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Pete Robbins

Primary Instrument: Sax, alto

Born: December 28, 1978    

Pete Robbins

Pete Robbins (age 35) moved to New York in September, 2002, and immediately became “a welcome presence on the creative music scene” (Time Out New York). He has since performed or recorded with Vijay Iyer, John Hollenbeck, John Zorn, Craig Taborn, Mark Dresser, Ben Monder, Mario Pavone, Kenny Wollesen, Tyshawn Sorey, Dan Weiss, Thomas Morgan, and countless others, and has performed at festivals and clubs in nine different countries. Robbins’ leads “an ambitious ensemble that combines spacious avant-gardism with the melodic punch of rock” (New York Times), and has been called a “style master” (AllAboutJazz.com), “fiercely creative” (Time Out New York), and “a real force” in jazz (pianist Paul Bley)...
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Awards

For his compositional achievements, Chamber Music America recently awarded Robbins with their prestigious “New Works: Creation and Presentation” grant as well as their "New Works: Encore" award on behalf of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Robbins has also been a guest adjudicator for the Brooklyn Arts Council, acts as Managing Director at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, and works with various organizations in a music education capacity.
“Mr. Robbins, an industrious and venturesome alto saxophonist and clarinetist, leads...an ambitious ensemble that combines spacious avant-gardism with the melodic punch of rock...[He has] a cool tone and a thoughtfully off kilter sensibility.…[C]omplex but welcoming... Mr. Robbins plays with coolness as well as confidence. ...[H]is compositions seem to breathe according to some collective whim.” (Nate Chinen, New York Times) ”No doubt, Robbins’ third solo outing looms as a logical progression of his spiraling notoriety within global jazz circles....A compelling and irrefutably, entertaining effort...Robbins should win over a horde of admirers with this outing, which conveys asymmetrical parts chops, gusto, funk, fusion and a clear-sighted view of the jazz canon. ... Simply stated, Robbins is a style master who sets himself apart from many of his peers. “ (Glen Astarita, AllAboutJazz.com / JazzReview.com) ”Several of Robbins' tunes are flag-wavers, teeming with broad, catchy melodies. That's at odds with the very intricate lines thread together to create such themes, and that dynamic is why [his music] is so intriguing....As a horn player, Robbins has liquid timbre that can remind just how pretty modern jazz can be.” (Jim Macnie - The Village Voice, The Providence Phoenix)
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Primary Instrument:
Sax, alto

Location:
Brooklyn, NY

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Credentials/Background:
Managing Director, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music (bqcm.org)

Clinic/Workshop Information:
leads workshops across the US and Europe on contemporary improvisation and composition

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