Born on March 22, 1952 in Boston, Massachusetts, Bob Mover started playing the alto saxophone at age 13.
Two years later, Phil Woods heard him in a high school All Star band in Miami, Florida and gave him a scholarship to study with him that summer in New Hope, Pennsylvania at Ramblerny Camp for the Performing Arts.
While still in his teens, Bob sat in and learned from such luminaries as Roy Eldridge, Wynton Kelly, Zoot Sims, Kenny Dorham, James Moody, Jimmy Rushing, Anita O'Day, Richie Kamuca and others. While establishing important friendships with Ira Sullivan , Lee Konitz, and Sonny Rollins.
At the age of 21, Mover joined The Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop for a stay of five months at the Five Spot in New York City.
He then joined the group of Chet Baker for 9 months before leaving for Brazil in 1974 where he stayed six months, working with samba legends Johnny Alf and Lucio Alves.
Upon returning to New York he rejoined Baker for 10 months in 1975, working regularly in New York clubs, as well as performing at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, touring the mid-west and California and making his first European appearances with Chet Baker at La Grande Parade du Jazz (Nice, France), Jazz Festival Laren (Holland) and the Middleheim Jazz Festival (Antwerp, Belgium).
Following this stint with Baker he continued to be active, leading his own groups frequently at New York's Sweet Basil, Stryker's Pub, Barbara's and Boomer's. He recorded his first two albums as a leader - On the Move(Choice) and Bob Mover (Vanguard) - the latter receiving a 4 1/2 stars review in Downbeat Magazine.
During this period, Bob also co-led a group with one of his mentors, Lee Konitz, playing concerts and clubs in the USA and Canada, and recording an album, Affinity - The Lee Konitz Quintet (Chiaroscuro) which also received 4 1/2 stars in Downbeat. In 1980-81 Bob taught improvisation workshops at Berklee College of Music in Boston before getting a call from Chet Baker to do another tour of Europe.
This tour yielded two albums - Chet Baker Live at Clubs Salt Peanuts Köln Volumes 1&2 (Circle). Back in New York in 1981 and 1982 Bob recorded two more records under his own name for Don Schlitten’s Xanadu label, In the True Tradition and Things Unseen - which received glowing reviews throughout the world. He toured Europe again in 1982 with Swiss vocalist Miriam Klein in a group that included the great Kenny Clarke and Sir Roland Hanna on piano. From 1983 to 1986 Mover resided in Montreal, where he taught at Concordia University while remaining active in North America and recording his 5th album as a leader - The Nightbathers (Justin' Time) with Paul Bley and John Abercrombie.
In November of '83 he became the proud father of a daughter, Emilie Joy, who as Emilie Mover has become a singer/song writer of renown.
Though residing in Toronto Mover kept his connection with New York forming a musical partnership in 1987 with his long-time friend, Walter Davis Jr., a protege of Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk and a veteran of groups led by Charlie Parker, Art Blakey, Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Jackie McLean and others.
Combining their talents Davis & Mover toured together in Europe and America playing festivals and concerts in France, Italy, Switzerland, Holland, the U.S. and at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 1989 (with Richard Davis and the late Freddie Waits) until Davis' untimely death in 1990.
During this period Davis featured Mover on four tracks of his CD, Illumination, recorded for the Japanese label Pony Canyon/Jazz City Series in 1988, with Ron Carter and Kenny Washington. Mover also recorded his own CD, You Go To My Head, for the same label in December of that year featuring Rufus Reid, Bennie Green, Victor Lewis and Steve Hall.
1989 brought Bob to Osaka, Japan, to perform at Expo '89. In June of that year he was invited to participate in the "Alto Summit" homage to CharlieParker concert at La Villette in Paris along with Jackie McLean, Phil Woods, Clarence "C" Sharpe, Vincent Herring and Frank Morgan (with a rhythm section consisting of Walter Davis Jr., Percy Heath, and Roy Haynes). He also performed a concert/lecture/dinner music series on the music and lives of Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins at the McMichael Gallery of Art, in Kleinberg, Ontario.
From 1990-97 Mover continued his international activities, touring Europe several times including playing the “Bird with Strings” arrangements at Festivals with Walter Bishop and a “Tribute to Bird”concert with Bishop and Ray Brown at the “Super Jazz Festival” in TelAviv as well as giving master classes and workshops at numerous conservatories and universities worldwide.
In 1997 Bob returned to NYC, where he taught both privately and at New Jersey City University. In 2012, Bob expanded his audience when he toured internationally with ESPERANZA SPALDING & THE RADIO MUSIC SOCIETY, appearing in a series of sold-out large hall concerts and festivals throughout the United States and Europe, including the Umbria Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Istanbul Jazz Festival and the Latitude Festival in England.
Since his return to NY he has released several recordings, including It Amazes Me in 2008 (Zoho Records), My Heart Tells Me in 2013 (Motema Records), and most recently One Soul (Soul Kid Records), a collection of duets recorded in 1998 with Tony Castellano, released in 2022.
Isaac Raz has also assisted Mover in creating the “Bob Mover Jazz Lexicon : A Thesaurus of Musical Ideas” which will be & published by Sher Music released later this year in 2023. Also scheduled for release (on “Cellar Jazz”)within the next year is a duet compilation of Live performances by Mover and Walter Davis Jr. from their European concerts in the 1980’s.
In 2020 Bob Mover and his Business Partner, Website Designer and Technical Director, Jessy Kaiser started the Lower Manhattan Music Studio which offers both virtual and in-person private lessons on all instruments. This has “branched out” to now offer a 2 hour “Live /Online Master Class” called “Bob Mover’s JazzAbility Master Class,” held every 1st Saturday of the month at 2pm. More details of which can be found on our website: