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Take Five With Doug Robinson

Take Five With Doug Robinson
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Meet Doug Robinson:
Born in San Diego, multi-instrumentalist and composer Doug Robinson started playing drums in the Crawford High jazz ensemble in the '70s. Robinson studied with Frank Rehak
Frank Rehak
Frank Rehak
1926 - 1987
trombone
and has recorded with notable artists like Mike Stern
Mike Stern
Mike Stern
b.1953
guitar
, Peter Erskine
Peter Erskine
Peter Erskine
b.1954
drums
, John Patitucci
John Patitucci
John Patitucci
b.1959
bass
, and many more.

Instrument(s):
Piano, organ, bass, drums, guitar, and vibes

Teachers and/or influences?
Dennis Foster, Frank Rehak, Al Bauman, and Jim Pappageorge from my high school days!

I knew I wanted to be a musician when...
I heard the Beatles on Ed Sullivan.

Your sound and approach to music:
I am a jazz musician at heart, so everything I play is influenced by that aesthetic. I compose melodic music that is accessible without being simple-minded. Although I am jazz musician through and through, I love all music and some of my work would fit in a quirky film soundtrack, as well as a club.

Your teaching approach:
Do what I ask you to do or find another teacher. Once we get past that, there are no wrong notes. Even bad notes choices can lead to amazing adventures.

Your dream band:
I've been lucky enough to play with some of my all-time favorite musicians like Peter Erskine, Dave Carpenter
Dave Carpenter
Dave Carpenter
1959 - 2008
bass
, John Patitucci, Mike Stern, and Bob Sheppard. Although I enjoy playing with the best, some of my most rewarding jazz moments have come from playing with lesser known cats like members from my old trio, Jazzoo, which features Duncan Moore
Duncan Moore
Duncan Moore

drums
and Ken Dow, or my musical soul mates, saxophonist David Scott and guitarist Ken Basman
Ken Basman

guitar
.

Today, I'd love to go in the studio with John Scofield
John Scofield
John Scofield
b.1951
guitar
, Brian Blade
Brian Blade
Brian Blade
b.1970
drums
, Jimmy Johnson
Jimmy Johnson
Jimmy Johnson
b.1930
, George Young
George Young
b.1937
, and Ken Basman to see what would happen.

Road story: Your best or worst experience:
Best story: When I was in the studio with the A-team, playing my composition.
Worst story: Not being in the studio enough!

Favorite venue:
Dizzy's in San Diego; Chuck Perrin has his act together.

Your favorite recording in your discography and why?
Michael Brecker
Michael Brecker
Michael Brecker
1949 - 2007
sax, tenor
's Nearness of You: The Ballad Book (Verve, 2001). Such empathy between him and Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
b.1940
piano
, Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny
b.1954
guitar
, Jack DeJohnette
Jack DeJohnette
Jack DeJohnette
b.1942
drums
, and Charlie Haden
Charlie Haden
Charlie Haden
1937 - 2014
bass, acoustic
.

The first Jazz album I bought was:
Chuck Mangione
Chuck Mangione
Chuck Mangione
b.1940
flugelhorn
, back when he was playing straight ahead with the amazing Gerry Niewood
Gerry Niewood
Gerry Niewood
1943 - 2009
saxophone
on sax.

What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically?
My music is serious, but I insist on having fun with it.

Did you know...
I play 16 instruments.

CDs you are listening to now:
John Scofield, A Moment's Rest (EmArcy, 2011);
Weather Report
Weather Report
Weather Report

band/orchestra
, (Columbia, 2002);
Larry Goldings
Larry Goldings
Larry Goldings
b.1968
keyboard
, Awareness (Warner, 1997).

How would you describe the state of jazz today?
We're fine, thanks. No, really!


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