrix’s untimely death. After touring with Sly and the Family Stone and Ronnie Laws, Lyle made his recording debut in 1977 on Capitol.
The next two decades saw Lyle alternately touring and recording under his own name and touring as Music Director for the likes of Bette Midler, Al Jarreau, and Anita Baker. Bobby’s 2004 release, Straight and Smooth, is a two-disc recording that features his smooth jazz sounds on one disc and his classic acoustic style on the other. This record made Lyle the first artist to appear on both the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart and the Straight Ahead Jazz Chart. This special appearance will feature Lyle on piano and organ in a classic trio setting.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“Lyle revels in a high-speed, rapid-fire technique that sacrifices neither the magnitude nor the character of his music.” -Don Heckman, L.A. Times
“…incandescent grooves filled with rhythmic directives, all of which are designed to hone in on the depth of Bobby’s creativity and skill on the keyboards.” -JazzReview.com