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Bob James (born December 25, 1939) is a two-time Grammy Award-winning jazz keyboardist.

Though he has recorded a couple of straight jazz albums, most of his recordings contain “pop-jazz” which is a type of instrumental pop music. Bob James was an important figure in turning 1970s fusion jazz more commercial. For their album One on One, Earl Klugh and Bob James received a Grammy award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance of 1981.

Angela”, the instrumental theme from the sitcom Taxi, is probably Bob James’ most well-known work to date.
With his song “Take Me to the Mardi Gras”, Bob James secured his place in hip-hop history when the song was sampled by RUN-DMC in their song “Peter Piper” from the Raising Hell release. “Take Me To The Mardi Gras” has been sampled in numerous hip-hop songs since “Peter Piper”, including Eric B. & Rakim’s “Don’t Sweat The Technique”, The Beastie Boys’ “Hold It Now, Hit It”, and by Timbaland, in Missy Elliot’s “Work It”.
Another song by Bob James that has also been frequently sampled by the hip-hop and electronic music community is “Nautilus”, being sampled by artists such as DJ Premier, Pete Rock, A Tribe Called Quest, DJ Cam and Luke Vibert, and Ghostface Killah. Nautilus has been covered by current touring acts as diverse as Greyboy Allstars and Sound Tribe Sector 9.


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  • aaron1591

    Im diggin the kickin back track. Ill have to check out more

    30 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Roolio

    24 Jun 2014 Reply
  • DCeclectic

    Bob James is a genius. No wonder so many went on to sample his work.

    18 Sep 2013 Reply

    Bob James is one of the very best Jazz Artists of all times .... I've loved his Music for years .... That's my opinion and I am sticking to it .... Freedom to create such great Jazz and Freedom of Speech to say how I feel .... I enjoy Bob James and the Music (Jazz) that he creates .....

    10 Jun 2013 Reply
  • autoboy3

    this is the best music ever

    24 Feb 2013 Reply
  • aarONE119

    el verano =0

    22 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Mocha67

    Bob James! - Foxie, Touchdown & One

    22 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Zoitz

    love the theme for taxi ^_^

    5 Aug 2012 Reply
  • wupx

    Tahoe '97 mix [3]

    30 May 2012 Reply
  • Splif4d


    28 May 2012 Reply
  • jackmeeks

    tahoe '97 mix [2]

    28 May 2012 Reply
  • runbmc

    tahoe '97 mix

    28 May 2012 Reply
  • boehj

    a pimp!

    13 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Miss-Kei

    He's amazing!?!? :-)

    26 Dec 2011 Reply
  • kaly_

    Happy Birthday !!!

    25 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Assedor

    Bob is brilliant showman, able to rouse the audience. The identity of the mega-caliber, he undeniably talented keyboardist, his dashing style of play is easily recognizable.

    23 Nov 2011 Reply
  • BarackFlowbama

    Nautilus is one of the best hip-hop songs ever.

    16 Nov 2011 Reply
  • kaalper


    7 Aug 2011 Reply
  • lock2stock

    I don't think that labelling Bob as the best jazz musician of all time is correct. There's no need to compare him to Miles or Duke or whoever else. Bob is a great musician in his own niche.

    7 Aug 2011 Reply
  • JaapStobbe

    @ SoulJazzsterInc I did gave Bob props. Please read carefully. But labelling Bob James as the best jazz artist of all time doesn't exactly make one look like much of a jazz fanatic. There's a whole bunch of jazz artists who have had a bigger impact on jazz than Bob james.

    23 Jun 2011 Reply
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