Kenmotsu was born in Stockton, Ca.
He first learned music in the public schools
starting on clarinet in the 4th Grade.
He switched to alto sax in while a senior
in high school, and switched to tenor sax
graduated from San Jose State University
and began working local music jobs.
After working a cruise ship job out of Los
Angeles, he moved to New York and
began working as a free-lance jazz saxophonist.
in New York, Bob was a member of the Jack
McDuff organ combo, and the Ruth Brown Band.
He recorded ‘The Spark’, with Billy Hart
and Ira Coleman, and ‘Bronx Tale’, with
Pat Martino and Jack McDuff. Bob also played
on Pat Martino’s ‘Nightwings’, with Bill
Stewart and Marc Johnson. While living back east, Bob received a New Jersey Arts Commision Grant for composition.
1994, Bob went to Japan on a Japan/US Fellowship
cultural exchange grant, and lived there
until 1997. While there, he played many
clubs, concerts, festivals, and toured the
country several times.
1997, Bob returned to the US, this time
to the San Francisco Bay Area. He recorded
‘Looking at Air’, with Bill Stewart, Essiet
Okun Essiet and Joel Weiskopf.
Bob lives in Berkeley, CA and is working
jazz clubs and concerts on the West Coast.
His latest recording, ‘Reunion’ features
Bob Corwin, piano, Danny Flahive, bass, and Ron Marabuto, drums.