WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - After jazz musician Bob Baldwin, 50, heard Borders was closing 400 stores he decided to host a release party for his 16th album New Urban Jazz.com 2: Re-Vibe at the ArtsWestchester in White Plains.
Its been so hard to find music with all the regular brick and mortar stores closing and Borders shutting. Sometimes its nice to be able to go listen to music in a record store like we used to do in the 70s or 80s. I wanted to bring some music to the community, said Baldwin, a Mount Vernon native who now splits his time between Atlanta and Cortlandt Manor.
About 30 people, including Carmen King, 43, enjoyed the 14-track album and asked Baldwin about his musical experience at the release party Wednesday night.
My husband actually met Bob Baldwin at a prior concert and fell in love with his music, said King, a Bronx resident who teaches fourth grade at Mamaroneck Elementary School. Once my husband introduced me to him, I was a fan too.
Playing in a jazz festival in Dubai this February inspired Baldwin to include some string-based melodies and Middle Eastern rhythms. Baldwin plays piano, other instruments via the electronic keyboard, and occasionally sings. However, Re-Vibe features several artists, including Valhalla rapper Bo Valentine.
Between putting in about 400 hours on the album, Baldwin continued producing his two-hour New Urban Jazz radio show that is heard on 20 stations across the country.
Baldwin grew up watching his father play piano with several Westchester jazz musician like Keter Betts and Art Davis. His dad began teaching him piano when he was four.
While he was playing, Id sit on the piano and watch and just be blown away by his friends.
Baldwin senses the limp economy has helped bring back Westchesters music scene.
For a while there it was kind of flat. People stopped coming out to support the arts. But the recession has gotten more people out to hear music and forget their problems. Music has become an escape, said Baldwin.
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