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Lenny Robinson Quartet

3/20/2018 at 6:00 PM

Born October 4, 1956, Lenny Robinson has become one of the foremost voices of jazz at the drums. He grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, in a rich musical environment. He played piano and organ in his father’s church in his early teens, trumpet in both junior high and high school, and came to love percussion in high school. Robinson’s first contact with jazz came early in junior high school with a Max Roach/Clifford Brown record. He then enrolled in the Peabody Conservatory of Music under Charles Memphis, principal percussionist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. After a year at Peabody, Robinson transferred to Morgan State University where Memphis was also on staff. While attending Morgan, Robinson’s first international gig was with Pamoja Experience, a theatrical jazz group that chronicled the black music experience from slave songs to the present. This group toured Europe and performed at the Montreux Festival in Switzerland, the Oslo Festival, and the North Sea Festival, as well as made theater appearances in various cities in Europe. Shortly after returning from Europe, Robinson was asked to join Jean Carne’s band. This band traveled extensively throughout the United States sharing concert billings with groups such as The O’Jays, Roy Ayers, The Gap Band, and other R&B groups of the early 1980s. Robinson then became a member of the 26th Army Band in Brooklyn, New York. He put together a band that included Onaje Allan Gumbs and Kenny Kirkland on piano, Anthony Cox on bass, and John Purcell on reeds. This band performed regularly at 55 Grand. Robinson has performed recording artists such as Dewey Redman, Clifford Jordan, Carter Jefferson, Vanessa Rubin, Lou Donaldson, Roy Hargrove, Kenny Barron, Eartha Kitt, Gary Bartz, Eddie Henderson, Ahmad Jamal, Keter Betts, John Hicks, Larry Willis, and Don Braden, as well as the Bill Cosby show You Bet Your Life. He was a member of the late Stanley Turrentine’s working band and is currently touring and recording with Marlena Shaw as well as the saxophonist T. K. Blue. Robinson was also part of the adjunct faculty at Cheyney State University, as well as an instructor for the Living Jazz summer program, directed by Terrell Stafford, currently director of jazz studies at Temple University. Robinson was chosen to lead a group and be involved in the Harman Corporation’s Listening To Jazz educational program, which is a partnership between the Harman Corporation and Wynton Marsalis. Currently, Robinson is on the faculty at the prestigious Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland. He is the leader of The Lenny Robinson Group, the co-leader of Lenny Robinson and Three For All, has an organ group called the Organic Trio, and a piano-less quartet MadCurious. He also produces records for his company Intrinsic Value Productions.

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