Bob Arthurs is a jazz trumpet player, vocalist, and recording artist who has been appearing in clubs and at festivals in the New York area and abroad for almost five decades.  New York venues include Birdland, Iridium, Jazz Standard, Cornelia Street Cafe, Cleopatra's Needle, Somethin' Jazz Club, Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall, and the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, Lincoln Center Plaza among others.  Abroad he has performed in Belgium, The Netherlands, Russia, Japan, and Austria (visit the audio, video, and link pages to hear Bob in action ).

In addition to leading his own groups, Bob has played with Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh, Sal Mosca, Ted Brown, Warren Vache, Larry Coryell, Bucky Pizzarelli, Chuck Wayne, Tal Farlowe, Carmen Leggio, with whom he co-directed a big band, Etta Jones, Jimmy Hill, and Bill Crow among many others.

He is a founding member of the Tristan Quartet, which can be heard on Bob's CD on Zinnia Records, Notes From the Underground, which is available through this website, from CDbaby, and from iTunes. 

Bob's vocal debut was on his 2013 CD Jazz for Svetlana, a duo album with guitarist Steve La Mattina.  You can listen on the audio page.  Please see the reviews on the Reviewers page.  Jazz for Svetlana can be ordered through this website, from CDbaby, and from iTunes.

His latest release (Jan. 2017) is Jazz for Molly on Lost Records.  This recording features Daralyn Jay, voice and Steve LaMattina, guitar.  Please go to the Listen page to hear My Favorite Things from the new album.  A video of the Summertime track is available on the Video page.  Jazz for Molly can be ordered through this website,, amazon, iTunes and spotify.

He is currently working on a recording project of jazz versions of Ukrainian folk songs called Jazz It Up! Ukrainian Songs for Three Dads, which will be released shortly on CD Baby.

Bob has been a trumpet and jazz improvisation teacher throughout his career. He was on the faculty of the Music Conservatory of Westchester In White Plains, NY for over three decades.  From 1990 to 2005 he served as the school's Dean of Students and Faculty and Chair of the Conservatory's Jazz Department.  He also served as the trumpet instructor at Rye Country Day School in Rye, NY from 2007 to 2016.



Next Gigs

  • Jan 20
    Tsion Cafe,  NYC

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