Bob Bowman.

Winterlude - Bob Bowman

7 p.m. Sunday, October 18, 2020 | Polsky Theatre

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Bassist, composer and Kansas native Bob Bowman has been a major contributor to Kansas City jazz since 1988.

A native Kansan, Bowman began playing bass at 12 years old. In 1976, he joined the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, touring and recording several albums, including the Grammy Award-winning “Live in Munich.” He joined the Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Big Band in 1979 and recorded numerous albums, many of which were nominated for Grammy Awards.

Bowman has toured and recorded with many artists, including the legendary Carmen McRae, Pat Coil, Freddie Hubbard, Bud Shank and Karrin Allyson. Since moving to Kansas City in the late 1980s, he has been a major part of the city’s vibrant jazz scene. He was a faculty member at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Ottawa University and leads the legendary Kansas City group INTERSTRING and various versions of Bowdog.

Now in Montana, Bowman travels to the Midwest every few months to perform and record. According to Bowman, the “very deep jazz history and great musicians in Kansas City keep me coming back.”