Musician in Houston, Texas
is an American smooth jazz , soul jazz pianist, producer, vocalist, arranger and composer. Since the release of It’s a Mystery to Me in 1996, all of Bouldin’s albums have been self-produced independent releases, with Bouldin producing many of his tracks with a variety of synthesizer, drum and sample textures as well as featuring a variety guest musicians. Within the realm of smooth jazz, Bouldin is best known for his R&B flavored rhythms, soulful background vocals and synthesized heavy bass patterns. In 2001, he composed and released “Washing the Spears” an Afro- fusion tribute to Shaka Zula on the Wide Open Spaces CD. Bouldin has released a total of 6 albums to date as well 4 videos.
Bouldin was born in Houston Texas on June 21, 1960. His mother (Pearlie White) was an elementary school teacher and his father (Johnny Bouldin) worked for the railroad. As a child he was influenced by a full range of musical styles including Stevie Wonder, Led Zeppelin, Isley Brothers , B.B King and Elton John. At the age of 6, his parents bought him a trumpet and he played in the school band switching over to the organ/piano at the age of 13. He attended the High School for the Health Professions and during the summers he participated in the Houston Summer jazz Workshop meeting and coming under the tutelege of Conrad “Prof” Johnson, Bubbha Thomas, Don Wilkerson, Arnett Cobb, Yusef Lateef and Randy Jackson. Bouldin attended Lamar university in Beaumont Texas and later graduated from the University of Houston with a B.S. in Business Technology.
Bouldin began his career as keyboardist and band leader for R&B and funk bands in Houston, touring Japan in May, 1983. He graced the stage with Al Hudson and One Way, Johnnie Taylor, Dennis Edwards and Archie Bell. During this time Bouldin also had a long association and collaboration with blues musicians including I.J. Gosey, Texas Johnny Brown and Joe Guitar Hughes to name a few. As the house keyboardist for C. Davis Bar-B-Q, Bouldin described the tiny beer joint as one big party where bluesmen throughout the South would drop in to play. As a result, Bouldin has performed many kinds of music in many kinds of places—in humble joints and grand concert halls, mall bookstores and upscale nightclubs, barbecue smokehouses and Tex-Mex ballrooms, holy sanctuaries and happy-hour lounges. The wide range of styles and venues reflects not only his impressive polymorphic capabilities but also his hometown’s diversity.