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Bobby Read

Saxophonist, woodwind player, studio engineer, producer and composer Bobby Read has played in a wide variety of musical contexts, including rock, jazz, folk, classical groups, and theater groups. He has composed for his various bands, numerous modern dance productions and theater productions in the DC area, and several National Geographic shows. In the studio, Read has recorded, produced, or played on well over 250 CDs and vinyl records in various iterations of his recording studio, currently and hopefully forever located in Charlottesville, VA.

Bands he has played with include the early prog rock band "However," the chamber folk group "Trapezoid," the funky and eclectic "Modereko," years of playing jazz with John D'earth at Miller's in Charlottesville, and with his own band, "Igniter." Links to CDs by these groups are available on his website:

He has also performed thousands of gigs over 20 years as a saxophonist, woodwind and wind synth player with Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers. Highlights include performing at the opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Woodstock '99, The Jackson Family Honors, Olympic events, and twice for President Clinton, as well as for skater Brian Boitano. Over the years, the list of people he has had the opportunity to perform or jam with while in Bruce's band has grown to include Bonnie Raitt, Branford Marsalis, Eric Clapton, Chick Corea, Don Henley, Pat Metheny, members of Los Lobos and the Black Crowes, most of the Grateful Dead, and numerous others.

In addition, Bobby appeared on all of Hornsby's CDs from 1993 to 2013, several full-length
videos, and numerous TV performances. He is forever grateful for the incredible experience of playing Bruce's great music with an amazing band. In 2006-2007, Bobby released his first two solo jazz records, "Monkfish" and "Simbia," featuring his compositions and great bands on each.


After a period focused on family life, he released "Saturn Blue" and "Out of My Mind" in 2016, featuring all original compositions. Details on these albums can be found on his website:

Since 2020, he has been exploring modular synthesis, creating a variety of tracks both for fun and with an eye on the sync licensing world. Visit his YouTube channel to hear some electronic tracks:

A recent joy for Bobby has been playing with Jstop Latin Soul!

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