An Intimate Evening with Bobby Lyle
Bobby Lyle Solo on the Steinway

Bobby Lyle

All Ages
“Lyle revels in a high-speed, rapid-fire technique that sacrifices neither the magnitude nor the character of his music.” – L.A. Times

A legendary keyboardist and organist, platinum selling artist, and Emmy-nominee; Bobby Lyle has blazed a trail in the world of jazz. Lyle grew up in Minneapolis and at age six took piano lessons from his mother, who was a church organist. He considers Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal, Bill Evans, Erroll Garner, and Art Tatum to have been his early influences. After high school he spent six years playing locally in Minneapolis and then toured for two years with Young-Holt Unlimited. In 1970 Bobby was invited to be a member of Jimi Hendrix’s “next” band, a jazz-rock project that was halted due to Hendrix’s death that same year.

In 1976 Lyle moved to Los Angeles where he quickly got a job with Sly & the Family Stone. After playing with Ronnie Laws, he recorded three solo albums with Capitol. Lyle made guest appearances on recordings by George Benson, Phyllis Hyman, and Esther Phillips and in the early '80s toured with Benson extensively and became Bette Midler's musical director. After two years with Al Jarreau, Lyle recorded a straight-ahead combo date for King (which was reissued as an Evidence CD), conducted for Anita Baker in 1986, and worked with Gerald Albright.

In 1988 he began a long association with Atlantic that resulted in the release of six albums between 1989 and 1997, with Pianomagic, a 1991 album of piano solos. Bobby Lyle has remained a highly versatile and valuable keyboardist as both leader and sideman during the new millennium, releasing such albums as 2002's Joyful, 2004's Straight and Smooth, and 2006's Hands On on independent labels.

Venue Information:
The Dunsmore Jazz Room
6161 Hwy 65 NE
Minneapolis, MN, 55432