13 April 1936|
Salford, Lancashire, England
Robinson started playing professionally at Manchester’s Club 43 before travelling to London and appearing at Ronnie Scott’s Club in the 1960s. In the mid-'60s, he was a member, with drummer Trevor Tomkins, of the Don Rendell Quartet, and together with fellow tenors Dick Morrissey and Al Gay, baritone sax Paul Carroll, and trumpets Ian Carr, Kenny Wheeler and Greg Brown, formed part of (Eric Burdon and) The Animals' Big Band that made its one-and-only public appearance at the 5th Annual British Jazz & Blues Festival in Richmond (1965). In the late 1960s he was a member of The Sandy Brown - Al Fairweather Band, which also featured Malcolm Cecil and Brian Lemon. In the early 1970s he was a member of Maynard Ferguson's big band which was based in the United Kingdom and made up of British musicians. He was also a member of the third version of the Jazzmakers, co-led by Allan Ganley and Keith Christie and included pianist Colin Purbrook and bassist Arthur Watts.
He also worked with the Phil Seamen Quintet, Tubby Hayes’ Big Band, John Burch’s Octet, Long John Baldry, Sandy Brown, Humphrey Lyttelton, The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band and the BBC Radio Orchestra.
He has toured with King Curtis and Aretha Franklin, and accompanied US musicians visiting the UK including Dizzy Gillespie, Andy Williams and Tony Bennett. MIn 1987, he toured the United States with the Charlie Watts’ Orchestra. Robinson has also led his own quartets.
He currently (2008) co-leads a trio with ex-Nucleus keyboardist Geoff Castle.
- Change Is - Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet
- Space Walk - Don Rendell Quintet (Redial) - c. 1971
- Jazz in the Dungeon - 1999
- Carr, Ian; Digby Fairweather, Brian Priestley The Rough Guide to Jazz, p. 659. Rough Guides, 2004. At Google Books. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
- Spillett, Simon. "British jazz saxophonists 1950-1970: An overview." JazzScript. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
- Zentgraf, Nico. 1987. The Complete Works Website. Retrieved 29 November 2014.