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Primary Instrument: Sax, alto

Born: August 14, 1968


Alto saxophonist Justin Robinson was born August 14, 1968, in Manhattan. He first picked up a horn at the age of 13, and honed his sound while attending the High School of Music and Arts (LaGuardia High School) in New York.

Robinson developed a passion for the alto sax and, from the influences of Charlie Parker and Jackie McLean, crafted his own distinctive sound. Robinson has collaborated with eminent artists such as the Harper Brothers, Cecil Brooks III, Abbey Lincoln, Diana Ross, Little Jimmy Scott, and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, The Dizzy Gillespie All Star Band, and most recently, The Roy Hargrove Big Band in addition to the Roy Hargrove Quintet....
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... “For every young jazz musician the challenge lies in their ability to develop an original, uniquely identifiable sound. Altoist Justin Robinson, whose sound and approach owe a huge debt to Charlie Parker, has a way to go before he meets that goal. Justin spent some time in the short-lived Harper Brother's band (along with pianist Stephen Scott) and has released one other record under his name-- Justin Time(Verve/1991). Scott, who has since carved out a fine career of his own, accompanies Justin again on The Challenge and is the album's strongest presence. He makes the most of his solo opportunities and his originals, “Master Scott” and “The Challenge,” are solid...

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Primary InstrumentSax, alto

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KPLU885 | December 03, 2009 Trumpeter Roy Hargrove performed live at KPLU's Seattle studios on December 2, 2009, during his 6-day performances at Jazz Alley. This studio visit is hosted by Abe Beeson. Hargrove was accompanied by pianist Jonathan Batiste, bassist Ameen Saleem, saxophonist Justin Robinson, and drummer Montez Coleman. Roy says, "The working title right now is "Soulful."

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