Artist StatementI love to perform the Brazilian choro music on many woodwind instruments and to meet and be a resource and collaborator to other artists.
Bob Jones has been a leader in the performing arts field for over 40 years, having brought innovation, change, and improved bottom line results including five major turnarounds, to symphony, opera and musicians’ professional organizations. He was the youngest CEO of the Portland (Oregon) local musicians’ union, the youngest elected to the American Federation of Musicians International Executive Board, and its only active career musician at the time. He was a saxophone, clarinet and flute teacher at the collegiate level and performer for symphony orchestra, chamber music, solo performances and recitals, stage concerts by popular artists and touring Broadway shows for almost 20 years.
Mr. Jones' business, labor and artistic achievements caused the Minnesota Orchestra to recruit him as general manager of the orchestra and Orchestra Hall. As President of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for 14 years, he led its growth to one of America’s few 52-week season orchestras, the acquisition and renovation of the Hilbert Circle Theatre and an adjacent office tower, endowment growth from $4 million to $96 million, recordings, a decade of “Indianapolis on the Air” national broadcasts, and two tours each of the US and Europe. Moving to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as Vice President, Music, and President of the National Symphony Orchestra, Jones was not only responsible for the NSO but for the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra and the Fortas Chamber Series among other duties.
In 2001, he created and operated two private sector companies while continuing arts management consulting which led to leadership roles with two symphony and opera organizations in crisis and their recoveries from imminent closure: Opera Pacific and the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Jones’ track record in programming, fundraising, organization development, governance, financial management, strategic planning and labor relations has given him a respected national reputation.
In 2012, Bob joined Chesapeake International Artists as Managing Partner, to help develop select performing artists and composers and place them on the world’s stages. With the founder’s retirement in 2015, Bob revamped the company into an umbrella organization for his continuing consultation services to arts organizations and artists, artist representation, and the Regional Online Artists Directory (ROAD) which he created and is in continual development.
One of the musical groups represented by the new Chesapeake International Arts is Zéfiro. It is a showcase for Bob and his wife Susan to perform on their mixed woodwinds with authentic Brazilian backing tracks. Their musical genre is primarily, but not exclusively, “choro” which is often called Brazilian ragtime. Zéfiro performs in concerts, play/talk informances and provides background music for special events.