Bob Crawford--The Jazz Master

  • Thursday,Jun 01, 2017

 Longtime Jazz Artist

Robert M. Crawford, stage name Bob Crawford, is a long time jazz artist from the Bronx, New York.  He has been a jazz artist since 1974 and plays guitar, keyboards, bass, and guitar synthesizer.

Bob tells us, “Regarding my own music I write in in genres such as Contemporary Crossover Jazz, Pop, R&B, Indie Rock, Dance, Singer-Songwriter, New Country, and Folk idioms.”


Bob’s  major achievements are the publication of "Symmetric Cycles" (released on May 1, 2011 by RMCO MUSIC & distributed by Charles Colin Publications), his advanced music theory book inspired by the work of John Coltrane, Pat Martino, & Nicholas Slonimsky.” Symmetric Cycles”, published offers new ways of stretching the melodic and harmonic boundaries of Modal Jazz, Blues, Pentatonic Rock, Latin (Montunos, etc.) Reggae, World Music, etc., creating sound colors that will open your ears in ways you may not have experienced before. It also is extremely useful compositionally - connecting chords in very unique ways, adding emotional sound colors to original musical works. As a teaching tool it is very valuable for advanced students as well as seasoned players.

You can preview several pages of the book on Bob’s website by clicking on the book cover and then clicking on the “Look Inside” tab 

"Symmetric Cycles” can be ordered at Jamey Aebersold’s Jazzbooks site:

Or by calling Charles Colin Publications at 845-680-6880, their website

The release of his 2 Crossover Jazz albums BOB CRAWFORD/RMCO MUSIC presents: CONTEMPORARY JAZZ CROSSOVER INSTRUMENTALS Vol. 1 on June 1, 2013 distributed by Catapult, Inc. and available at i-TunesAmazonMP3Bandcamp, & Google Play.

Bob writes his own songs in genres such as Pop, R&B, Indie Rock, Contemporary Jazz, Dance, Singer-Songwriter, New Country, and Folk idioms. For Crossover Jazz he writes melodies & moods that he hears in his head based on emotions that he feels at the time. For all others, he writes mostly about relationships and their ups & downs.

Bob has recorded the following albums, BOB CRAWFORD/RMCO MUSIC presents: CONTEMPORARY JAZZ CROSSOVER INSTRUMENTALS Vol 1 (Melodic/Romantic Jazz). & BOB CRAWFORD/RMCO MUSIC presents: CONTEMPORARY JAZZ CROSSOVER INSTRUMENTALS Vol 2 (Uptempo Jazz Party Music). on June 1, 2013.  Available at i-TunesAmazonMP3,Bandcamp, & Google Play.

Bob’s jazz musical influences include John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Pat Martino, Horace Silver, Alan Holdsworth, and Larry Carlton. Bob’s best songs pertaining to Jazz that he created are Wheeling, Babycake Walk, Floater, Ondulando, & Hi Steppin’.  “I write melodies & moods simultaneously that I’m hearing in my head based on emotions that I’m feeling at the time.”


Bob is actively seeking music licensing/placement opportunities with recording artists, for theme songs/underscoring/transitions in film/TV, radio advertising and product placement, business presentations, ringtones, video games, websites,etc.

Bob’s Advice

My advice to Jazz artists is to learn your instrument, practice as much as you can, (especially recording yourself when playing with Music Minus One type recordings, and then listening back to what you sound like…like biofeedback except with music). Also play at as many venues as possible with as many people as possible…jam sessions, etc., network with other Jazz players, and above all, STAY POSITIVE…Rejection is part of this business and doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re not good enough…it usually means that what & how you play stylistically may not be a good fit for what the bandleader, A&R rep, record executive, club owner, etc. needs at the time.

“Thank you to Joseph Bennett for this opportunity. Special thanks to Larry Harlow, Pat Martino, Mick Taylor, Bertha Hope, Ray Vega, Phil Benoit, Maxine Brown, Kotie Cannon, Jess Nadelman, Wendy Caplin, Beverly Crosby, Dave Forman, Jon Geist, Monica Hope, Barry and Miriam Kulick, Eleanor Lance, Frank Levi III,  Raymond Hernandez-Ruiz, Lee Schechtman, Neal Shulman, Annette Ward, Tim Weil, Mick Oakleaf, and Lyndell Williams.”

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