Bobby Timmons

Hard bop, Musical Artist

1935 – 1974

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Who was Bobby Timmons?

Robert Henry "Bobby" Timmons was an American jazz pianist and composer. He was a sideman in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers for two periods, between which he was part of Cannonball Adderley's band. Several of Timmons' compositions written when part of these bandsincluding "Moanin'", "Dat Dere", and "This Here" – enjoyed commercial success and brought him more attention. In the early and mid-1960s he led a series of piano trios that toured and recorded extensively.

Timmons was strongly associated with the soul jazz style that he helped initiate; this link to apparently simple writing and playing, coupled with drug and alcohol addiction, led to a decline in his career. Timmons died, aged 38, from cirrhosis. His contribution to jazz remains undervalued.

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Born
Dec 19, 1935
Philadelphia
Also known as
  • Timmons, Bobby
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Died
Mar 1, 1974
New York City

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on July 23, 2013

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