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

Bobby says:

“Over the course of my 70 years I have heard records and live performances (at the Dakota) of so many great songs many of which I have gotten to perform. But… there have been a few that for one reason or another I have yet to play live on stage; some classics, some new school and some I just like.”


“For this evening I have assembled a core band that will play throughout the night as well as a list of special guest singers whom I have worked with over the years and always wanted to hear them sing selected songs.”

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 20-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, 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 12-year affiliation as drummer and business manager. With MB4, Bobby played at 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.

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