Faculty & Staff

Dave Robinson

Traditional Jazz Ensemble

Adjunct Faculty
  • Traditional Jazz Ensemble

Dave Robinson has performed and toured with the top DC-area traditional jazz and swing bands for over 30 years,and currently leads the Conservatory Classic Jazz Band. Years ago he gigged with such swing era veterans as Maxine Sullivan, Billy Butterfield, Steve Jordan, Johnny Blowers, and Bob Haggart. Mr. Robinson’s performance credits include the White House, the Capitol, the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian, New York’s Rainbow Room, New Orleans’ Preservation Hall, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Blues Alley, a royal wedding ball in London, and the Culinary Olympics in Frankfurt. He has been heard on National Public Radio and in various film soundtracks, and appeared on-camera in NBC-TV’s hit show”The West Wing”. Mr. Robinson was a finalist in the State Department’s national Jazz Ambassadors competition, and was an Artist-in-Residence at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. Since 1988, he has directed the award-winning Capital Focus Jazz Band youth ensemble, which has performed across the U.S. and in Canada, France, England, Scotland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, and the Caribbean. Mr. Robinson is the founder of the Traditional Jazz Educators Network, is Past President of the American Federation of Jazz Societies, and has produced the Smithsonian’s Jazz Concert Series. He helped to launch the Traditional Jazz Youth Band Festival at Sacramento State University, where he serves annually as clinician, lecturer and adjudicator, and he also has served on the faculties of the STJS Trad Jazz Youth Camp in the Sierra Nevada mountains and the National Jazz Workshop at Shenandoah University, as well as on the mentor teams of the Jazz Education Network and the National Association for Music Education. Mr. Robinson hosted “The French Quarter” on Sirius XM Satellite Radio for three years, drawn from his huge archive of trad jazz recordings. He is the author and producer of the nationally-acclaimed Traditional Jazz Curriculum Kit, published in partnership with the Jazz Education Network (JEN), the Smithsonian, the National Endowment for the Arts, and various foundations.

Contact Prof. Robinson: drobin17@gmu.edu

Visit Dave Robinson online:

Student Band www.capitalfocusjazzband.com

Adult Band www.ccjazzband.com

Jazz Education prjc.org/tjen