Bobby Lyle – Ivory Flow

IvoryFlowLegendary pianist/organist Bobby Lyle was deemed a musical wonder when he released his first album, The Genie, which exploded onto the Billboard charts and blew the minds of jazz enthusiasts everywhere. Since that debut, Lyle has kept a high standard for 30-plus years, and has successfully maintain a flourishing, always evolving career. As a pianist, composer, recording artist (with product on Capitol Jazz, Atlantic Jazz, Three Keys, Heads Up, and now New Warrior Music), musical director, music publisher, and music educator, Bobby Lyle’s presence, whether on stage or on his recordings, has always been bigger than life.

Lyle’s unrivaled high standard of excellence entitles him to a place on the throne alongside other musical royalty, making him a permanent fixture in the prodigious society of jazz. With Lyle’s forthcoming CD Ivory Flow (2021), he has released the single, “Living in the Flow,” which has already received massive of airplay and a ton of attention with a cast of iconic musicians, including Stanley Clarke, Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, and more!

As a youngster, Bobby Lyle was a prodigy whose gift became apparent when he was only 9 years old. He was a professional “paid” pianist at 16, performing regularly at local clubs in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. After high
school, Lyle studied advanced piano at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. He left after two years to become a full-time touring musician on the national jazz circuit with ex-Ramsey Lewis sidemen who formed their own band called Young-Holt Unlimited with whom he also recorded on Atlantic-Cotillion. This ultimately inspired him to move from Minneapolis to Los Angeles to pursue a music career in earnest. Once there, after a brief tour with Sly and the Family
Stone, he met Jazz Crusader co-founder Wayne Henderson who became his mentor; and, after securing his first recording deal (at Capitol Jazz), Henderson became his record producer. Subsequent deals with Atlantic Jazz, Three Keys, and Heads Up allowed Lyle to amass a prolific discography of jazz music—all of it self produced.

His musical “Lyle” journey has taken him all over the world to various festivals and venues. He has served as musical director for such notable artists: Al Jarreau, Anita Baker, Bette Midler (with whom he scored an Emmy nomination for
her HBO special Diva Las Vegas), and Phyliss Hyman. His 1990 project The Journey made it to #1 on the Billboard jazz chart, and he is still the only artist who’s record (Straight and Smooth on the Three Keys label, 2005) appeared on both the Billboard Magazine smooth jazz, and the Billboard traditional jazz charts at the same time.

Bobby travels with his own band, teaches and mentor jazz piano students, both privately and in seminars and clinics. He “adopted” Walker Elementary School by establishing a program, where needy, but exceptional students could receive band instruments to use for the school year. Bobby has become an integral part of the Houston, Texas, music scene as a performer and educator; and was awarded a “Bobby Lyle Day” plaque by mayor Anise Parker in 2012. The following year, he released his first Hammond B-3 organ project, The Way I Feel—a tribute to Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery. The CD was released on his label New Warrior Music. In 2014, Lyle, in association with smooth jazz
radio personality Guy Michaels, launched Houston’s first ever TV Jazz Show called The J-Spot. Taped in front of a live audience, The J-Spot is a prominent showcase for the wealth of musical talent in the Houston area, and features recording artists as well. Bobby is the host and performers occasionally as a guest performer. Bobby Lyle continues to perform with his piano bands and organ trio, impressing jazz lovers around the world!

His newest project Ivory Flow (2021) is now available here.

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