One of the most successful and well-known jazz bassists of his generation, Robert "Bob" Hurst is best recognized for his work with Branford and Wynton Marsalis, as well as his time with the Tonight Show Band. Born in Detroit, Hurst first started playing professionally with local Detroit musicians including trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, who hired the bassist at age 15. Hurst made his recording debut in 1985 with Out of the Blue, the self-titled release from the Blue Note Records young all-star ensemble. He then appeared on trumpeter Woody Shaw's 1986 album Bemsha Swing.
In 1991, Hurst joined Branford as a member of the Tonight Show Band, on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. After Branford stepped down as leader of the Tonight Show Band in 1995, Hurst continued to play on-and-off with new Tonight Show Band leader, guitarist Kevin Eubanks. Since the '90s, Hurst has toured and/or recorded with a bevy of name artists including Geri Allen, Russell Malone, Dianne Reeves, Steve Coleman, and Yo-Yo Ma, among others. As a solo artist he has released several albums including Robert Hurst Presents: Robert Hurst (1992), One for Namesake (1993), Unrehurst, Vol. 1 (2002), Unrehurst, Vol. 2 (2010) and Bob Ya Head (2010).