Bob Reynolds is a Grammy Award-winning tenor saxophonist known for his work with Snarky Puppy, John Mayer, and 8 solo albumsBOOK TICKETS
Bob Reynolds is an American jazz tenor saxophonist, Grammy Award-winning member of the band Snarky Puppy, and a prolific composer and recording artist with 8 top-selling solo albums
Soulful. Sophisticated. Tuneful. Dynamic. Imagine the Yellowjackets and D’Angelo had a baby in 2017. These four musicians play a breed of jazz that leans heavily on soul, r&b, and dark pop, with a dynamic range that catches audiences by surprise. Their performances make you lean in and ask for more. (A doctorate in jazz studies is not required to enjoy it.) Formed in Los Angeles in 2015, the band has built a solid following through a 2-year monthly residency at the famous Baked Potato Jazz Club, which they now consistently sell out, along with the Blue Whale Jazz Club. They’ve played music together in various incarnations for years (Reynolds and Gwizdala since 1997) and their first album, Quartet, comes out in early 2018
Born in Morristown, New Jersey in 1977, Reynolds grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, where he first started playing saxophone at age 13. Although he listened to a range of music as a kid, by his late teens he was a dedicated jazz student. After high school he honed his skills at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, where he mentored with George Garzone, Hal Crook, and others. Bob is a passionate educator and in-demand clinician. He co-founded an annual retreat for saxophonists and, through his Virtual Studio , he helps musicians become confident improvisers. Bob lives in Los Angeles and shares insights on balancing a music career with raising a family through his popular YouTube vlog . Quotes “A self-assured saxophonist and an unassuming yet effective composer...” NEW YORK TIMES "...Reynolds flexes an assured hand with melding hip-swiveling jazz and funk as a bandleader." LA TIMES “Bob is one hell of a saxophonist! His sound is rich and his execution is effortless.” Michael Brecker, Grammy-winning saxophonist “Some of the freshest, most compelling, and most soulful music I have heard recently. Bob Reynolds is an amazing musician, with something very exciting and original to say.” Joshua Redman, Grammy-nominated saxophonis
“Bob is one hell of a saxophonist! His sound is rich and his execution is effortless.”
Michael Brecker, Grammy-winning saxophonist
It’s a rare saxophonist who’s as comfortable in an arena full of rock fans as in an intimate jazz club. Bob Reynolds is a rare saxophonist.
Reynolds spent years touring the world in John Mayer’s band, winning new fans with his solos on crowd favorites like “Vultures,” “Wheel,” “Gravity” and “Covered in Rain.” Watch his performances on YouTube and you’ll see hundreds of accolades from admiring fans—not a normal occurrence for a saxophonist in a rock band. Reynolds’ partnership with Mayer reminds many of Sting’s collaborations with Branford Marsalis in the 1980s. Both he and Mayer are big fans of that band.
Reynolds has recorded and performed with everyone from Usher, Josh Groban and the Jonas Brothers to Amos Lee, Willie Nelson and Nellie McKay. He calls himself a “melody architect” and refuses to be boxed in by conventional genre labels. A child of the 80s, Reynolds’ music is a blend of his early influences (Sting, Bruce Hornsby, Tears for Fears), R&B and soul (Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder), and jazz (Stan Getz, Joshua Redman, Chris Potter).
At the same time as he’s been touring the world to packed stadiums and playing with A-list superstars, Reynolds has stayed true to his jazz roots with performances in clubs across the U.S. Three of his five albums were recorded live with a who’s who of the jazz and rock worlds, including keyboardist Aaron Goldberg, guitarist Mike Moreno, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Keith Carlock, who’s toured with both Sting and Mayer. Reynolds’ records reflect his affinity for the jazz tradition at the same time as they display his skill with pop music. He makes the music he wants without compromise.
For Reynolds, music is about communication with the listeners. The title of his latest recording, Somewhere in Between, suggests his ability to cross genres. The album features jazz heavyweights Eric Harland on drums and Aaron Parks on piano, along with keyboardist Oli Rockberger of Mister Barrington and, on two tracks, John Mayer. It’s a seamless and fearless blend of jazz, blues, rock and pop.
Inventive. Unconventional. An instantly recognizable player with his own musical vision who still finds a way to fit in no matter what the situation. As a leader or a band member, Reynolds is focused on melody, connection and emotion. Say it again: Bob Reynolds is a rare saxophonist.