Bob DeVos There's a heavy blues and soul element in the jazz guitar stylings of Bob DeVos. He can't help it, as many of his formative years in Paterson, N.J. were spent performing with groups influenced by B.B. King, Otis Redding, James Brown, and other classic blues and rhythm & blues performers. While no one in DeVos' family played a musical instrument, he was influenced by his parents' and his older brother's record collections, which included Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Frank Sinatra as well as King Curtis, B.B. King, Chuck Berry, and other pioneers of rock & roll. Shortly after making his professional debut playing blues and classic rhythm & blues, New Jersey-based DeVos discovered pure jazz stylists like Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, Jim Hall, and Pat Martino. In his early twenties, he chose jazz over rock, realizing he needed more chord changes and the freedom of expression that jazz and soul-jazz offered. In the '80s, '90s, and into the new millennium, DeVos' guitar style in various groups he'd led could best be described as an artful blend of blues, classic rhythm & blues, and straight-ahead jazz. DeVos began playing guitar in the '60s and was a student of legendary guitar teachers Harry Leahy and Dennis Sandole. In 1970, Sandole sent his best students out to audition for Hammond organist Trudy Pitts, DeVos was hand-picked by Pitts to play with her group. Since making his professional debut with Pitts, DeVos has accompanied ...

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