Scott Robinson (jazz musician)

Last updated
Scott Robinson
Scott-robinson DSC08861.jpg
Robinson at the 2013 Aarhus Jazz Festival
Background information
Born (1959-04-27) April 27, 1959 (age 63)
Pompton Plains, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation(s)Musician, multi-instrumentalist
Instrument(s)Clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, sarrusophone, ophicleide, theremin
Labels Arbors, ScienSonic
Website ScienSonic Laboratories
Robinson performing at the International Jazz Festival of Punta del Este in 2015 19deg International Jazz Festival of Punta del Este - 150111-1043-jikatu (16077477399).jpg
Robinson performing at the International Jazz Festival of Punta del Este in 2015

Scott Robinson (born April 27, 1959) is an American jazz multi-instrumentalist. Robinson is best known for his work on multiple saxophones, but he has also performed on clarinet, alto clarinet, flute, trumpet, sarrusophone, and other, more obscure instruments.


Music career

The son of a piano teacher and National Geographic book editor, [1] Robinson graduated from the Berklee College of Music in 1981. The next year, he joined the college's staff, becoming its youngest faculty member. [2]

Robinson has appeared on more than 275 LP and CD releases, including 20 under his leadership, [3] with musicians Frank Wess, [2] Roscoe Mitchell, Ruby Braff, Joe Lovano, Ron Carter, Paquito D'Rivera, David Bowie, Maria Schneider, Rufus Reid, [3] Buck Clayton, and the Orchestra of St. Luke's. [1] Four of these recordings won a Grammy Award. [3] He has received four fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. [1]

In 2000, the U.S. State Department named him a jazz ambassador for the year 2001, [1] funding a tour of West Africa in which he played the early works of Louis Armstrong. [2] Material from these appearances was released on the album Jazz Ambassador: Scott Robinson Plays the Compositions of Louis Armstrong by Arbors Records.

Throughout his career, Robinson has worked to keep unusual and obscure instruments in the public view. For example, he has recorded an album featuring the C-melody saxophone and performs with the ophicleide. He also owns and records with a vintage contrabass saxophone so rare that fewer than twenty in playable condition are known to exist. [3]

Since 2009, he has operated his record label, ScienSonic Laboratories.

Select discography

As leader/co-leader

As sideman or guest

With Ruby Braff

With John Fedchock

With Marty Grosz

With Keith Ingham

With Frank Kimbrough

With Frank Mantooth

With Bob Mintzer

With John Pizzarelli

With the Joe Roccisano Orchestra

With Randy Sandke

With Maria Schneider

With John Sheridan

With others

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Bix Beiderbecke</span> American jazz cornetist, pianist, and composer (1903–1931)

Leon Bismark "Bix" Beiderbecke was an American jazz cornetist, pianist and composer.

Pee Wee Russell American jazz clarinetist (1906–1969)

Charles Ellsworth "Pee Wee" Russell, was an American jazz musician. Early in his career he played clarinet and saxophones, but he eventually focused solely on clarinet.

Frankie Trumbauer American jazz saxophonist and bandleader (1901–1956)

Orie Frank Trumbauer was one of the leading jazz saxophonists of the 1920s and 1930s. His main instrument was the C-melody saxophone, a now-uncommon instrument between an alto and tenor saxophone in size and pitch. He also played alto saxophone, bassoon, clarinet and several other instruments.

Reuben "Ruby" Braff was an American jazz trumpeter and cornetist. Jack Teagarden was once asked about him on the Garry Moore television show and described Ruby as "the Ivy League Louis Armstrong".

Howard Alden American jazz guitarist

Howard Vincent Alden is an American jazz guitarist born in Newport Beach, California. Alden has recorded many albums for Concord Records, including four with seven-string guitar innovator George Van Eps.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Dan Barrett (musician)</span> American arranger, cornetist, and trombonist

Dan Barrett is an American arranger, cornetist, and trombonist.

Randy Sandke American jazz trumpeter and guitarist

Jay Randall Sandke is a jazz trumpeter and guitarist.

Vince Giordano American musician

Vince Giordano is an American saxophonist and leader of the New York-based Nighthawks Orchestra. He specializes in jazz of the 1920s and 1930s and his primary instrument is the bass saxophone. Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks have played on television and film soundtracks, including the HBO series Boardwalk Empire and Woody Allen's musical comedy film Everyone Says I Love You.

Harry Allen (musician) American jazz tenor saxophonist (born 1966)

Harry Allen is an American jazz tenor saxophonist born in Washington, D.C. He is a traditionalist in the manner of Scott Hamilton. He is best known for his work with John Colianni, Dori Caymmi, Keith Ingham, John Pizzarelli, and Bucky Pizzarelli.

Martin Oliver Grosz is an American jazz guitarist, banjoist, vocalist, and composer born in Berlin, Germany, the son of artist George Grosz. He performed with Bob Wilber and wrote arrangements for him. He has also worked with Kenny Davern, Dick Sudhalter, and Keith Ingham.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Arbors Records</span>

Arbors Records is a record company and independent record label in Clearwater, Florida. It was founded by Mat and Rachel Domber in 1989 and was initially devoted to the recordings of their friend, Rick Fay.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Kenny Washington (musician)</span> American jazz drummer

Kenny Washington is an American jazz drummer born in Staten Island, New York. His brother is bassist Reggie Washington.

Rick Margitza Musical artist

Rick Margitza is an American jazz tenor saxophonist.

Charles Dee Wilson was an American jazz alto saxophonist.

Joel Edward Helleny was an American jazz trombonist.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">James Chirillo</span> American jazz musician

James Louis Chirillo is an American jazz guitarist, banjoist, composer, arranger, and band leader.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Davenport Blues</span> 1925 song composed and recorded by Bix Beiderbecke

Davenport Blues is a 1925 song composed and recorded by Bix Beiderbecke and released as a Gennett 78. The song has become a jazz and pop standard.

Chris Flory is an American jazz guitarist.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">For No Reason at All in C</span>

"For No Reason at All in C" is a 1927 jazz instrumental by Bix Beiderbecke, Frankie Trumbauer, and Eddie Lang. The song was released as a 78 single in 1927 on Okeh Records as by "Tram, Bix and Eddie ".


  1. 1 2 3 4 Torreano, Bradley. "Scott Robinson". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  2. 1 2 3 Levine, Bill. "Our Critics Picks Archived 2005-12-29 at the Wayback Machine ", the Nashville Scene, published October 6, 2005. Retrieved February 26, 2007.
  3. 1 2 3 4 Small, Mark. "Scott Robinson '81: Unusual Voices, Berklee Today. Retrieved February 26, 2007.
  4. "Scott Robinson | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 December 2016.