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IRENE ROBBINS

 
 

Irene Robbins creative musician is a decisive figure in the jazz and blues scene as both pianist and vocalist. She began her journey at the age of 7 with the violin , moving almost immediately to the piano, and always accompanying herself and participating in city and state honors choirs. Her first experience on stage was at the age of 8, growing up in a musical family and continuing on to get her BA at Michigan State University in choir direction, piano, voice and creative writing. This led her to writing her own compositions and many lyrics she has written to jazz standards. She began almost immediately giving concerts in Europe with Art Studio 5tet, and has had numerous other collaborations as well as being the leader of various groups.

Irene Robbins has recorded on 7 records both in the USA and Europe. Well known for her energetic and charismatic performances she is always able to touch the audience and engage them while always finding her original approach to the music. This energy is well distributed in her many musical projects and styles. From classic to modern jazz, blues, soul, r&b, motown, gospel, and the classics making her an important protagonist in concerts and festivals worldwide.

She leads vocal workshops "Finding Your Voice" and "Voice Therapy" and teaches both voice and piano privately and in schools and jazz festivals.

She has worked with Tony Remy, James Carter, Tommy Campbell, Marcus Belgrave, Enrico Rava, Ralphe Armstrong, Rodney Whitaker, Keiko Borjeson, Marianne Hayden, Michael Rosen, Francisco Mora, Lawrence Williams, Ivano Borgazzi, Gayelynn McKinney, Fabrizio Puglisi, John Dana, Carlo Actis Dato, Vince Vallicelli, Flavio Boltro, Giulio Capiozzo, and many others in the USA: Detroit, Chicago, New York; in Europe: Switzerland, France, Germany, England, and all over Italy and Japan.