March 23, 2007

Trumpeter Herb Robertson

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LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Herb Robertson Ritual is the third of this semester's Jazz at Bucknell series Wednesday, April 4, at 8:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University. Admission is free to this intimate, all acoustic performance; refreshments are provided.
Virtuoso trumpeter Robertson will be joined by Phil Haynes, percussion, and special guest artist Kelly Knox, dancer.

The program will include "pure improvisation" by this distinctive ensemble, as they draw on East Asian attitudes toward sound, mood, motion, and timing, combined with modern Western harmonic, technical, and media sensibilities.

Herb Robertson

Robertson's jazz combines a thorough command of traditional and extended techniques with a prodigious imagination yielding an utterly original voice. Along with Paul Smoker and Kenny Wheeler, Robertson is among the most innovative improvising trumpeters of the last 25 years. Born and raised in New Jersey, he attended the Berklee School of Music before playing in various jazz and rock bands, eventually joining both saxophonist Tim Berne's band and bassist Mark Helias' groups in early 1980's New York.

In 1985, Robertson recorded as a leader for the first time. Transparency featured Berne, guitarist Bill Frisell, bassist Lindsey Horner, and drummer Joey Baron and was followed by four more recordings for the important JMT label. He recently began his own record label, Ruby Flower Records, with Ana Isabel Ordonez.

As a sideman, Robertson has performed with Anthony Braxton, Anthony Davis, Bobby Previte, David Sanborn, George Gruntz, Bill Frisell, and Paul Motian among many. He tours  Europe several times yearly, is featured regularly on many of their major festivals and media broadcasts, and also composes music for dance and theater. For more information, see

Phil Haynes

Percussionist Phil Haynes has been featured on more than 40 releases by American and European record companies. Critics have compared his drumming to the masters Jack DeJohnette, Roy Haynes and Elvin Jones, and his compositions to Ellington, Ives, Mingus and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. He has 10 recordings as a leader including Continuum with violinist Mark Feldman, 4 Horns & What?, The Hammond Insurgency with organist Jeff Palmer, Free Country with cellist Hank Roberts, and the new solo percussion recording Sanctuary. Haynes was recently appointed 2007-08 jazz artist-in-residence to Bucknell's Music Department.

Kelly Knox

Kelly Knox is assistant professor of dance at Bucknell and co-director of the Bucknell Dance Company. She holds an M.F.A. from the University of Washington and teaches modern, ballet, jazz, composition, dance aesthetics. Witnessing her solo dance artistry in this world-class context will be a revelation for both her students and the Jazz at Bucknell community.

Jazz at Bucknell is a chamber series which was conceived to present international modern masters and young visionaries to the campus and surrounding community several times annually.  Programming showcases the entire tradition of jazz, from standards to the avant-garde, with an eye on artists who continue the innovative tradition of the music with their personal approaches to sound, style, and composition. Jazz at Bucknell is produced by Phil Haynes.

Posted March 23, 2007