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 67)
Terre Haute, Indiana, U.S.
OriginNew York City
InstrumentsCello, vocals
Years active1980s–present

Hank Roberts (born March 24, 1954 in Terre Haute, Indiana) 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, and was an important voice in many groups of saxophonist Tim Berne. Roberts also recorded three discs with the Arcado String Trio, an improvisational chamber group featuring Mark Feldman, violin, and Mark Dresser, double bass. 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. 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 and Winter released Roberts' Everything Is Alive, 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

  • Santuerio (1993)

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)

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