Bob Bowman, a native Kansan, learned to play the piano and clarinet before beginning bass lessons at age 12. He won a scholarship to the Stan Kenton Jazz Clinic as a high school freshman, followed by study at North Texas State University.
In 1976, he joined the famous Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, touring and recording several albums, including the Grammy award-winning “Live in 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. Bob also had a long musical relationship with pianist, composer and arranger Frank Mantooth.
While based in Los Angeles, Bob toured with the legendary Carmen McRae and performed with Freddie Hubbard, Bud Shank and others. Bob moved to Kansas City in 1988 where he has been a vibrant part of the jazz scene there. He was a member of the University of Missouri at Kansas City Faculty Jazztet, and leads group Interstring. Bob recorded and has toured with jazz artist Karrin Allyson.
Bob spends a good part of his time in Montana where he first visited when he was 5 years old, enjoying playing music and the beautiful country year around.