|Birth name||Robert Aaron Vineberg|
|Instruments||flute, saxophone, clarinet, piano, guitar, trumpet, bassoon, French horn|
Robert Aaron Vineberg (stage name Robert Aaron) is a Canadian jazz musician. According to John Leland of the New York Times "Mr. Aaron played flute, saxophone, clarinet and piano, then taught himself guitar, trumpet, bassoon, French horn and other instruments." He performed for rapper Wyclef Jean's band from 1998 to 2008. Robin Caulden of Press-Republican said "He's played with everybody — Afrika Bambataa, B52s, Blondie, Chic, David Bowie, Heavy D, James Chance and the The Contortions, RZA, Stetsasonic, William Vivanco and Wu-Tang Clan."
In 1981, he first started work with James Chance for the group James White and the Blacks; and has toured with him since in Europe and Japan. He played sax on David Bowie's 1983 hit Let's Dance. In 2010, Aaron released his album Trouble Man, which Michael Daly of the Daily Beast called "artistically adventurous but commercially unsuccessful". Folk singer Eric Andersen, who used Aaron on several albums as a producer and performer, said "He is telepathic as a musician. He was completely dedicated and loyal to the job. Absolutely dedicated. He lived for his art. He personifies a cool that transcends the hot temperaments."
Aaron was brought up in Montreal. He was discouraged from pursuing music as a career by his father, who taught piano. However, as a teenager in the 1970s, he decided to move to New York to perform and record with his band.
|1982||The Hunter||Blondie||Horn Arrangements, Saxophone|
|1982||Sax Maniac||James White and The Blacks||Drums, Percussion, Piano, Sax (Tenor), Saxophone|
|1983||Let's Dance||David Bowie||Flute, Tenor (Vocal)|
|1983||James White's Flaming Demonics||James Chance||Member of Attributed Artist, Sax (Tenor)|
|1986||L Is for Lover||Al Jarreau||Musician, Reeds|
|1988||In Full Gear||Stetsasonic||Saxophone|
|1990||Changesbowie||David Bowie||Flute, Sax (Tenor)|
|1992||Nubian M.O.B.||Nubian M.O.B.||Bass, Flute, Guitar, Organ (Hammond), Piano, Programming, Saxophone|
|1993||The Album||Masters at Work||Keyboards, Saxophone|
|1995||Run Away||Robert Aaron||Primary Artist|
|1996||Sax in the Ozone||Robert Aaron||Primary Artist|
|1997||Nightbird Inventions||Dominic Duval||Tray Card|
|1998||Memory of the Future||Eric Andersen||Composer, Flute, Keyboard Bass, Keyboards, Organ (Hammond), Producer, Sax (Baritone), Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor), Trumpet|
|1999||No Exit||Blondie||Additional Personnel, Flute, Sax (Baritone), Sax (Tenor)|
|1999||Electric Honey||Luscious Jackson||Flute, Horn|
|2000||You Can't Relive the Past||Eric Andersen||Clarinet, Flute, Piano|
|2000||Fear of Flying||Mýa||Horn|
|2000||It Doesn't Matter||Wyclef Jean||Horn|
|2000||The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book||Wyclef Jean||Horn|
|2001||Goddess in the Doorway||Mick Jagger||Flute, Horn, Keyboards|
|2002||Mr. Jones||Tom Jones||Horn Arrangements, Sax (Baritone), Sax (Tenor), Saxophone|
|2002||Masquerade||Wyclef Jean||Keyboards, Saxophone|
|2003||Frank||Amy Winehouse||Flute, Saxophone|
|2003||Beat Avenue||Eric Andersen||Bass, Bass (Electric), Composer, Flute, Guitar, Keyboards, Melodica, Mixing, Organ, Piano, Producer, Sax (Baritone), Sax (Tenor), Trumpet|
|2003||Live and Kickin'||Willie Nelson||Keyboards|
|2003||Greatest Hits||Wyclef Jean||Horn|
|2003||The Preacher's Son||Wyclef Jean||Flute, Guitar, Melodica, Piano, Saxophone|
|2004||The Street Was Always There||Eric Andersen||Arranger, Audio Production, Bass, Clarinet, Composer, Cuatro, Editing, Flute, Guitar (Bass), Guitar (Electric), Keyboards, Liner Notes, Main Personnel, Melodica, Organ, Piano, Producer, Saxophone, Synthesizer|
|2004||Same Girl||Trina Broussard||Flute, Keyboards, Saxophone|
|2004||Welcome to Haiti: Creole 101||Wyclef Jean||Keyboards, Saxophone|
|2005||Waves||Eric Andersen||Arranger, Bass, Congas, Fender Rhodes, Flute, Guitar (Acoustic), Melodica, Oboe, Organ, Organ (Hammond), Piano, Piccolo, Producer, Quatro, Sax (Alto), Sax (Tenor)|
|2006||Bole2Harlem, Vol. 1||Bole2Harlem||Horn|
|2007||City Beach||Jill Cunniff||Saxophone, Wurlitzer|
|2009||Entertainment||Fischerspooner||Flute, Sax (Alto), Sax (Baritone), Sax (Tenor), Trumpet (Pocket)|
|2010||Stolen Car||Certain General||Saxophone|
|2010||The Saddest Kiss||Robert Aaron||Primary Artist|
|2010||Trouble Man||Robert Aaron||Primary Artist|
|2010||Like a Radio||Charles Schillings||Additional Production, Keyboards, Saxophone|
|2010||Twist Your Soul: The Definitive Collection||James Chance||Organ, Sax (Baritone), Sax (Tenor)|
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- Levitz, Eric (February 5, 2014). "Robert Vineberg Arrested in Connection with PSH Death". Heavy.com. Retrieved May 7, 2014.
- Leland, John (April 11, 2014). "‘An Addict With Friends’". New York Times. Retrieved May 7, 2014.
- Caudell, Robin (May 3, 2012). "New York's 'best-kept secret' playing tonight in Plattsburgh". Press-Republican. Retrieved May 7, 2014.
- Adams, James (February 5, 2014). "Probe of Hoffman’s death catches a Canadian 'musical visionary'". Globe and Mail. Retrieved May 7, 2014.
- Daly, Michael (February 7, 2014). "A Sax Player, Then a Suspect After Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Final Act". Daily Beast. Retrieved May 7, 2014.
- Vultaggio, Maria (February 5, 2014). "Who Is Robert (Aaron) Vineberg? 4 Arrested Related To Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Apparent Heroin Overdose". International Business Times. Retrieved May 7, 2014.
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