Timmons, Bobby (jazz) [Robert Henry ]
- Barry Kernfeld
[Robert Henry ]
(b Philadelphia, Dec 19, 1935; d New York, March 1, 1974). American pianist and composer. The son of a minister, he learned piano from the age of six and later served as a church organist, an experience which clearly helped to shape his future jazz playing. After moving to New York (1954) he played bop with Kenny Dorham’s Jazz Prophets (February–April 1956), Chet Baker (April 1956 – January 1957), Sonny Stitt (February–August 1957), and Maynard Ferguson (August 1957 – March 1958). While a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers (July 1958 – September 1959), with whom he toured Europe, he became well known for his composition Moanin’, a funky, gospel-oriented tune; at this same time the piece was further popularized by Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross, with Jon Hendricks setting lyrics to Timmons’s melody. From October 1959 to February 1960...