Reaction Records

Robin Jessome

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From the 2012 album Thundercrunch

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  • May 24, 2013 8pm

    The Rex, Toronto

    The RJ-Quintet features bassist John Zorn and Grammy Award winning pianist Herbie Hancock joined by Mark Steeger on drums and Kenny Gorelick on saxes.

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  • May 25, 8:30pm. $10

    The Jazz Room, Waterloo

    This critically-acclaimed and award-winning ensemble’s members bring to audiences a powerful and profound experience of the unique potential of jazz music.

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  • August 11, 8pm. $7

    Iridium, New York

    Robin Jessome’s 11-piece Blunt Object presents a unique outlet for the quirky music of composer Carla Bley as well as adventurous original compositions.

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Trombonist Robin Jessome, in high demand as a distinct and unique musical artist, improviser and composer is known for his musical sense of humour. Robin’s energy is often focused on the 11-piece large-ensemble project: Blunt Object and the Robin Jessome Quintet. The Quintet's debut album For Whatever Reason was released in the summer of 2011 and was nominated for a 2012 East Coast Music Award!

Outside of his own projects, Robin also works frequently as a trombonist in various Big Bands and ensembles around Toronto and Kitchener/Waterloo. Robin was a member of the National Jazz Orchestra which was featured with performances at the 2009 National Jazz Awards. The ensemble was directed by and featured music from Christine Jensen, Vic Vogel and Denny Christianson. He was also the subject of an hour-long radio segment, interviewed by Larry Green on "Jazzology", aired on December 2007 on 91.1 JazzFM. The show featured original recordings and offered JazzFM listeners some unique insight into an emerging young artist.

One of the most talented and driven young musical artists I have had the pleasure of working with.
~ Hugh Fraser (JUNO award winning trombonist and bandleader)

In 2006, Robin also had the privilege to attend workshops at The Banff Centre for the Arts, premiering and recording new compositions and working with such luminaries as Chucho Valdés, John Korsrud and Hugh Fraser. Other highlights in Robin's emerging career were being invited to attend the prestigious Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead workshop, and performances in Helsinki, Finland as a competition finalist in the 2003 International Trombone Festival.

Originally from Nova Scotia, he received a Bachelor of Music at St. Francis Xavier University and recently completed a Master of Music in Jazz Performance at the University of Toronto where Robin studied trombone with William Carn and Terry Promane along with composition with Phil Nimmons and David Braid.

Throughout his musical development, Robin has had the honour to work and study with many great artists including Tim Ries, Maria Schneider, Kenny Wheeler, Bob Brookmeyer, Ingrid Jensen, Denny Christiansen, Conrad Herwig, Dave Restivo, John Hollenbeck, Julian Argüelles, Mike Murley, Lew Soloff and Ian McDougall.