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” (, “fiercely creative” (Time Out New York), and “a real force” in jazz (pianist Paul Bley)

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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

Sax, alto


Brooklyn, NY

Willing to teach

Advanced students only.


Managing Director, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music (

Clinic/Workshop Information

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

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Dave Liebman Dave Liebman
David Binney David Binney
Mark Turner Mark Turner
sax, tenor
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Ben Monder Ben Monder
Dom Minasi Dom Minasi
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