Pete Robbins Transatlantic Quartet

Pete Robbins (NYC, USA) – alto saxophone, compositions

Mikkel Ploug (DK) – guitar

Simon Jermyn (IRL) – bass guitar

Kevin Brow (CAN/DK) – drums

Pete Robbins (age 31) moved to New York in September, 2002, and immediately became “a welcome presence on the creative music scene.”   He has since performed or recorded with John Zorn, Mark Dresser, Craig Taborn, Ben Monder, Mario Pavone, and Kenny Wollesen, and has performed at festivals and clubs in the US, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic.

Robbins’ leads “an ambitious ensemble that combines spacious avant-gardism with the melodic punch of rock” (NY Times).  His studio releases “Waits and Measures” (Playscape) and “Do The Hate Laugh Shimmy” (Fresh Sound/New Talent) were both named as top-10 jazz releases in 2006 and 2008, respectively; his fourth album as a bandleader is scheduled for release in May, 2010 on Robbins’ own Hate Laugh Music label, and a trio album with bassist Mario Pavone and drummer Tyshawn Sorey is also in the works for a 2010 release.

Robbins has been featured in New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Boston Phoenix, JazzTimes, JazzWise, Jazzman, Politikken, andNational Public Radio.  For his compositional achievements, Chamber Music America recently awarded Robbins with their prestigious “New Works: Creation and Presentation” grant, as well as their “New Works: Encore” award on behalf of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.  Robbins was also a 2009 guest panelist at the Brooklyn Arts Council.