Bob DeVos

Bob DeVos (born 1946) is an American jazz guitarist whose playing style is similar to that of Kenny Burrell and Wes Montgomery. He was first noted for his work with organist Richard Holmes.[1]

Bob DeVos
Birth nameRobert W. DeVos
Born1946 (age 73–74)
Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation(s)Musician, educator
Years active1970–present


His style combines blues, rhythm and blues, and jazz.[2] "I wanted to play like B.B. King and Chuck Berry", DeVos said.[3] At twelve, he began playing guitar, trying to figure out solos from his brother's R&B records. He took lessons from Joe Cinderella.[3] In high school he became interested in jazz after hearing albums by organist Jimmy Smith with guitarist Kenny Burrell and the album The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery.[3] After graduating, he went on tour with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and took lessons from Harry Leahey and Dennis Sandole.[3][2] In 1969 he got a job with Trudy Pitts[2] after it was vacated by Pat Martino.[3] Beginning in the late 1970s, he was a member of bands led by Gerry Niewood, Teo Macero, Jimmy McGriff, and Charles Earland. Earland produced his first album for Savant.[3] He has also worked with Harry Allen, Freddy Cole, Junior Cook, Joey DeFrancesco, Kenny Drew Jr., Etta Jones, David "Fathead" Newman, Greg Osby, Houston Person, Irene Reid, Lonnie Smith, Dave Stryker, and Stanley Turrentine,[3] Gene Ludwig, and Ron McClure.[2]


As a leader

  • 1999 Breaking the Ice (Savant) with Charles Earland, Master Henry Gibson, Vince Ector.
  • 2003 DeVos' Groove Guitar (Blues Leaf) with Gene Ludwig, Billy James, Emedin Rivera.
  • 2006 Shifting Sands (Savant) with Eric Alexander, Dan Kostelnik, Steve Johns.
  • 2007 Playing for Keeps (Savant) with Eric Alexander, Dan Kostelnik, Steve Johns.
  • 2013 Shadow Box (American Showplace)[4] with Ralph Bowen, Dan Kostelnik, Steve Johns.
  • 2016 Six String Solos (American Showplace)[5] solo guitar.


  1. ^ Bowers, Jack (2008-01-02). "CD/LP Review: Playing for Keeps". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-07-12.
  2. ^ a b c d Skelly, Richard. "Bob DeVos | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Yanow, Scott (2013). The Great Jazz Guitarists. San Francisco: Backbeat. pp. 56–57. ISBN 978-1-61713-023-6.
  4. ^ Orthmann, David (13 November 2013). "Shadow Box". All About Jazz. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  5. ^ Orthmann, David (8 February 2016). "Six String Solos". All About Jazz. Retrieved 11 March 2019.

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