Rob Mullins

Rob Mullins

Instrument: Piano | Location: Los Angeles

A classic acoustic trio set, Rob Mullins at his best.
—Scott Yanow, jazz journalist/historian

Updated: November 3, 2021

Born: January 10, 1958

Rob Mullins has built his musical reputation in the Hollywood world with a solid string of releases in the contemporary jazz field over the past 30 years. His rise to international acclaim as a composer and performer began with his "Soulscape" project, which earned him a Grammy Nomination for composition. Since that time, Rob has gone on to record 35 CD's of his music, three of which went Billboard Top Ten. His latest releases include "This Way Up!" released in August 2021 and "The Nearness of You" released in Nov 2018.

In May of 2021, Rob was was selected by Hubert Laws to perform a Tribute to Chick Corea which was sponsored by Live with Carnegie Hall. The video is on Youtube. Rob has been the keyboardist and pianist for Hubert Laws for many years and is featured on many of Hubert's albums.

With tours all canceled in 2020, Rob created the Planetmullins Podcast Interview show where he began interviewing musicians and producers he knows and speaking with them about their personal success stories. The Planetmullins Podcast has now aired for two seasons totaling 38 episodes and can be found on Youtube as well as Apple Podcasts, Audible, Spotify, Amazon, and other services.

Starting out on drums at age 11, Rob became a touring professional with a California Big Band by age 12, doing his 6th grade homework on a tour bus. A car crash at 14 (he was a pedestrian) forced a musical switch to the piano. During this time Rob also mastered the saxophone, bass, percussion, and guitar. At 16, Rob began composing, arranging, and formed his first band.

After attending the University of Northern Colorado on a percussion scholarship, Rob studied theory and composition from George Russell in New York on a National Endowment for the Arts Grant. The release of his "Soulscape" project brought him back to California where he is now an in demand composer, arranger, producer and session musician.

As a live performer, Rob’s credits read like a who’s who of the Hollywood jazz, rock and pop scene. He has performed with Hubert Laws, Ronnie Laws, Bruce Willis, Brandy, Hoyt Axton, The Crusaders, Dianne Reeves, Dianne Schuur, Dave Grusin, Edgar Winter, Eddie Money, Billy Preston, Ricky Lawson, Harvey Mason, Eric Marienthal, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Brian Bromberg, Frank Gambale, Denver Symphony, Bunny Brunel, Greg Vail, Jimmy Roberts, The China Club All Stars, Patrick Swayze, James Woods, James Moody, Spike Robinson, Ollie Woodson, Paul Jackson Jr., The Meeting, Dwight Sills, Alphonso Johnson, Ndugu Chancler, Jon Gibson, Steve Ferrone ,the Cabana Boys, and others. Some of the venues Rob has appeared in include the Blue Note Clubs around the world, Planethollywood locations around the world, the NAMM Show, Ronnie Scott’s, Brad Pitt/Jennifer Anniston Wedding, The House of Blues, Anaheim Convention Center, Playboy Jazz Festival, Hanoi Opera House, Colorado University, The World Trade Center, Village Vanguard, Jazz Bakery, Manchester Craftsmen Guild, Humphrey’s, Lodi Arts Commission, Sculler’s, Disneyland, and BB King’s Blues Club in Universal City. As an educator, Rob runs a successful privatelessons program focused on taking students into the music business as professionals and has successfully taken his curriculum abroad to Russia and Europe. His books and compositions for students are available through Hal Leonard Publishing and Rob Mullins Publishing.

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“A classic acoustic trio set, Rob Mullins at his best.” – Scott Yanow, jazz journalist/historian

"A gifted improvisor who can tiptoe or stomp" San Francisco Chronicle

"We love your new album STORYTELLER" Lee Berk Berklee School of Music

"Highly recommended" Rick Anderson ALL MUSIC GUIDE

"One of the true unsung heroes of contemporary jazz" Jonathan Widran ALL MUSIC GUIDE

"Breathtaking and tremendously moving, his compositions are a pleasure" Bernard Bauer Music Connection

"Pianist Rob Mullins makes major statements in both jazz and a combination of Latinized-rock into a fusion that is all his own" Glenn Mitchell LA JAZZ SCENE

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Primary Instrument

Piano

Location

Los Angeles

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

A dedicated instructor for 30 years, Rob Mullins runs a top music school in Los Angeles tied to the entertainment industry. Curriculums include jazz studies for piano, wind instruments, singers, and percussionists. Rob also teaches many technology students interested in studio production, songwriting, music for the internet, and music business students. Full information is available at www.planetmullins.com/lessons.htm. Interested musicians can send email to [email protected] for more information.

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Links

Escher's Etude LIVE

From: TRUE
By Rob Mullins

Jazz Straight Ahead

From: Jazz Straight Ahead
By Rob Mullins

PrimeTime

From: Storyteller
By Rob Mullins