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Brief Bio

One of the most adventurous arrangers of the 1990s as well as 2000s, Bob Belden took the music of Puccini, Royal prince, as well as (with the most success) Sting, and also transformed it into jazz music. After graduating from the University of North Texas in 1978, he was with Woody Herman's Band for 18 months, collaborated with Donald Byrd on and off during 1981-1985, had fun with the Mel Lewis Band, and made a few Red Rodney records. In 1983, Belden cleared up in New York as a writer for center sessions. Influenced by Gil Evans, Belden debuted on Sunnyside with Treasure Island, before dealing with transforming non-jazz material into jazz music. Belden likewise helped with Columbia Records'… view full →

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