life & work

Bobby J

The Artist Who Creates The Magic

"Talented, Dynamic, Spirit-filled...just a few words to describe him"

BACKGROUND

He acts out his life on stages, and like a fine wine, he just gets better with age. Bobby J is a New Orleans based singer-entertainer and drummer who leads his Stuff Like That Band in engaging and indelible performances. In a career spanning over better than five decades, he is recognized as one of the most diverse, dynamic and elite entertainers across America.

Bobby J was born into a musical family in New Orleans, Louisiana. The rap tap tap on his mother's furniture clearly indicated he too had been bitten by the entertainment bug. From humble beginnings, oftentimes, he wheeled his drum kit in a grocery cart to a neighboring tavern to perform. The self-taught drummer performed with only the hottest local r&b and jazz bands that included locals like Branford Marsalis, Michael 'Patches' Stewart (Al Jarreau), and Cyril Neville. He played for church and community choirs as well, ultimately meeting and performing alongside Billy Preston at a Gospel Music Workshop.

The trajectory of his music career changed. While on a drumming gig in a New Orleans tavern, club owner Alfred Doucette (Big Chief) recognized Bobby's melodious and raspy tenor voice - his true instrument - disassembled Bobby's drums, and handed him a lead singer's microphone. 

The rest is history.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

1969 - Drummer (school bands, local secular bands, church and community choirs)

1970's - Jack the Rapper Convention, NACA Tour

1980's - DISCOGRAPHY

Every Time You Go Away

Ain't No Woman Like My Baby 

Baby Come Back (with former band Louisiana Purchase)

1990 - Formed Stuff Like That Band (named in tribute to musical hybrid and genius Quincy Jones, one of his influences)

2001 - Gospel is Alive Award, presented by the Jazz and Heritage Foundation for 'dedication and contribution to Gospel music'.

2005 - New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

2014 - Deluxe Corporation’s Small Business Revolution in America Video Documentary Series (a Flow Nonfiction Film).

 

LIVE EXPERIENCE

Ali Woodson (the Temptations), Billy Preston, Peabo Bryson, Michael Henderson, Bobby 'Blue' Bland, D. J. Rogers, Chuck Mangione, Patti Labelle, The Bar-Kays, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Betty Wright, the Chilites, Margie Joseph, Ashford and Simpson, Kool and the Gang, the Drifters, the Dixie Cups, Pieces of a Dream, Usher, Raheem DeVaughn, Larry Graham, Air Supply, the Pointer Sisters, Gladys Knight, Branford Marsalis, Michael 'Patches' Stewart (Al Jarreau), Irma Thomas, the Batiste Brothers, Aaron Neville and the Neville Brothers.

MEDIA

Offbeat Magazine (rear cover)

UK Brides Magazine

Notes on New Orleans 

BIZ New Orleans 

Fundera Ledger

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