COLUMBUS, Ohio - He is so good at the “Count Basie Sound” he has become part of a group of musicians up for a Grammy.
Pianist Bobby Floyd, a staple of the Columbus music scene for decades, is on his way to Los Angeles to do something he has never done before, attend the Grammys.
“I'm excited," Floyd said.
“I'm looking forward to it. I went out and bought my tuxedo the other day and they told me we get a chance to walk on the Red Carpet, so hey I'm ready!”
Bobby played on just about every track on an album nominated for Best Large Jazz Ensemble. "All About That Basie" released in 2018.
He played with the Count Basie Orchestra for six years. It has been nominated 20 times for a Grammy Award.
Bobby Floyd started playing piano at age two.
A child prodigy who by age six was playing regularly on Sundays for his church in his hometown of Marion.
“It's my life. It's just like someone else at an early age who gets involved with something that they really love doing and they're fortunate enough to make it their living,” said Floyd.
And now his feel for the swing music - that Count Basie made famous - is taking him to the pinnacle of musical recognition.
The Grammys air Sunday night at 8 p.m. on 10TV.