The Sound of Jazz
By Brad Beck
Student Multimedia Reporter
|Dr. Marty Robinson on trumpet with The Marty Robinson Quartet.
Every once in a while Marty Robinson is struck by a piece of music. The music may come from a snippet from a radio commercial or a theme song to a TV show. Then Robinson remembers why the tune gives him pause - he had composed it.
Robinson is an associate professor of trumpet and jazz at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. In addition to teaching applied trumpet students, Robinson directs the jazz ensembles and teaches “The Evolutions of Jazz,” a jazz history class offered through the Music Department. Robinson holds degrees from Lawrence University (B.M. in trumpet performance), the Eastman School of Music (M.M. in jazz studies), and Florida State University (D.M. in composition). Prior to coming to UW Oshkosh in 2004, Dr. Robinson served for 10 years as an associate professor of trumpet and jazz studies at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, where he was recognized as “Teacher of the Year” in 2001.
He is the composer and trumpeter on numerous recordings that have been aired in recent years on national television and radio, including music for HBO’s The Sopranos, ABC’s 20/20, Fox’s NFL Films, PBS’s National Geographic, and CBS’s U.S. Open Tennis Coverage, as well as national campaigns for NBC’s ER, Hershey’s Chocolate, ADT Security, Gillette, and Burger King.
Audio Only Podcasts
The following podcast interviews were conducted and produced by student multimedia reporter Brad Beck.
Dr. Robinson speaks about why he enjoys teaching The Evolution of Jazz and the connections students make to history and culture during the class. The Evolution of Jazz will be offered in the Fall of 2012 as a part of the Music Department.
Dr. Robinson touches on his career as a commercial composer for various corporations as well as the major television networks.
Dr. Robinson talks about the afternoon he shared with jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie.
|Dr. Marty Robinson on trumpet at the Fox Jazz Festival with The Marty Robinson Quartet.|
The following audio excerpts are taken from UW Oshkosh Jazz Ensemble with permission from Marty Robinson.
"Beijo Innoncente" (featuring Marty Robinson on trumpet)
"Prelude to a Kiss" by Duke Ellington
"The Dance Denial"