Adjunct Instructor of Music
Bob Bowman learned to play the piano and clarinet before beginning bass lessons at age 12 and quickly became an award-winning performer. He began study at North Texas State University and in 1976 was asked to join the famous Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, touring and recording several albums, including the Grammy award-winning Live at Munich. Bob continued his performing and recording career by joining the Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabakin Big Band in Los Angeles in 1979. He recorded numerous albums as a member of this band, many of which were nominated for Grammy Awards. While based in Los Angeles, Bob toured with the legendary Carmen McRae and performed with Freddie Hubbard, Bud Shank among countless others. Bob moved to Kansas City in 1988 where he has been a vibrant part of the jazz scene there. He is a member of the University of Missouri at Kansas City Faculty, and leads the Interstring Quartet. Bob continues to tour and record with jazz artist Karrin Allyson and teaches many workshops.throughout the U.S. as an educator.