Winter 2020 – Bobby Hutcherson

Ron Lee | March 1st, 2020

Vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson was part of the Blue Note post bop “new thing” group of artists. He started with the bebop style and moved his music on to newer things. Bobby was inspired by Milt Jackson of Modern Jazz Quartet but developed his own sound and techniques.

Bobby started his career on the west coast and played with Les McCann, Billy Mitchell and other prominent west coast jazz musicians. Bobby moved to New York where he built a reputation and was picked up by Blue Note records. This was in the 1960s and he appeared on many of the post-bop, avant guarde and free jazz style recordings. After losing his cabaret card in NY he returned to the west coast where he eventually settled in Montara, Ca just north of Half Moon Bay(south of SF).

In his later years he was a founding member of SF Jazz Collective with Joshua Redman, Miguel Zenon, Nicholas Peton, Renee Rosnes, and Eric Harland. He would regualarly play to sold out performances on both coasts.

His most popular composition is “Little B’s poem” which composed for his son.

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