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Reginald Robinson

Birth name  Reginald R. Robinson
Instruments  Piano
Labels  Delmark 88Pm
Genres  Jazz
Awards  MacArthur Fellowship
Occupation(s)  Musician
Years active  1992 – present
Name  Reginald Robinson
Record label  Delmark Records

Born  October 19, 1972 (age 43) (1972-10-19)
Origin  Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Role  Composer ·
Albums  Sounds In Silhouette, Euphonic Sounds, The Strongman, Man Out of Time
Similar People  Orbert Davis, John William Boone, Chicago Sinfonietta, Dee Alexander, Sue Keller

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Reginald R. Robinson (born October 19, 1972) is an American composer, jazz pianist, performer, educator, performing artist, and studio recording artist who is widely known for his ragtime compositions. In 2004, he received a MacArthur Genius Grant.


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Robinson was raised by working class parents in Chicago, for many years living in the Henry Horner Homes, a South Side housing project. His interest in older music started at home in 1984 with his older brother Marlando playing music on the guitar and listening to big band jazz recordings on chuck schaden's old time radio classics. Robinson's love for ragtime started In 1986, when he was in 7th grade. Composer/trumpeter Orbert Davis visited his school with a group called From Bach To Bebop through Urban Gateways. They performed a variety of musical works including Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer". This piece intrigued Reginald because though he heard it played many times over by the local ice-cream trucks in his neighborhood he'd never considered it as serious piece of music that he could play himself. Robinson taught himself music; By 1987 his mother purchased a piano from a moving neighbor where he spent the next three years of his life submerged in the self study of music.

In 1988 Robinson paid took a few lessons with Professor Theodore Bargman at the American Conservatory of Music in downtown Chicago. He also briefly studied sightreading with a young pianist named Steve Slowik at a piano retail shop (Field's Piano & Organ Co. located in the 77th block of Ashland on Chicago's south side). Robinson taught himself the intricacies of ragtime piano.

In 1989 he began composing the pieces that would constitute his debut album The Strong Man. In 1992 Robinson was introduce to pianist Jon Weber. Jon helped Robinson make a professional demo of his compositions and arranged for his first public performance at The Green Mill in September 1992. The demo was largely used as part of Robinson's debut release "The Strong Man" the following year for Delmark Records.

The Strong Man was followed by Sounds in Silhouette (1994), and Euphonic Sounds (1998) all released on Delmark Records.

In 2004 Robinson nearly stopped playing the piano until learning that he had won the prestigious John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur "genius" Award. The award recognizes “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.” Besides the award financing his continued playing, it boosted his profile in the jazz community and financed the release of his long awaited self work Man Out of Time (2006). In January 2010, Robinson released a 3 disc compilation called Reflection. This three disc set of over 60 original audio and visual performances features new spanning recordings of works from over 22 years of his writing.

Robinson has absolute pitch.

Selected discography

  • The Strongman (1993 – Delmark)
  • Sounds in Silhouette (1994 – Delmark)
  • Euphonic Sounds (1998 – Delmark)
  • Man Out of Time (2007 – self released)
  • Reflections (2010 – self released)
  • Songs

    Euphonic Sounds
    Still Water Blues
    Ragtime Bobolink
    Adventures In Wonderland
    Cottontail Rag
    Sounds In Silhouette
    Man Out of Time
    The 19th Galaxy
    A Ragtime Jamboree
    Don't Turn Away
    Head Over Heels - Over You
    The Amethyst
    Lost Deep In The Jungles
    Rosalea Two-Steps
    So Deeply
    Dance of The Sea Creatures
    Mr Murphy's Blues
    Tears of Joy
    Four Horsemen of The Apocalypse
    The Pride of Queen City
    Lightning Strikes Twice
    Sweet Envy
    Babe - It's Too Long Off
    Raggy Rag
    Pekin Rag
    The Daredevil's Gallop
    Space Coaster Ride
    The Moon Is Shining In The Skies
    Joplin Song Fragment
    Truly Yours
    Frog Legs Rag


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