Bob Kindred

In recent years an ever growing audience, here and abroad, has become aware of the rare, individual sound and depth of the playing of tenor saxophonist, BOB KINDRED.. Of his most recent releases, critics have said “ It’s fair to say that Kindred now ranks with the giants of his instrument, with Ben Webster, Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, John Coltrane and Zoot Sims.” Chuck Berg, Jazz Times “He expresses a kind of beauty and depth rarely heard…his beauty of tone is simply awesome.” Hugh Wyatt, The New York Daily News “Bob Kindred’s powerful, surging tenor is revelation. Where has this man been?…Absolutely astounding!” JAZZTIMES, England.

 Kindred’s craft was first honed in his native Philadelphia working with organ trios led by Groove Holmes, Charles Earland and Shirley Scott.He then toured with several big bands including WOODY HERMAN’S THUNDERING NEW HERD. His commitment to the future of jazz led to his being a clinician/performer in the field of jazz education with the INTERNATIONAL ART OF JAZZ, FESTIVAL JAZZ and the SMITHSONIAN JAZZ REPERTOIRE COMPANY. In 1992 he was the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for a concert entitled “TO BEN AND JOHNNY, WITH LOVE”, a tribute to Ben Webster and Johnny Hodges. The concert with chamber orchestra also featured jazz greats, bassist, Red Mitchell, drummer, Edmund Thigpen and reminiscences from Milt Hinton, all of whom had long histories with Hodges and Webster. 

Kindred’s latest recording is on the Conawago label, “Live at Café Loup” recorded at his weekly Sunday Jazz Brunch at Café Loup in New York. With him are his regulars, guitarist John Hart and bassist Steve LaSpina and guests Warren Vache, Wycliffe Gordon and Tim Horner. On the Venus label from Japan he recorded with an all-star rhythm section, bassist George Mraz, drummer Ben Riley and pianist John D’Martino. On other recent recordings he has been featured with Little Jimmy Scott on two CDs, “Over the Rainbow” and “But Beautiful” with Joe Beck, Wynton Marsalis, Renee Rosnes, George Mraz and Lewis Nash. He appears on English singer Ian Shaw’s “Soho Stories”, on “Secret Ellington…Renaisance,” a CD of previously unrecorded Ellington music and he has recorded a duet CD with pianist Larry Willis, “The Gentle Giant of the Tenor Sax” on Mapleshade.

Every Christmas he co-produces and appears in the annual performances of “BENDING TOWARDS THE LIGHT…A JAZZ NATIVITY.” The critically acclaimed production stars Tito Puente, Lionel Hampton, Dave Brubeck, The New York Voices and a host of other jazz luminaries. BOB KINDRED’s musicality appeals to a variety of audiences and artists. World renown clarinetist, Richard Stoltzman, who performed on Kindred’s “Hidden Treasures” CD expressed his admiration when he said, “The directness, the simplicity, the tone, the truth in his playing…I wish I could play Mozart like Bob kindred plays jazz!”.

Discography: Solo recordings:

"Live at Café Loup" Warren Vache, Wycliff Gordon Conawago 2007
"A Night of Bolero and Blues" Venus Records 2006
“Blue Moon” with George Mraz, Ben Riley, John D’Martino Venus Records 2004
“The Gentle Giant of the Tenor Sax” Bob Kindred and Larry Willis, Duets Mapleshade 2001
“Live at Inspirations Coffeehouse” with Chuck Marohnic Stream 1997
"Hidden Treasures" with Clark Terry, Richard Stoltzman Milan 1995
"Playin’ in the Yard" with Gene Bertoncini Jazzmania 1992
"That Kindred Spirit" string orchestra & quartet with Mel Lewis Conawago Records 1986
"Luminiosity" Giacomo Gates 2007
"Ballet Time" Anne Phillips Conawago 2008
“But Beautiful” Jimmy Scott Fantasy 2002
“Over the Rainbow” Jimmy Scott Fantasy 2001
“SoHo Stories” Ian Shaw Fantasy 2001
“Love is for the Birds” Meredith D’Ambrosio Sunnyside 2001
“Gonna Lay My Heart on the Line” Anne Phillips Conawago 2000
“While the City Sleeps” E.J. Decker Candela 2000
"Jazz Goes to Hollywood"
     Volume II with Fred Karlin & Roger Kelloway " Varese Saraband 1996
"Bending Towards the Light...a Jazz Nativity"
     with Hampton, Brubeck, Puente, Faddis… Milan 1996
"Jazz Goes to Hollywood"
     with Fred Karlin, Jeff Hamilton & Roger Kelloway Varese Saraband 1995
"The Birth of a Legend" with Johnny Frigo Gene Bertoncini, Michael Moore Chesky 1994
"Boogie to Heaven" Gail Wynters & Dr. John VWC Records 1994
"Moonlight" Tom Briggs Saturn Disc 1993
"Rain in June" The Ray Alexander Sextet with Kenny Baron Nerus 1992
"Something Cool" with Yvonne Roome & Toots Theilsman DRG 1992
"Django's Music" Bob Wilber, & Mike Peters Stash 1985
"Live at Carnegie Hall" Woody Herman 1975