Bobby Caldwell

  Genre: Jazz Vocal
  Performances at Java Jazz Festival:
Friday March 7, 2008, Dji Sam Soe
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About This Act :
As a singer, he has a successful career with numerous solo releases, which have earned accolades far and wide. His songwriting skills have earned hits not only for himself, but also for well-known artists like Chicago, Boz Scaggs, Peter Cetera and Amy Grant, Neil Diamond and Al Jarreau. Bobby\’s timeless classic,\”What You Won\’t Do For Love\” has been recorded and sampledby more than 100 artists, including rendition by Boys II Men on their recent comeback album. A sample of Bobby\’s song \”Open Your Eyes\” appeared in the Grammy nominated platinum rap hit \”The Light\” by Common. All combined, Bobby\’s songs and samples have contributed to over 40 million sales, while artists as diverse as Tupac Shakur, Michael Bolton, Roberta Flack, Go West, Vanessa Williams and Notorious B.I.G. have all paid tribute to the blue-eyed singer in the slouch hat. Most recently Bobby’s classic song was sung by Elliot Yamin during the final 3 round of American Idol 2006.

Bobby Caldwell\’s live performances are always electrifying! Drawing from his vast repertoire of rousing R&B, intimate smooth jazz stylings, and big band songs, Bobby is afforded the ability to entertain at any venue, for fans of all ages. In Japan and throughout Asia, he enjoys a feverish popularity, selling out shows and achieving gold and platinum status for his releases in those countries. In addition to heavy touring, Bobby starred as Frank Sinatra in the David Cassidy/Don Reo theatrical production \”The Rat Pack Is Back\” in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bobby received rave reviews for his performance, both from industry critics and from his loyal fans.

Major motion picture and television credits have brought Bobby\’s music to even broader audiences. His original composition, \”The Girl I Dream About\” was included in Hillary Duff\’s film, \”The Perfect Man\”, and in Charlie Matthau’s film, “Her Minor Thing” and in “Simone”, starring Al Pacino. Previously, his rendition of \”Beyond The Sea\” was selected by actor/director Joe Mantegna as the opening theme for his directorial debut \”Lakeboat.\” The song fit so well with the movie that Mantegna commissioned Bobby to compose an original piece, \”(Oh Boy!) You\’ve Got It Made,\” as the closing theme. \”Beyond The Sea,\” along with \”All The Way\” and \”The Girl I Dream About\” are also featured in the motion picture \”My First Mister\” starring Albert Brooks and directed by Christine Lahti. \”I\’ve Got The World On A String\” was used in \”Hearts In Atlantis\” starring Anthony Hopkins. \”Luck Be A Lady\” is the featured track in the movie \”The Cooler,\” starring William H. Macy, Alec Baldwin, and Paul Sorvino. In January 2007 listen for Bobby’s song, “Donna,” in “The Amateurs” starring Jeff Bridges.

In light of this success, Bobby\’s has released two greatest hits collections. The first is entitled Timeline, featuring Bobby\’s original recordings of his own best known work. The second is entitled Time & Again, which encompasses Bobby\’s hits that were made popular by other artists, as well as two brand new songs. Both have gone onto become best selling titles in his discography, not only pleasing his longtime fans, but exposing a new generation of listeners to his time-tested sound.

Born in Manhattan and raised in Memphis and Miami, Bobby came from a show business family. His mother and father both sang and were the hosts of one of the first musical variety programs on television, \”Suppertime.\” Bobby grew up listening to show tunes, the music of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, as well as songs that featured the arrangements of Billy May, Don Costa, and Nelson Riddle. These early influences are prevalent in Bobby\’s singing and songwriting.

With a fan base that dates from his first hits \”What You Won\’t Do For Love,\” \”Next Time I Fall,\” and \”Heart Of Mine,\” Bobby appeals to a large and diverse crowd. R&B fans of his earlier \”blue-eyed soul\” chart toppers, youngsters who listen to urban contemporary, and older fans of the classic song stylists are in agreement that whatever Bobby Caldwell sings, be it thoroughly heart-rending, brimming with swaggering confidence, or potently sensual, his superb vocal mastery solidifies his position of pre-eminence amongst his contemporaries.

Last year, Bobby released his long-awaited, blue-eyed soul album, Perfect Island Nights. The collection, featuring 12 brand new tracks, is the natural extension of his best-selling recording, Soul Survivor. True to the mood its title suggests, Perfect Island Nights is a warm and inspiring trip that offers the sounds and styles Bobby\’s fans have come to adore. There are timeless new songs such as the contemporary R&B pop of \”In The Afterlife,\” the tropical-tinged \”Donna\” and the soaring balladry of \”Crazy For Your Love,\” that are rippling with the sweet harmonies and lush arrangements for which Bobby\’s known and celebrated worldwide.

He also covers some of his favorite songs of yesteryear, including a breathtaking version of the Donny Hathaway/Roberta Flack hit \”Where Is The Love?,\” performed as a duet with R&B chanteuse Deniece Williams. Destined to become a classic in his already glittering discography, it represents a creative renaissance in Bobby\’s career.

Perfect Island Nights finds Bobby Caldwell back and better than ever. His new songs spill over with the patented Caldwell hooks that made him a staple of smooth jazz and adult contemporary radio, while his voice has only grown more resonant with time. Lyrically, Caldwell spins an emphatic tale of love lost and the promise of love found like few contemporary songwriters of the day.

With a history so full of highlights, a lesser artist would concede to past glories, but Caldwell rises to the challenge and supercedes those stellar accomplishments with what\’s already being called the best album of his career. Look for Bobby Caldwell back on the road for select dates around the country in support of Perfect Island Nights, and listen closely as his sweet voice finds a home in the hearts of his many fans around the world.

Pending Final Confirmation

  • Krakatau Featuring Richard Elliot
  • Special Percussion Gig featuring Benny Mustapha
  • The Young Generation Big Band conducted By Dwiki Darmawan

Artist still to be considered

  • Balawan
  • Bubi Chen Quartet
  • Gilang Ramadhan Group
  • Indra Aziz
  • Paragita UI Choir
  • Viewpoints – featuring Aryono Huboyo Djati
  • Vina Panduwinata

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