“If you haven’t heard Bobby play drums… you’re missing something.” – MinnPost


Bobby says: 

“For this evening I have assembled a core band of friends that I grew up with (musically) and again I have selected songs I have always wanted to play. Billy Cobham has been one of my favorite drummers from the days of Mahavishnu to Spectrum and to Dreams, so I wanted to do one of his originals. Roy Hargrove was one of the younger bands that I did sound for the most at the Dakota, and I shared the stage with him a few times with Moore By Four. Other songs we will cover have similar stories behind them that I will share that night.”

Long-time Twin Cities resident Bobby Commodore has secured the drum throne for many local ensembles covering many genres of music. He began his career with the Grammy Award-winning group The Sounds of Blackness, with whom he toured the United States and recorded several albums. He met his wife, vocalist Ginger Commodore while completing a twenty-year tenure with the group.

Bobby first made his mark in the world of Gospel playing and recording with the Steele Family, Sam Davis Gospel Ensemble, Rance Majestic Choir, and Sabathani (Macedonia) Baptist among others. Then, taking the plunge into the world of jazz, Bobby was offered a job drumming with the local jazz ensemble Moore By Four (MB4), which led to a twelve-year affiliation as drummer and business manager. With MB4, Bobby played to sold-out houses across the Midwest, toured the world playing at prestigious jazz festivals, and appeared on several PBS specials featuring the ensemble. 

His varied background has led Bobby to perform on all the Twin Cities major stages including the Guthrie Theatre, Orchestra Hall, The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, and The Fitzgerald Theater. Bobby continues to refine his skills while serving as Musical Director for Ginger Commodore & GCQ.

Recommended for Fans of Billy Cobham, The Sounds of Blackness, LA Buckner and Moore By Four.


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