He acts out his life on stages, and like a fine wine, he just gets better with age.
Bobby J was born into a musical family in New Orleans, Louisiana. From humble beginnings, oftentimes, the self taught drummer wheeled his kit in a grocery cart to the neighboring tavern to perform. He co starred with locals Branford Marsalis, Michael 'Patches' Stewart (Al Jarreau), and Cyril Neville, to name a few. 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.
And, the rest is history.
1969 - Drummer (school bands, local secular bands, church and community choirs)
1970's - Jack the Rapper Convention, NACA Tour
1980's - DISCOGRAPHY
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.
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.
1990 - Present
NBA All Stars / House of Blues / Coca Cola / BET Network / New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival / Louisiana Police Jury Association / Iberia, First Bank & Trust, Fidelity / Harrahs, Boomtown, Treasure Chest, Magic, President Casinos / Zulu Social and Pleasure Club / Edison Chouest Offshore / Preservation Resource Center / NOBLE / 100 Black Men / Crime Stoppers of GNO / Junior Achievement / Jackson Hole Wyoming Mangy Moose Saloon / Computer Share, Shelton CT / Each One Save One / Southern and Loyola Universities / Metairie, New Orleans, English Turn Country Clubs / Sacred Heart Academy Alumnae / Beau Brummell / Louisiana Restaurant Association / Imago Relationships / Century 21 / NOMA / Arb Meetings and Events / Delta Sigma Theta Alumunae of NOLA and Lake Charles / Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity / Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Austin Texas / Franco's Health Club / Our Lady of the Lake / Xavier Prep's Remember When / AVAAP / Orleans Parish School Board / NFL's Archie Manning / Shelby Latino FOX 8 / ESPN's Mike Smith / The Brennan Family / NOMTOC / AGA (American Gas Association) / Tallageda College / Ochsner Hospital's Red Tie Event / Edison Electric Institute / and a HOST of other corporations, social organizations, and families.