Pentucket Arts Foundation is excited to continue posting Arts Alerts honoring fine and performing alumni by sharing their exemplary work!
The Pentucket alumni artist we are highlighting this month is Bobby Spellman!
Born and raised in West Newbury, Bobby was exposed to a wide variety of musical styles from an early age, eventually gravitating toward the free jazz and improvised music prevalent in the Boston jazz scene. After graduating from Pentucket Regional High School, Bobby went on to earn a degree in philosophy before pursuing a master’s degree in jazz trumpet performance at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he had the opportunity to study improvisation with John McNeil and Jerry Bergonzi, ensemble performance with Dave Holland, Bob Moses, and Joe Morris, and George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization with Ben Schwendener.
Bobby's interest in the Lydian Chromatic Concept led him to continue his studies in jazz theory after graduating from NEC, and he continues to explore new paradigms in music theory in order to integrate disparate styles of music and bridge the gap between tonal and atonal musics.
Bobby currently lives in Bushwick, Brooklyn with his wife, woodwind doubler Emily Pecoraro, and two cats. Bobby regularly performs on trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, conch shell, and the rare and quizzical soprano trombone.
He teaches private lessons in brass and improvisation throughout New York City, and has taught masterclasses in jazz theory at the collegiate level. Bobby’s latest album, “Revenge of the Cool” was released on Sunnyside Records in May of 2020.