Pete Robbins & Centric

Pete Robbins & Centric

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"[Robbins] speaks to the younger generation of forward-thinking music listeners....[He] is transforming the concept of jazz into a new medium...Pete Robbins is a bright new star." (Grady Harp) PLEASE VISIT PETEROBBINS.COM OR WWW.MYSPACE.COM/PETEROBBINS FOR ADDITIONAL SOUND FILES AND MORE INFO!

Biography

Pete Robbins moved to New York in September, 2002, and immediately became “a welcome presence on the creative music scene.” He leads his group “Pete Robbins & Centric” at such venues as the 55 Bar, Cornelia Street Café, the Tea Lounge, Bar 4, the Bowery Poetry Club, Biscuit, and others. Robbins tours regularly in Europe as a bandleader (Company of Heaven booking agency), and plays regularly in Philadelphia, Washington DC, Burlington, Cambridge, and Boston. Robbins’ groups also appear yearly at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival and Aarhus International Jazz Festival (Denmark).

Robbins’ second record, "Waits and Measures", was released on PLAYSCAPE RECORDINGS (www.playscape-recordings.com) in September, 2006. It received rave reviews in such publications as the New York Times and JazzTimes magazine. In addition to the group heard on "Waits & Measures", robbins has also had more avant-garde projects with such musicians as Mark Dresser, Randy Peterson, and Daniel Levin. After stints in Boston and Copenhagen, Robbins now resides in Brooklyn.

In addition to his performing and recording pursuits, Robbins also curated a jazz series at the Cornelia Street Café on behalf of “Music for America”, a partisan non-profit organzation promoting political and social awareness through live music. Groups led by such jazz luminaries as Dave Douglas, Uri Caine, Ravi Coltrane, Bill McHenry, Rodney Green, John O’gallagher, and others shared the bill with Robbins’ group Centric at each concert.

In September 2004, the Village Voice recognized Robbins’ musical, promotional, and political efforts by naming him their "Featured Jazz Pick" for the fall season.

Chamber Music America recently awarded robbins with their prestigious “New Works: Creation and Presentation” grant, on behalf of the Doris Duke Foundation. Robbins was commissioned to adapt choral works of 17th century Italian composer Carlo Gesualdo for his own band, Centric.

robbins’ band – as heard on his new recording waits & measures – features thomas morgan (steve coleman, david binney) on bass and dan weiss (miguel zenon, david binney, donny mccaslin) on drums.

Discography

Pete Robbins - Waits and Measures - (2006)
Pete Robbins - Centric (2002)

Set List

7 original songs, approximately 7 minutes each