Bob Kenmotsu and friends play music that explores a deeply personal way of phrasing that grooves and swings! Bob is a sax player that loves the great combo sounds of tenor sax giants such as Lester Young, Wardell Gray, Sonny Stitt, Joe Henderson, and Jerry Bergonzi.
Bob was born in Stockton, CA, and graduated from San Jose State University with a Jazz major. He then moved to New York, where he 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, he returned to the US, this time to the San Francisco Bay Area, and 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, and tours Japan every autumn.
His latest recording, Trio, features David Wong (bass) and Rodney Green (drums). This performance features Adam Gay (bass), Tony Johnson (drums), and Dave Udolf (piano).
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets 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!