Curriculum Vitae- Jonathan Ritchey Robinson
Born on May 1st, 1970 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada to parents Jill Ann and William B. Robinson from New Orleans, Louisiana. Jonathan Robinson is also a descendant of elder William Brewster who came to North America on the Mayflower, one of the many great-great grandsons of Edmund Robinson, the surgeon and tenor singer mentioned in the book by David Holt, „ A Mississippi Rebel in the Army of Northern Virginia“.
1984-8 Graduated from Foxborough High School. Foxborough, Massachusetts
Learned clarinet, drums and percussion, electric bass, upright bass, tuba and sang extensively in the choir. Began private study of Double Bass with Bruce Gertz, BCoM.
1988-1992 University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Awarded a Bachelor of Music in classical Performance on the Double Bass combined with Afro-American musical studies. Professors included Salvatore Macchia, Yusef Lateef, Archie Shepp, Andy Jaffee, Bruce Gertz. Regular professional engagements in the greater Boston area. 1990 participant in the Solo Bass Competition of the International Society of Bassists, New York, NY
It was in Amherst Massachusetts that Jonathan Robinson met the pianist Greg Burk which started a long term friendship and working relationship still continuing currently.
1992-1993 Nightly engagement in Louis's Charleston Grill, Charleston, S.C.
1993-2000 Relocated to Boston, Massachusetts to work as professional musician. Performances with among others, Greg Burk, Pierre Hurel, Archie Shepp, Kevin So, Chris Waller, Ron Poster, Bob Moses, Jerry Bergonzi, The Heavy Metal Horns, The Neptune Ensemble, The Big Apple Circus, Lenny Hochman, Mitch Seidman and in addition a crosscultural myriad of bands in genres like, Merengue, Salsa, Blues, Armenian, Blue Grass, RnB, chamber orchestras, improvised music etc. In 1998 Robinson co-founded with Greg Burk the record label „Planet Pomegranate Records“ and released the album „Dream After a Large Lunch“ FAT DRAGON PPR 1553.
2000-2004 Residence in New York City. Performing and recording with Greg Burk, Jay Collins, Phillip Roebuck, Reverend Freakchild, Tinker, Trubadore, Gerard Smith, Billy Nemec, The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn, and a wide range of musical projects in a broad spectrum of genres, modern jazz, world music, new music, blues, salsa, merengue, blue grass and country.
2004 to present Resident of Berlin, Berlin. A producer, composer, performer, multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Robinson has produced and supported himself and many other great artists in the internationally reknowned and growing Berlin music scene. Shortly after arriving in Berlin Jonathan Robinson joined the band „For Free Hands“, a balkan-jazz-fusion project led by Andreas Brunn featuring the bulgarian saxophonist Vladimir Karparov, and the Balkan folk music trio „Balkanova“ featuring the outstanding vocalist Viktoria Lasarov. „Robinson verfügt über eine solide Technik, und seine solistische Darbietungen mit dem Bogen gehören zu dem Höhepunkten des Konzerts. eng. Robinson has a solid technique at his disposal, and his offerings with the bow belong to the high-points of the concert.“ Louis Reitz, Weiden
From Berlin outwards Jonathan Robinson has been an active performer, composer, arranger and educator on the international concert and workshop circuit performing with such artists as Kelvin Sholar, Carl Craig, Gary Garrison, Jeff Tain Watts, David Gilmour, John Tchikai, Charles Gayle, Tribe, The Reverend Freakchild, Moritz von Oswald, Stoyan Yankoulo, George Garzone and many more.
In 2009 Jonathan Robinson released an album of his compositions entitled „Spatial Stasis“ (ITM 14126 Robinson, bass; Greg Burk. Piano; Ignaz Dinné, alto saxophone; Jan-Olaf Rodt, guitar; John B. Arnold, drums) "With the first CD under his name he is stepping in the footprints of the great bassists/composers in Jazz – from Charles Mingus through Stanley Clarke, Peter Kowald to Avishai Cohen. In short: Jonathan Robinson plays himself on Spatial Stasis and in this way creates his own musical universe for himself – and for his musicians and audience: Out of space, deep into space, real in motion. As you like it. Let yourself be seduced!“ Carina Prange, Jazzdimensions.de
Jonathan Robinson is currently bassist and lead singer for the Rathaus Ramblers a good old-time swing band known for their local hit-song „Friedrichshain, mein Friedrichshain!“ with current release „Old Time Swing Music“ available at Sungroove.de records. Jonathan Robinson is also the creator, banjo player and lead singer for the O.S.Robinson Lumber Company a country blues, african and appalachian roots band. Jonathan Robinson is also the guitarist for Hans die Wanze, an ensemble led by Johanna von Kuczkowski specializing in german children's music.
"With the first CD under his name he is stepping in the footprints of the great bassists/composers in Jazz – from Charles Mingus through Stanley Clarke, Peter Kowald to Avishai Cohen. In short: Jonathan Robinson plays himself on Spatial Stasis and in this way creates his own musical universe for himself – and for his musicians and audience: Out of space, deep into space, real in motion. As you like it. Let yourself be seduced!“ Carina Prange, Jazzdimensions.de
„Jonathan Robinson überzeugt derweil mit zurückhaltendem und dennoch prägnantem Bassspiel: Behände wechselt er zwischen Zupfen, Schlagen und Streichen und stiftet Basis und Zusammenhalt.“ Kiele Zeitung
„Robinson verfügt über eine solide Technik, und seine solistische Darbietungen mit dem Bogen gehören zu dem Höhepunkten des Konzerts.“ Louis Reitz, Weiden
" Jonathan Robinson, a bassist with a big sound who is as capable of melodic arco work as he is of swinging hard, " John Kelman, All About Jazz
"Robinson lays down a rhythmic foundation, but he manages to interject intricate phraseology to move the performance up several notches on the improvised music scale. His backdrops behind the soloing of Burk become featured events on their own, although they are not in competition with the piano. Robinson makes his statements an integral part of the three-way communiqué that continually wraps the totality of the sound in the warm glow of his bass." Frank Rubolino, All About Jazz