Hank Roberts

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Hank Roberts
Hank Roberts at Jazzhaus Stadtgarten, Köln/Cologne (Germany), March 2008
Hank Roberts at Jazzhaus Stadtgarten, Köln/Cologne (Germany), March 2008
Background information
Born (1954-03-24) March 24, 1954 (age 68)
Terre Haute, Indiana, U.S.
OriginNew York City
Instrument(s)Cello, vocals
Years active1980s–present

Hank Roberts (born March 24, 1954, Terre Haute, Indiana)[1] is an American jazz cellist and vocalist. He plays the electric cello, and his style is a mixture of rock, jazz, avant-garde, folk, and classical influences. He emerged with the downtown New York City jazz scene of the 1980s and is associated with its post-modern tendencies.


In the early 1980s, Roberts made a number of recordings for the defunct JMT label, was a featured member of the Bill Frisell Quartet,[2] and was an important voice in many groups of saxophonist Tim Berne.[2] Roberts also recorded three discs with the Arcado String Trio, an improvisational chamber group featuring Mark Feldman, violin, and Mark Dresser, double bass.[2]

In the early 1990s, Roberts left Frisell's group and stopped touring widely. He continued to release recordings, if sporadically, including with the progressive folk group Ti Ti Chickapea.[1] In 2008, he was again touring and performing regularly, releasing Green (with Jim Black and Marc Ducret) on Winter & Winter, Stefan F. Winters subsequent label to JMT. In December 2011, Winter & Winter released Roberts' Everything Is Alive,[3] as well as re-releasing his entire JMT catalogue.

Selected discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

With Arcado String Trio

With Miniature

As sideman[edit]

With Tim Berne

With Bill Frisell

With Alex Cline

With Marilyn Crispell

With Ti Ti Chickapea

  • Change of Worlds (2000)
  • Firestick (2002)

With Edmar Casteñeda

  • Cuarto de Colores (2006)

With Buffalo Collision

With Donald Rubinstein

  • Martin (Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Varèse Sarabande, 1978)
  • When She Kisses the Ship on His Arm (Bare Bones, 2009)


  1. ^ a b "Hank Roberts Biography, Songs, & Albums". AllMusic. Retrieved October 7, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 2103. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  3. ^ a b "Hank Roberts Albums and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved October 7, 2021.

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