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Lenny Robinson



Biography

Born in Philadelphia and raised in Baltimore, Lenny Robinson attended Morgan State University as well as the Peabody Conservatory of Music studying with Charles Memphis, Principal Percussionist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. While still in college, he did a European tour with a theatrical jazz ensemble performing at several festivals including Montreux, North Sea and others. After leaving college, he performed with several R&B groups including Jean Carne, Roy Ayers, The O'Jays and others. He then joined the 26th Army Band in Brooklyn, New York, where he also became a part of the New York jazz community. He formed a band that included such artists as Onaje Alan Gumbs, John Purcell, Anthony Cox and the late Kenny Kirkland. After leaving the Army, Lenny moved to the Washington, DC, area where he quickly became one of the most in-demand drummers in town performing with such artists as Clifford Jordon, George Coleman, Archie Shepp, Larry Willis, Dewey Redman, Ronnie Mathews, John Hicks, Buster Williams, Roy Hargrove and others. He also has gone on the road with such artists as Ahmad Jamal, Lou Donaldson, Vanessa Rubin, Don Braden, and Stanley Turrentine's working band.

Watch Past Performances

Video 12/25/2016: All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam

Join in the 18th annual All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam, a Millennium Stage tradition, with host/vibraphonist Chuck Redd, drummer Lenny Robinson, pianist Robert Redd, trumpeter Tom Williams, bassist James King, and vocalist Delores Williams.

Video 6/13/2016: Lenny Robinson's MadCurious

As part of the 2016 DC Jazz Festival Lenny Robinson’s MadCurious—featuring Lenny Robinson on drums, Brian Settles on saxophone, and Tarus Mateen on bass—presents an evening of jazz music.

Presented as part of the 2016 DC Jazz Festival Dis is ‘Da Drum series.

Video 12/25/2013: All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam

Host Chuck Redd leads this festive annual tradition, now in its 15th year, featuring D. C. favorites drummer Lenny Robinson, trumpeter Tom Williams, bassist James King, and vocalist Delores Williams.

Video 12/25/2011: All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam

Celebrate this festive Millennium Stage tradition—now in its 13th year—with host and vibraphonist Chuck Redd, pianist Robert Redd, drummer Lenny Robinson, trumpeter Tom Williams, bassist James King, and vocalist Delores Williams.

Lenny Robinson