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NASA 2020 Biennial Conference Presenter — Robert Brooks

Mark your calendars now to join us Friday-Monday, March 6-9, 2020 for the NASA 2020 Biennial Conference at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.
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Saxophone Player
Name: Robert Brooks
Website: http://www.robertbrooksjazz.com
Presentation Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 4:20 PM
Presentation Venue: Evelyn Smith Theatre
Presentation Title: New Standard Duo
Type of Presentation: Professional Jazz Performance
Proposal Duration: 12
Bio: Dr. Robert D. Brooks is a jazz saxophonist and music educator from Michigan. He holds a DMA and MM from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign under the direction of Chip McNeill and David Harris and a BM from Central Michigan University under the direction of John Nichol and Rob Smith. He has served on faculties at Bradley University, the University of Illinois- Springfield and is currently the Director of Jazz Studies at Friends University in Wichita, KS. Robert’s most recent releases, “Accidental Nomad” and “New Standard Duo” on Ropeadope Records, have been received with critical acclaim and he has toured with Reginald Chapman’s “Pressure Fit”, Sun Stereo, and The Lake Effect, throughout the midwest and east coast. Robert is a Ropedope Records Artist.
Ensemble Bio: New Standard Duo is a hip, new take on the standard jazz duos of the yester-years. As a saxophone and drum duo, Dr. Robert Brooks (saxophone) and Dr. Eric Binder (Drums) specialize in exploring jazz standards in unique ways. Brooks and Binder began playing together as a duo at the University of Illinois while working on Doctoral degrees in Jazz Studies. Jazz Journalist/Historian Scott Yanow says, “Drummer Eric Binder and tenor-saxophonist Robert Brooks have stretched the idea a bit on New Standard Duo. While their improvising has its freer moments, they also stick to the framework and rhythm of the songs. When one considers that there are no chordal or harmony instruments, the fact that listeners can tell where the two musicians are in each tune shows how successful the musicians are at making every sound count, implying the chords and filling in for the “missing” instruments.”

Other Performers / Participants

Name Instrument Bio
Eric Binder Drum set Dr. Eric Binder is a globally recognized drummer, educator, composer, and author, residing in Chicag . . .

Pieces to Be Performed

Title Composer Duration
Improvised duet based on All The Things You Are Jerome Kern 5
Improvised duet on Beatrice Sam Rivers 5