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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” (, “fiercely creative” (Time Out New York), and “a real force” in jazz (pianist Paul Bley). His studio releases “Waits and Measures” (Playscape) and “Do The Hate Laugh Shimmy” (Fresh Sound/New Talent) were both named as top-10 jazz releases in 2006 and 2008, respectively; Robbins's fourth album as a bandleader will be released on May 25, 2010 on his own Hate Laugh Music label. Robbins has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, JazzTimes, JazzWise, Jazzman, and National Public Radio.


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“Mr. Robbins, an industrious and venturesome alto saxophonist and clarinetist, 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

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone, alto

Willing to teach

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Managing Director, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music (

Clinic/Workshop Information

leads workshops across the US and Europe on contemporary improvisation and composition



Album Pyramid by Pete Robbins


Hate Laugh Music

Album Live In Basel by Pete Robbins

Live In Basel

Hate Laugh Music


Live in Brooklyn

Not Two Records

Album siLENTZ by Pete Robbins


Hate Laugh Music

Album siLENT Z Live by Pete Robbins

siLENT Z Live

Hate Laugh Music

Album Do The Hate Laugh Shimmy by Pete Robbins

Do The Hate Laugh...

Fresh Sound Records

Waits and Measures

Waits and Measures

Pete Robbins
Waits & Measures


Dave Liebman Dave Liebman
saxophone, soprano
David Binney David Binney
Mark Turner Mark Turner
saxophone, tenor
Tim Berne Tim Berne
saxophone, alto
Ben Monder Ben Monder
Dom Minasi Dom Minasi
Chris Cheek Chris Cheek
Kneebody Kneebody
Sharel Cassity Sharel Cassity
Chris Speed Chris Speed
Jerome Sabbagh Jerome Sabbagh
Urszula Dudziak Urszula Dudziak
voice / vocals

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