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Bob Sheppard is truly a distinctive new voice on the international jazz scene.

Born in Trenton, New Jersey, and raised in Levittown, Pennsylvania, Sheppard went on to earn his Master's Degree from the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. After briefly accepting a teaching position at Loyola University in New Orleans, Bob felt his calling lay outside academia and in the crucible of the jazz performance circuit. At the suggestion of his former Eastman classmates, Sheppard moved to Los Angeles and quickly established himself as a versatile session player and improviser. His well defined sound can be heard on many motion picture soundtracks such as Jerry McGuire, Leaving Las Vegas, Forrest Gump, Nixon, and First Wives Club, television soundtracks of Seinfeld, Chicago Hope, Late Night with David Letterman, Cheers and Northern Exposure, and pop CDs from Steely Dan, Rickie Lee Jones, The Manhattan Transfer and Sheena East, to jazz CDs by Scott Henderson, Dianee Reeves, Billy Childs and Michael Franks, to name a few.

Despite his success in the studio scene, Bob considers jazz to be his first love. Indeed, he's one of the few players who can meet the demands of both session work and jazz performance with equally consummate artistry. In his fiery virtuosic explorations of the territory between modern and traditional jazz styles, he consistently exercises mature restraint in favor of inventive melodic lines, a sophisticated understanding of modern harmony, and a sensitivity to dynamics unusual for someone of his technical facility.

Currently a member of the Mike Stern Quartet, he will also be featured on the premier tour of Chick Corea's new sextet, "?Origin?" throughout 1998. As well, he's also been a member of the bands of such luminaries as Freddie Hubbard, Randy Brecker, Horace Silver, Lyle Mays, Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band, Peter Erskine, Lyle Mays, Billy Childs, Nat Adderley, and Doc Severinson, among others. As Freddie Hubbard put it, "Bob is one of the finest players on the scene today, and I always look forward to working with him."

In addition to his extensive work as a sideman, Bob is also a solo artist and composer. His recording debut 'Tell Tale Signs' (Windham Hill Jazz) was produced by Steely Dan's Walter Becker, who first heard Bob playing with Randy Brecker. Sheppard's compositions on 'Tell Tale Signs' reflect his personal style while incorporating the modern and traditional influences of such jazz giants as John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Michael Brecker, Steve Grossman, and Jerry Bergonzi. Says Sheppard, "I hope their inspiration is evident on this record."


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Bob Sheppard is one of the most highly respected and well-known improvising artists on the music scene today. Complementing his success as an international jazz artist, he is also in high demand in Los Angeles for session work in many music studios, having recorded more than 100 television and movie soundtracks. A musician who meets the highly disciplined requirements of session work with equal artistry in all musical situations and styles, he has built a career consisting of many long-term collaborations with leading and respected artists. In addition to being an accomplished saxophonist, he is an impressive multi-instrumentalist playing flutes, clarinet, and bass clarinet.

Currently a member of The Peter Erskine Trio, he has also toured with Chick Corea's "Origin" for two years and is featured on Chick Corea's Grammy nominated CD, Change. Over the past 20 years he has performed and maintained many of his associations and on-going collaborations with the following artists: Freddie Hubbard, Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Horace Silver, Lyle Mays, Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band, Billy Childs, and Nat Adderley. His versatile musicianship has extended to Pop CDs with Steely Dan, Rickie Lee Jones, Manhattan Transfer, Burt Bacharach, Elvis Costello, and Randy Newman including jazz CDs with artists Scott Henderson, Michael Franks, Andy Laverne, John Beasley, Otmoro Ruiz, Terry Trotter, vocalist Kurt Elling, Marilyn Scott, and Diane Reeves.

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