Bobby Lyle returns to Minnesota for the holidays with all of his favorite keyboards. Virtuosic piano, burning Hammond B3 organ, smooth R&B grooves and a few holiday favorites in a classic trio setting.
A legendary keyboardist and organist, platinum selling artist, and Emmy-nominee; Bobby Lyle has blazed a trail in the world of jazz. Lyle grew up in Minneapolis and at age six took piano lessons from his mother, who was a church organist. He considers Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal, Bill Evans, Erroll Garner, and Art Tatum to have been his early influences. After high school he spent six years playing locally in Minneapolis and then toured for two years with Young-Holt Unlimited. In 1970 Bobby was invited to be a member of Jimi Hendrix’s “next” band, a jazz-rock project that was halted due to Hendrix’s death that same year.
In 1976 Lyle moved to Los Angeles where he quickly got a job with Sly & the Family Stone. After playing with Ronnie Laws, he recorded three solo albums with Capitol. Lyle made guest appearances on recordings by George Benson, Phyllis Hyman, and Esther Phillips and in the early '80s toured with Benson extensively and became Bette Midler's musical director. After two years with Al Jarreau, Lyle recorded a straight-ahead combo date for King (which was reissued as an Evidence CD), conducted for Anita Baker in 1986, and worked with Gerald Albright.
In 1988 he began a long association with Atlantic that resulted in the release of six albums between 1989 and 1997, with Pianomagic, a 1991 album of piano solos. Bobby Lyle has remained a highly versatile and valuable keyboardist as both leader and sideman during the new millennium, releasing such albums as 2002's Joyful, 2004's Straight and Smooth, and 2006's Hands On on independent labels.
Feat. Perry Hughes
Detroit guitar virtuoso Perry Hughes has recorded and performed with some of the world’s leading vocalists, including Aretha Franklin, Martha Reeves, Joe Williams, Mary Wilson, The Supremes, and Millie Scott. Hughes spent 15 years playing and recording with Earl Klugh before teaming with Bob James and Bobby Lyle.