Born: July 9, 1949 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
In an art form awash with ingenues and shiny singers newly minted from music school, Ellen Robinson’s emergence is a breath of fresh air. With her new album Don’t Wait Too Long, the Oakland jazz vocalist makes a convincing case for the value of life experience as a template for reimagining American Songbook standards and more contemporary fare. Displaying impressive skills as a songwriter, she also infuses hard-won wisdom in original tunes. Like her two previous releases, Don’t Wait Too Long was produced by the sure hand of drummer and veteran DJ Bud Spangler. It’s the work of a late-blooming artist with a clear, heartfelt vision, exquisite taste, and lovely voice that lingers in your ear long after the music has finished. ...
Awards:Jefferson Award 2011
Ellen Robinson is blessed with great pipes. Jazz Improv Magazine
Ellen Robinson knows how to connect with an audience. Each song has a story to tell and she does so with clarity and warmth. All About Jazz
Don't Wait Too Long
Tracks: 1. DANCE ONLY WITH ME; 2. SOON; 3. IF; 4. ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE; 5. THE STORM; 6. YOU MUST BELIEVE IN SPRING; 7. TICK TOCK; 8. BE CAREFUL IT’S MY HEART; 9. OUR DAY WILL COME; 10. CALLING YOU; 11. BUT BEAUTIFUL; 12. DON'T WAIT TOO LONG.
Murray Low: piano.
Sam Bevan: bass.
Dan Foltz: drums.
Kristen Strom: sax.
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Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
Bachelor of Music: Ithaca College Graduate Education: Bank Street College of Education, SUNY-Stony Brook, Hofstra University, C.W. Post. Teaching since 1971. Currently: Vocal teacher Jazzschoool Berkeley CA Member of NATS Director of vocal groups in the San Francisco Bay Area: The Anything Goes Chorus - mixed chorus for men & women Women's ensemble - Swingshift Singers Formerly: Vocal Instructor at U.C. Berkeley Extension, Berkeley CA. Choral Director at Oakland Youth Chorus, Oakland CA. Music Instructor at Beacon School, Oakland CA.