Bob Reynolds, a Los Angeles-based saxophonist, has carved a niche for himself in the world of jazz and pop music. Born in Morristown, New Jersey, in 1977, Reynolds found his passion for the saxophone at the age of 13. His love for a wide range of music genres in his early years led him to become a dedicated jazz student by his late teens. This dedication propelled him to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he refined his skills under the mentorship of renowned musicians such as George Garzone and Hal Crook.
Reynolds’ music career took off as he became a Grammy-winning member of the instrumental group Snarky Puppy and a prolific recording artist with 10 top-selling solo albums. His work with Snarky Puppy and John Mayer, a well-known pop artist, made him a sought-after name in the music industry. Reynolds has also collaborated with Grammy-winning instrumentalists like Larry Carlton, Chris Botti, and Jeff Lorber and shared the stage with pop icons like Michael Bublé, Idina Menzel, and Josh Groban.
However, Reynolds is more than just a performer. He’s also an award-winning composer known for his melodic improvisational style, tuneful songwriting, and captivating grooves. His ability to create music that resonates with listeners has earned him praise from The New York Times as “a self-assured saxophonist and an unassuming yet effective composer.”
Apart from his performances and compositions, Reynolds is recognized for his work as an educator. Since 2010, he has been coaching aspiring musicians through his innovative Virtual Studio. His popular YouTube vlog also provides valuable insights on balancing a music career with family life, sharing his experiences as a musician and a father.
Reynolds’ dynamic approach to his music reflects his diverse musical influences, which range from Sting, Bruce Hornsby, and Tears for Fears, to Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and jazz artists like Stan Getz, Joshua Redman, and Chris Potter. His music breaks conventional genre boundaries, offering a unique blend of jazz, blues, rock, and pop that appeals to a wide audience.
Reynolds’ unique ability to cross genres is evident in his album “Somewhere in Between,” which features a seamless blend of jazz, blues, rock, and pop. The album, like his overall musical journey, reflects Reynolds’ focus on melody, connection, and emotion. His inventive and unconventional approach to music, along with his ability to create melodies that resonate with listeners, makes him a rare and remarkable saxophonist in the music industry.
While Reynolds has enjoyed success playing with A-list superstars and touring the world to packed stadiums, he has stayed true to his jazz roots with intimate performances in clubs across the U.S. His records reflect his love for jazz and his skill with pop music, showcasing his commitment to creating the music he wants without compromise.
Reynolds’ work as a saxophonist, composer, and educator showcases his dedication to his craft. His ability to create music that crosses genres and connects with listeners, combined with his commitment to nurturing the next generation of musicians, cements his status as a key figure in the world of jazz and pop music.
Page last updated 6/19/2023.