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JR Robinson, Drummer

Performed or Recorded With:

Steve Winwood
Barbra Streisand
Aaron Neville
Agnetha Faltskog
Al Jarreau
Alvaro Torres
Aretha Franklin
Eric Clapton
Chaka Kahn
Art Porter
Bob James
Bonnie Raitt
Bobby Caldwell
Celine Dion
Chris Isaak
Dan Siegel
Dave Koz
David Benoit
David Sanborn
Donna Summer
Michael Jackson
John Fogerty
Bob Seger
Eddie Gale
Ernie Watts
Frank Sinatra
George Benson
George Duke
Glenn Frey
Herp Alpert
Joan Baez
Joe Cocker
Julio Iglesias
Jude Cole
K.T. Oslin
Kenny Loggins
Mambazo
Larry Carlton
Laura Branigan
Lionel Richie
Liza Minelli
Mariah Carey
Marilyn Scott
Michael Bolton
Michael Feinstein
Mike Oldfield
Nick Kamen
Patti Austin
Regina Belle
Rick Price
Ricky Martin
Rufus
Rod Stewart
Ruben Blades
Roberta Flack
Russ Freeman
Sadao Watanabe
Stanley Clarke
The Isley Brothers
The Temptations
The Winans
Wild Orchid



 

Featured Artist:

John JR Robinson, Drummer

One of the most recorded drummers in history, John JR Robinson got his musical start in Creston, Iowa, where he was born in 1954. Both of JR’s parents wanted him to be involved in music, so at the age of 5 came the piano, drums at 8, and JR started his first band at the ripe old age of 10. JR credits his drumming chops to having great teachers early on. At 14 he began playing with the Iowa Big Band, that was located in SW Iowa near Creston. During his high school years he was both an athlete and a drummer - fortunately he picked the correct career choice. After graduation he emigrated to Boston and the Berklee School of Music, playing in both small groups and big bands.

In 1978, John was hired for the drum chair in Rufus and moved to Los Angeles to finish the Rufus and Chaka Khan tour. In late 1978, JR was asked by Quincy Jones if he did any sessions outside Rufus. An immediate ‘yes’ found him in the studio recording "Off The Wall" for Michael Jackson. After that session, unlike many, JR created a career path. "I decided that I wouldn’t turn down any gig and set out a 15 year studio plan", he recalls. "Now, I’m in my 23rd year in the studios and still going strong, although because I’m so busy I do have to turn down some offers. Over the years I’ve gotten the big calls and worked with really great artists".

Some of the hits for him are: "We Are The World", Lionel Richie’s "All Night Long", The Pointer Sisters’ "I’m So Excited" and "Slow Hand" and David Lee Roth’s "I’m Just a Gigolo" and "California Girls". Other artists that JR backed are Steve Winwood, Natalie Cole, and in 1983 he won a Grammy with Rufus and Chaka Khan for "Ain’t Nobody".

JR has been the drummer for Quincy Jones since 1979 and Barbra Streisand since 1993. He also was the drummer for Peter Frampton’s live CD "Frampton Comes alive 2".

Even with his very busy schedule, JR has found time to teach a course in "Studio Techniques" at the Los Angeles Music Academy every other semester. He is currently working on his solo CD and producing several projects, and will continue to add his magic on many hits to come with his recognized sound of great time and a great groove. John JR Robinson, an Iowa, who has made the big time and been the drummer for most of the top artists in the very competitive musical world of the Los Angeles studios.


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