Spike Robinson

Genres: Jazz
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Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


Henry Berthold Robinson, 16 January 1930, Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA, d. 29 October 2001, Writtle, Essex, England. Beginning on clarinet and alto saxophone in his early teenage years, Robinson soon discovered that it was hard to make a living playing the kind of music he wanted to play. In 1948 he joined the US Navy as a musician and by 1950 was based in the UK. He was soon regularly jamming at London’s Club Eleven, Downbeat Club and Studio 51 with leading UK beboppers, including Tommy Pollard and Victor Feldman. He made a few records for Carlo Krahmer’s Esquire Records label but eventually was transferred home and demobilized.

Unhappy with the music scene in the Chicago area, he took advantage of the GI Bill Of Rights to study engineering at Detroit University. For most of the next 30 years he lived and worked in Colorado, eventually taking up music again, this time playing tenor saxophone and working nights at local clubs. A constant...

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