Hutcherson, Bobby (jazz) [Robert]
- Lee Jeske
- , revised by Barry Kernfeld
(b Los Angeles, Jan 27, 1941; d Montara, CA, Aug 15, 2016). American vibraphonist. He grew up in Pasadena, California, and learned piano briefly as a child, but lacked interest in it. While in his teens he was inspired by a recording of Milt Jackson to take up vibraphone, which he studied briefly with Dave Pike, but on which he was otherwise self-taught. After working with Charles Lloyd, Curtis Amy, Paul Bley, and Scott LaFaro, he joined a group led by Al Grey and Billy Mitchell at the Jazz Workshop in San Francisco in 1961; having replaced the pianist in their group he was expected to supply a chordal accompaniment, and at this point in his career perfected his manner of playing chords with four mallets (the development of a technique for using four mallets rather than two is also credited to Gary Burton at around this same time); by the end of the 1960s Hutcherson had largely abandoned this device, and with occasional exceptions thereafter he has used only two mallets....