Bob Kenmotsu and Friends will play jazz standards and original music and will be exploring a deeply personal way of phrasing musically that also grooves and swings!
Bob Kenmotsu was born in Stockton, Ca. He first learned music in the public schools starting on clarinet in the 4th Grade. He switched to alto sax while a senior in high school, and switched to tenor sax in college.
Bob graduated from San Jose State University and began working local music jobs. After working a cruise ship job out of Los Angeles, he moved to New York and began working as a freelance jazz saxophonist.
While in New York, Bob was a member of the Jack McDuff organ combo, and the Ruth Brown Band. He recorded The Spark with Billy Hart and Ira Coleman, and Bronx Tale with Pat Martino and Jack McDuff. Bob also played on Pat Martino’s Nightwings with Bill Stewart and Marc Johnson. While living back east, Bob received a New Jersey Arts Commission Grant for composition.
In 1994, Bob went to Japan on a Japan/US Fellowship cultural exchange grant, and lived there until 1997. While there, he played many clubs, concerts, festivals, and toured the country several times.
In 1997, Bob returned to the US, this time to the San Francisco Bay Area. He recorded Looking at Air, with Bill Stewart, Essiet Okun Essiet and Joel Weiskopf.
Bob now lives in Berkeley, CA and is performing at jazz clubs and concerts on the West Coast. His latest recording, Reunion, features Bob Corwin (piano), Danny Flahive (bass), and Ron Marabuto (drums). This performance features Tim Lin (sax), Luke Westbrook (guitar), Simpei Ogawa (bass), and Ron Marabuto (drums).
Tickets are $15. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).
The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!