Robert Hurst (musician)

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Robert L. Hurst, III
Robert Hurst performing at The University of Michigan
Background information
Birth name Robert Hurst
Born (1964-10-04) October 4, 1964 (age 49)
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Genres Jazz, post-bop, jazz poetry, classical
Occupations Musician, composer, artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center orchestra and opera, educator
Instruments Bass
Years active 1980–present
Associated acts Sir Paul McCartney, Wynton Marsalis, Brandford Marsalis, Diana Krall, Terrance Blanchard, Chris Botti, Ravi Coltrane, Dave Brubeck, Marcus Belgrave
Website roberthurst.com

Robert Hurst (born October 4, 1964) is an American jazz bassist.

Hurst played guitar early in his career before concentrating on bass. He worked with Out of the Blue in 1985 and also did work with musicians such as Tony Williams, Mulgrew Miller, Harry Connick Jr., Geri Allen, Russell Malone, and Steve Coleman. From 1986 to 1991 Hurst played in Wynton Marsalis's ensemble, and played with Branford Marsalis in the early 1990s. He was also a member of The Tonight Show Band.[1] His debut as a leader, 1993's Robert Hurst Presents, reached #13 on the Billboard Top Jazz Albums chart.[2] He currently teaches jazz bass at the University of Michigan.

Bebob Music, Inc. (BMI)[edit]

  • 3 for Lawrence – BoB: a Palindrome, Robert Hurst
  • Picked from Nick – BoB: a Palindrome, Robert Hurst
  • Big Queen – BoB: a Palindrome, Robert Hurst
  • Middle Passage Suite: Part I – For Those of Us Who Made It – BoB: a Palindrome, Robert Hurst
  • Middle Passage Suite: Part II – For Those of Us Who Didn't Make It – BoB: a Palindrome, Robert Hurst
  • Middle Passage Suite: Part II – For Those of Us Still Here – BoB: a Palindrome, Robert Hurst
  • Little Queen – BoB: a Palindrome, Robert Hurst
  • Indiscreet in da Street – BoB: a Palindrome, Robert Hurst
  • Jamming – aka Ichabad – BoB: a Palindrome, Robert Hurst
  • Obama Victory Dance – Bob Ya Head, Robert Hurst
  • Optimism – Bob Ya Head, Robert Hurst
  • X Static – Bob Ya Head, Robert Hurst
  • Comes You Comes Love (Intro) – Bob Ya Head, Robert Hurst
  • Comes You Comes Love – Bob Ya Head, Robert Hurst
  • Forty Four – Bob Ya Head, Robert Hurst
  • Da, Da, Da, Dah – Bob Ya Head, Robert Hurst
  • Munyungo In Da Jungle (Intro) – Bob Ya Head, Robert Hurst
  • Munyungo In Da Jungle – Bob Ya Head, Robert Hurst
  • Oral Roberto – Bob Ya Head, Robert Hurst
  • Alice and John – Bob Ya Head, Robert Hurst
  • Unintellectual Property – Bob Ya Head, Robert Hurst
  • When Drums Stop – Bob Ya Head, Robert Hurst
  • Truth Revealed w/Intro – Unrehurst, Volume 2, Robert Hurst
  • Bob's 5/4 Tune – Unrehurst, Volume 2, Robert Hurst
  • Bob's Blues – Unrehurst, Volume 2, Robert Hurst
  • BuWaynea – Unrehurst, Volume 2, Robert Hurst
  • Unrehurst – Unrehurst, Volume 2, Robert Hurst
  • Dr. Bluess – Unrehurst, Volume 2, Robert Hurst
  • Beddy-Bye Wishes – Family Album, Vol. 1, Robert Hurst
  • Childish Things – Family Album, Vol. 1, Robert Hurst
  • Child Abuse – Family Album, Vol. 1, Robert Hurst
  • Judy's Jig – Family Album, Vol. 1, Robert Hurst
  • Brown Sugar – Original Music Score, Fox Searchlight Films, Robert Hurst
  • The Blue Lobster – Original Music Score, Dogma 2000, Robert Hurst
  • The Wood – Original Music Score, Paramount Pictures and MTV Films Production, Robert Hurst
  • Git in There – OTB, OTB (Out of the Blue)
  • R H Factor – OTB, OTB (Out of the Blue)
  • The Dark Knight – Crazy People Music, Branford Marsalis
  • The Dark Knight – The Steep Anthology, Branford Marsalis
  • Our Gang – The Nurturer, Geri Allen
  • Roused About – Scene One, Vincent Herring
  • Roused About – The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born, Branford Marsalis
  • Beats Remark – The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born, Branford Marsalis
  • Brother Try'n to Catch a Cab on the East Side Blues – 'I Heard You Twice the First Time, Branford Marsalis
  • Simi Valley Blues – I Heard You Twice the First Time, Brandford Marsalis
  • Down for the Cause – Robert Hurst Presents: Robert Hurst, Robert Hurst
  • Blue Freeze – Robert Hurst Presents: Robert Hurst, Robert Hurst
  • Aycrigg – Robert Hurst Presents: Robert Hurst, Robert Hurst
  • Joyce Faye – Robert Hurst Presents: Robert Hurst, Robert Hurst
  • Detroit Red – Robert Hurst Presents: Robert Hurst, Robert Hurst
  • Detroit Red – 20th Century Fox Films, In Living Color TV Series
  • The Snake Charmer – Robert Hurst Presents: Robert Hurst, Robert Hurst
  • Incessant Lullaby – Robert Hurst Presents: Robert Hurst, Robert Hurst
  • Incessant Lullaby ... Bye – Robert Hurst Presents: Robert Hurst, Robert Hurst
  • Bert's Flirt – Robert Hurst Presents: Robert Hurst, Robert Hurst
  • Devil's Night in Motown – Robert Hurst Presents: Robert Hurst, Robert Hurst
  • Walk of the Negress- Robert Hurst Presents: Robert Hurst, Robert Hurst
  • Walk of the Negress- New Real Books, Vol. 1–2, Sher Music Publications
  • IncogNegro – One for Namesake, Robert Hurst
  • Chillin' At the Sloat – One for Namesake, Robert Hurst
  • Thad's Blue Plaid – One for Namesake, Robert Hurst
  • Jill of all Trades – One for Namesake, Robert Hurst
  • Swing'n on Swole – One for Namesake, Robert Hurst
  • The Onlyest – One for Namesake, Robert Hurst
  • One for Namesake – One for Namesake, Robert Hurst
  • Inuendo In Yo Window – One for Namesake, Robert Hurst
  • C-Ya – One for Namesake, Robert Hurst
  • Jill's Groove – One for Namesake, Robert Hurst
  • Journey of Now – Jazz in the Spirit, Terri Lynne Carrington

Television[edit]

  • NBC – The Tonight Show Band on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1992–1999
  • Saturday Night Live
  • NBC Today Show
  • The Arsenio Hall Show
  • CBS This Morning
  • ABC Good Morning America
  • The Joan Rivers Show
  • The Craig Kilborn Show
  • ABC Live: Regis and Kelly Show
  • A & E Network
  • Universal TV: "M.A.N.T.I.S." (TV Series-Theme)

Featured Performances and Interviews[edit]

  • NBC – "The Tonight Show" w/Jay Leno
  • CNN – "Showbiz: On the Shelf"
  • WDIV – "TV4-Detroit News"
  • Black Family Channel" – "Literary Living"
  • KNBC – "Friday Night Videos"
  • 20th Century Fox – "In Living Color" – Featuring: "Detroit Red" by R.L. Hurst
  • PBS-"Happy Birthday Ella: A Tribute …"

Discography[edit]

Robert Hurst

  • Bob: a Palindome, 2013"
  • Bob Ya Head, 2011
  • Unrehurst, Vol. 2 2011
  • Unrehurst, Vol. 1 2002
  • Family Album, Volume One, (Unreleased)
  • Robert Hurst: One for Namesake, 1993
  • Robert Hurst Presents: "Robert Hurst", 1992

D3 [Robert Hurst, Geri Allen & Karriem Riggins]

  • "…In Production…" 2013

Wynton Marsalis

  • J-Mood (Grammy Awardee), 1986
  • Marsalis Standard Time, Vol. 1 (Grammy Awardee 1991 & RIAA-Gold 1994), 1991
  • Live at Blues Alley, 1988, 1991
  • Marsalis Standard Time, Intimacy Calling, Vol. II, 1986, 1991
  • Marsalis Standard Time, Resolution of Romance, Vol. III, 1990
  • Thick in the South: Soul Gestures in Southern Blue, V, 1998, 1991
  • Trio, 2004

Branford Marsalis

  • The Steep Anthology, 2004
  • Renaissance, 1986
  • Crazy People Music, 1990
  • The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born, 1991
  • I Hear You Twice the First Time (Grammy Awardee), 1992
  • Buckshot La Fonque, 1994
  • Mo Better Blues Soundtrack (Grammy Nominated), 1991. Jazz Thing: Kenny Kirland, Robert, Hurst, Gangstarr
  • Stolen Moments: Red, Hot & Cool, GRP – Various Artists, 1993

Harry Connick, Jr.

  • "20" (Grammy Awardee 1991), 1991

(RIAA- Gold 1991 & RIAA – Platinum 1994)

Donald Brown

  • Born to be Blue, 2013
  • Fast Forward to the Past, 2008
  • Early Bird, 1995
  • People Music, 1992

SF Jazz Collective

  • Inaugural Season-Live, 2004 (3-CD Set, Limited Edition)

Charles Lloyd

  • Jumping the Creek, 2005

Yo-Yo Ma

  • Songs of Joy & Peace, 2008

Ellis Marsalis

  • Ellis Marsalis Trio, 1990
  • Whistle Stop, 1993

Tony Williams

  • Native Heart, 1990
  • Best of Tony Williams, 1985

Steve Coleman

  • Strata Institute Cipher Syntax, 1997

Mulgrew Miller

  • From Day to Day, 1991

David Holmes

  • The Free Association, 2002, 2006

Vincent Chandler

  • "Embraceable" 2014

Phillip Manuel

  • Love Happened to Me, 2000

Robert Glasper

  • Mood, 2004

OTB

  • Out of the Blue, 1985
  • Inside Track, 1986, 1990

Buddy Montgomery

  • A Love Affair in Paris, 2002

Michael Buble'

  • It's Time, 2005 (RIAA-Gold 2005) (RIAA-Platinum 2005)
  • Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, "Too Close for Comfort", Verve, 2007

Chris Botti

  • To Love Again: The Duets, 2005 (2006 Grammy Awardee)
  • Live in Boston CD/DVD, 2009 (Best Long Form Music Vide Grammy Nominee + Best Pop Instrumental Nominee)
  • This is Chris Botti, (2011)
  • Impressions, 2012 (2013 Grammy Awardee)

Sir Paul McCartney

  • Kisses on the Bottom, 2012 (2013 Grammy Awardee)
  • The Christmas Song, Holiday Rules | Various Artists, 2012

The New Sound Quartet Featuring Joe Locke * Geoffrey Keezer

  • Summertime, 2005

Diana Krall

  • Christmas Songs, Featuring the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Verve, 2005 (No. 1. Billboard, RIAA-GOld 2006) & (Juno Awardee, Xmas CD of the year 2006)
  • Live in Montreal, Canada – DVD, Verve, 2005 (Juno Awardee, DVD of the year 2006)
  • From This Moment On, Verve, 2006 (Grammy Nominated 2006 & Juno Awardee, best vocal jazz album 2007)

Kenny Garrett

  • Beyond the Wall, Nonesuch Records, 2006 (Grammy Nominated 2006)

Kathy Kosins

  • You Fascinate Me So, 2006

Luis Miguel

  • Navidades, Warner Music Latina, 2006 (No 2 Billboard, Latin Album-12/06)

Dane Cook

  • "I'll Never Be You", Web cast – Deancook.com, 2007

Frank Fontaine

  • Wisdom Rising, 2007

Cynthia Felton

  • Afro Blue: The Music of Oscar Brown Jr., 2006

Kenny Kirkland

  • Kenny Kirkland, 1991

Greg Osby

  • St. Louis Shoes, 2003
  • Public, 2004
  • Live at the Jazz Standard, 2005

Rene Marie

  • Vertigo, 2001

Ronald Muldrow

  • Mapenzi, 2004

Bette Midler

  • Bette Midler sings Peggy Lee, 2005

Tony Lakatos

  • Hometown, 2012

Lou Rawls

  • Seasons 4 U, 1998

Chihiro Yamanaka

  • Outside by the Swing, 2005

Diane Reeves

  • That Day, 1997

Kevin Eubanks

  • Live at Bradley's, 1994

Miki Coltrane

  • I think of You, 1997

Bruce Barth

  • In Focus, 1993

Russell Malone

  • Russell Malone, 1991

Bill Mobley

  • New Light, 2002
  • Moodscape, 2007

Wayne Kramer's Lexington Arts Ensemble

  • Lexington, 2007

Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, Los Angeles

  • Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue", 2007

Vincent Herring

  • Scene One, 1988

Terumasa Hino

  • BlueStruck, 1989

Ricky Ford

  • Hard Groovin', 1989

Vinx

  • Rooms in my Fatha's House, 1991

Carmen Bradford

  • With Respect, 1993

Vanessa Rubin

  • Vanessa Ruben Sings, 1995

Various Artists

  • Jazzy Wonderland, 1990
  • Columbia Jazz: Limited Edition, 1994
  • Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool, 1994
  • RCA Victor 80th Anniversary [Collector's Edition], 1997
  • Fish-Tree-Water Blues, 1999
  • Live at the Baked Potato, Vol. 1, 2001
  • Blue Note '86, 2007

Mark Winkler

  • Easy the Hard Way, 2000

Keb Mo

  • Big Wide Grin, 2001

Joe Louis Walker

  • Pasa Tiempo, 2002

Mike Clark

  • Summertime, 2003

Simon Denmore

  • Deep, Down and Discofied, 2006

Jill Scott

  • Collaborations, 2007

Geri Allen

  • The Nurturer, 1990

John Beasley

  • Surfacing, 2001

Rene Rosnes Trio

  • Face to Face, 1989

Marvin "Smitty" Smith

  • Road Less Traveled, 1989

Dave Stryker

  • Guitar on Top, 1991

Rickey Kelly

  • Here's to Good People, 1995

Eric Reed

  • West Coast Jazz Summit, 1995

Jean Toussaint

  • Blue Black, 2002

Rodney Posey & Praise

  • El Shaddai, 1999

Joe Gilman

  • Treasure Chest, 2000

Paul Jackson, Jr.

  • Power of the String, 2001

Dick Weller

  • New West, 2003

Roland Guerin

  • Groove, Swing and Harmony, 2005

Smithsonian Jazz Masters Orchestra

  • A Tribute to Sy Oliver, 1991

Patti La Belle

  • Miss Patti's Christmas, 2007

Lisa Lovbrand

  • Embraceable, 2007, 2010

Karriem Riggins

  • The Virtuoso Experience, 2009

Scott Kinsey

  • Kinesthetics, 2007

David Virelles

  • "…In Production…" 2013

Isley Brothers

  • I'll Be Home for Christmas, 2007

Willie Nelson

  • Willie and the Wheel, 2009

Barbara Streisand

  • Love is the Answer, 2009

(RIAA-Gold 2010 & Grammy Nominated 2010)

Rick Roe

  • "…In Production…", 2013

Robi Botos

  • "…In Production…", 2013

Film and Video[edit]

  • Steven Soderburgh – "Ocean's Thirteen", 2007
  • Steven Soderburgh – "The Good German", 2006
  • George Clooney – "Good Night and Good Luck", 2005
  • "Steven Soderburgh" – "Ocean's Twelve", 2004
  • "Steven Soderburgh" – "Ocean's Eleven", 2000
  • "MTV Films on VH-1" – Tamara Davis, "Single Ladies", 2011
  • "PBS Great Performances" – "Happy Birthday Ella: A Tribute to the First Lady of Song", 2007
  • "HBO Green House Productions" – "Mackie Austin "Hard Road Home", 2007
  • "Sony Music Entertainment" – "Chris Botti" in Boston, 2009
  • "The Verve Music Group" – "Live at the Montreal Jazz Festival" with Diana Krall, Verve, 2005
  • "ABC" – "Their Eyes Were Watching God", 2005
  • "Horn of the Moon Productions" – Paco Farias Short Film, "Broken", 2003
  • "Brown Sugar" – 2002
  • "Men of Honor" – 2000
  • Dinner with Friends – HBO Films. RL. Hurst musician, original score by Dave Grusin
  • "The Blue Lobster" – Dogma 2000 Presentation
  • The Wood – Paramount Pictures presents an MTV Films Production
  • Beverly Hillbillies, Been There Done That, Theme & Soundtrack
  • Spike Lee "Clockers", "Mo' Better Blues", "Do the Right Thing" – Soundtrack
  • "USC-Independent Productions – "The Expendables", Featuring: "Brother Try 'n Catch a Cab on the East Side Blues & "Simi Valley Blues" by Robert Hurst
  • 20th Century Fox Film Co., Keenan Wayans – "In Living Color" Featuring: "Detroit Red" by Robert Hurst (A dance bumper for the Fly Girls)
  • Acorn Productions, Bernie Casey – "The Dinner"
  • CBS Music Video Enterprises: Wynton Marsalis-"Blues & Swing"
  • Columbia Records & Pennebaker Associates, Inc., Branford Marsalis"-"The Music Tells You": Title track, "Roust About" Composed by Robert Hurst (Jazz Hall of Fame Inductee)
  • Sony Music International Branford Marsalis – BB's Blues
  • Chanticleer FilmsMarco Williams – "Without a Pass Featuring compositions by Robert Hurst (Cable Ace Award Nominee)

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in the United States.

  • Kisses on the Bottom – Sir Paul McCartney, 2013 Best Tradition Pop Vocal Album
  • Impressions – Chris Botti, 2013 Best Pop Instrumental Album
  • Songs of Joy and Peace – Yo Yo Ma, 2010 Best Classical Crossover Album and Producer of the Year
  • Good Night and Good Luck – Featuring Dianne Reeves – 2006 Best Jazz Vocal Album
  • I Heard You Twice the First Time – Branford Marsalis – 1992 Best Instrumental Jazz Performance, Individual or Group
  • Marsalis Standard Time, Vol. 1 – 1991 Best Instrumental Jazz Performance, Group
  • J Mood – Wynton Marsalis, 1985 – Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Group

Grammy Nominations[edit]

  • Love is the Answer Barbra Streisand, 2009 Best Traditional Pop Album
  • From This Moment On Diana Krall, 2006 Best Jazz Vocal Album
  • Christmas Songs Featuring: the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Diana Krall, 2006-National/International Jazz Production of the Year
  • To Love Again The Duets, Chris Botti, 2006-Best Pop Instrumental Album
  • Beyond the Wall Kenny Garrett, 2006 – Best Jazz Instrumental Album
  • Mo Better Blues, Soundtrack Best Jazz Instrumental Performance – Group

Oscar Nomination[edit]

  • Good Night and Good Luck – Featuring Dianne Reeves

Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)[edit]

Gold Albums[edit]

  • Love is the Answer Barbra Streisand
  • Christmas Songs, Featuring: the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra Diana Krall
  • Marsalis Standard Time, Vol. 1 Wynton Marsalis
  • 20 Harry Connick, Jr.
  • Beyond the Wall Kenny Garrett, 2006 – Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Platinum Albums[edit]

  • In Boston Chris Botti
  • It's Time Michael Buble
  • 20 Harry Connick, Jr.

Performances[edit]

References[edit]