Bill Robinson (jazz singer)

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Bill Robinson
Bill Robinson photo by Terry Carlini.jpg
Born (1929-02-14) February 14, 1929 (age 88)[1]
Parkersburg, West Virginia, US[1]
Residence Summit, New Jersey[1]
Occupation Jazz singer[1]
Years active 77+[1]

Bill Robinson is an African-American tenor jazz singer[2][3] based in New Jersey who is notable for having a long career and for continuing to perform in his 80s.[1] His voice has been described as "gleaming"[1] and "lustrous"[4] with a "sure sense of swing".[1] He has performed with jazz pianist Betty Liste,[1][5] jazz guitarists John Zweig[1] and John Carlini,[1][6][7][8][9] violinist Marion Mansfield,[10] mandolinist Don Stiernberg,[11] Brian Glassman,[11] and many others. He sings a variety of genres, including the Great American Songbook, jazz standards, bluegrass music, classical music, gypsy music, Brazilian music, and others.[11] He has performed at the Apollo Theater in New York.[1] He has opened for comedian Jackie Mason[1] and jazz vibraphonist Lionel Hampton.[1] As a youth, Robinson began singing at the age of six, and heard great singers such as Louis Armstrong and Cab Calloway.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Zan Stewart (July 23, 2009). "Bill Robinson stays young by singing jazz". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  2. ^ "Mother's Day Dance". Maplewood Patch. May 9, 2010. Retrieved 2012-04-25. Mother's Day dance features jazz vocalist Bill Robinson and master of ceremonies Kevin Chambers. 
  3. ^ Liz Alterman (August 22, 2011). "Laura Hull Jazzes Up Ponte Vecchio". New Providence Berkeley Heights Patch. Archived from the original on January 31, 2013. Retrieved 2012-04-25. ... Bill Robinson, a jazz singer in his 80s,... 
  4. ^ Zan Stewart (June 18, 2009). "Food and Song at The Hibiscus Restaurant". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2012-04-25. ....the lustrous-voiced Bill Robinson, another captivating proponent of classic songs.... 
  5. ^ John Arthur (March 8, 2011). "Jazz at Hibiscus: Betty Liste and Bill Robinson". Morristown Patch. Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  6. ^ "Smooth Jazz at Uproot Restaurant". Warren Patch. September 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-25. ... John Carlini with Bill Robinson... 
  7. ^ "Your Weekend is Packed With Holiday Options". Morristown Patch. December 15, 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-25. ... John Carlini & Bill Robinson "A Christmas Gift"... 
  8. ^ "Chatham House Concerts Presents John Carlini & Bill Robinson "A Christmas Gift"". Chatham Patch. December 17, 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  9. ^ Tim Wilkins (September 20, 2011). "Jazz bits: Hyman in Madison, Charlie Parker Jazz Festival". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  10. ^ "Concert at SAGE Eldercare in Summit". Chatham Patch. July 13, 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-25. ...will feature John Carlini, guitar, Bill Robinson, vocalist, and Marion Mansfield, violinist. ... 
  11. ^ a b c "Celebrate the American Songbook and Jazz Month at Fanwood library". Suburban News. April 9, 2009. Retrieved 2012-04-25. 

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