Bob is a trumpet and flugelhorn player whose performances are
especially notable for his lyrical style and fine tone.
His harmonically oriented improvisations shift between aggressive and
cool playing. In speaking of Lark, jazz icon Clark Terry says, “He’s a very
good trumpet player, a very good musician. He’s paid his dues.”
Recently released on the Jazzed Media label is the critically acclaimed
CD recording Cathy's Song, by Bob Lark and Friends with Phil Woods,
Rufus Reid and Jim McNeely.
This follows the success of the Jazzed Media CD recordings
Suggestions, and Live at the Jazz Showcase and In Her Eyes, by the
Bob Lark/Phil Woods Quintet, a group that includes prominent jazz artists
Jim McNeely, Steve Gilmore and Bill Goodwin.
Bob’s playing and writing are also featured on the compact disc
recordings Until You (2003) and First Steps (1997) on the Hallway label.
He is an exclusive Yamaha Performing Artist.
Bob Lark serves as the Director of Jazz Studies at DePaul University in
Chicago, Illinois, where he directs the university Jazz Ensemble and the
Phil Woods Ensemble, teaches jazz trumpet and courses in jazz
pedagogy and jazz style. Under his direction the DePaul University Jazz
Ensemble has produced several Outstanding Performance Awards from
the Jazz Educators Journal, Down Beat and Jazz Times magazines, and
has recorded albums with legendary jazz artists Phil Woods, Clark Terry,
Louie Bellson, Bob Brookmeyer, Tom Harrell, Jim McNeely, Frank Wess,
Slide Hampton, Ira Sullivan, Bobby Shew, and Chicago Symphony
Orchestra members Charles Vernon and John Bruce Yeh.
Bob is an active clinician, soloist and guest conductor, and is the past-president of the Illinois Unit of the International Association for Jazz Education,
has chaired the International Trumpet Guild jazz improvisation competition, served as the host for the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo
Competition, and throughout the 1990’s directed the Midwest GRAMMY High School Jazz Band. Prior to his appointment to DePaul University, Bob was
an Assistant Professor of Music at Emporia State University, Kansas, where he taught applied trumpet lessons, a course in jazz pedagogy, directed the
university jazz bands, and served as the director of The Great Plains Jazz Camp. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in performance from the
University of North Texas, having earlier earned a Master’s degree from that school and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Ohio State University.