Tenor Saxophone

Soprano Saxophone

Flute

PERFORMER, COMPOSER, EDUCATOR
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Rob Scheps is a renowned artist with his own citation in The Encyclopedia of Jazz.  He has performed with legends such as Aretha Franklin, Buddy Rich, Gil Evans, and John Abercrombie.  He tours actively worldwide, and leads bands in New York, Seattle, Portland, Kansas City & Honolulu.

PERSONAL MESSAGE

“Life is a lot like jazz - it's best when you improvise.” ― George Gershwin

There is a new energy in the jazz community - an excitement about live shows and live-streaming events; a return to in-person teaching as well as virtual instruction.  However you choose to experience music, there is something for you.

I look forward to seeing everyone - physically or on line - at an event soon.  In the meantime, I have new new charts for purchase, calendar space to perform, and openings for new students.   


Rob

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NEWS

Radio Show - May 11, 2022

 

Rob will be featured on Marcia  Hocker's show, KBOO FM, Portland, OR, 12-2 pm PST.  Listen by going to www.kboo.org.

Chamber Jazz Series

Rob and pianist Matt Cooper will be featured in a chamber jazz concert presented by the

Grand Ronde Symphony Association.


  Eastern Oregon University, LaGrande, Oregon


Friday May 13, 2022


UPCOMING EVENTS
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May 8, 2022

The Muse Performance Space

Lafayette, CO

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May 13, 2022

Eastern Oregon University - Groth Hall

LaGrande, OR

For more information go to http://www.goeasternoregon.com/

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May 14, 2022

Vert Auditorium

Pendleton, OR

 

 

 

 

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May 17, 2022

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Portland, OR

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May 22, 2022

Dr. Wheelz' Pad

Olympia, WA

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May 27, 2022

Latona Pub

Seattle, WA

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May 28, 2022

Vashon Center for the Arts

Vashon Island, WA

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June 1, 2022

Calluna

Seattle, WA

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Details for all upcoming shows

on the 'Events' Page

CONVO IMPROVVO
Livestream Jazz Interviews of World Renowned Artists Hosted by Rob Scheps 

Convo Improvvo is on a short hiatus, but will return this Spring.  Stay tuned for upcoming Interviews.

For some past interviews, click here.

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COMPOSITIONS:

Click here to read about some of Rob's engagements as a composer in his new SubStack newsletter and review the Composing and Arranging pages for work available for purchase.

PUBLICATIONS:

Click on the icon to read Rob's article on Miles Davis, published in The Note:

The Note: Winter/Spring 2021

RECORDINGS:

 

Rob Scheps & The TBA Band

Live at the Churchill School

8 New Original Compositions

Now Available:

Both streaming and limited edition CD at: robscheps.bandcamp.com

CD on Amazon 

Download on i-Tunes

COMING SOON:

Rob will record in Washington State with the Austin Stewart Band.  Stay tuned... 

 

 

 

NEW  CONTENT

'Falling In Love With Love'

Live in Honolulu

REVIEWS

PERFORMANCE REVIEWS

"This is an experience both exhilarating and, to anyone who has strummed a guitar or blown a horn, however feebly, humbling."

BAKER CITY HERALD

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"Rob Scheps deserves wider recognition. Since he arrived in New York City in the 1980s, he has been an important contributor to many bands, in addition to leading his own groups. He is also a nimble soprano saxophonist and flautist..."

HOT HOUSE JAZZ

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"[Scheps' performance with the Green Street Trio] had a sweet and mellow breakdown that allowed the upright bass and soprano sax to have their say." 

DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE  

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ALBUM REVIEWS

'Live at the Churchill School'

[T]his CD, offer[s] a diverse array of originals, beautifully interpreted by a band [Rob] recruited during a return visit to his native Oregon...When Scheps switches to flute, his bright lyricism is even more prominent...A followup recording is strongly merited.

NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD

Read the full review on Rob's 'Press' page.

"Scheps has his own sound. He uses his soprano saxophone much like a trumpet one minute and a clarinet the next, issuing clarion calls that sail above the ensemble and playing emotion-packed arpeggios that hint of the Old World. And his flute playing on “Valentine” sings like a bird."

CHRONOGRAM

Read the full review on Rob's 'Press' page.

"[R]eminiscent of golden age John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter recordings.  [T]he album effectively features Scheps, who solos (often on soprano) brightly and virtuosicly over an array of sound palettes.  It sounds authentic and original, as if this is where one of the lines from Coltrane leads to today."

JAM MAGAZINE - Kansas City, MO

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(Click on Jam Magazine then Album Reviews)

"Rob Scheps is in a constant state of inspired passionate music. This latest document of his Quartet, "Live At The Churchill School", is full of new compositions with focus and a beautiful feeling. I was completely captured. BRAVO."

JOE LOVANO

"The energy of live jazz has been missed over the last year, which makes an accomplished live record such as this all the more satisfying."

JAZZ SOCIETY OF OREGON

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"Strongly evokes the music of Wayne Shorter. . . stays cooking. Satisfying."

JAZZSCENE - Portland, OR

  

"Scheps has written a whole book of new tunes, eight of which appear on the Churchill album" . . . "an experience both exhilarating and humbling."

 

BAKER CIRY HERALD - Baker City, OR

"Scheps' take-no-prisoners approach caroms between the beautiful and the brazen and never fails to engage."

WILLAMETTE WEEK - Portland, OR

'Comencio'

"Here we have the inventiveness of John Coltrane, the swagger of Dexter Gordon and the lyricism of Ben Webster and this reviewer loved it."

JAZZ VIEWS (UK)

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"Rob Scheps is one of myriad musicians deserving of wider recognition and more frequent opportunities to record as a leader. Don’t overlook this strong session." 

NYC JAZZ RECORD

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"Scheps and band interject modal numbers and post-bop riffing amid mournful cool-jazz, Baker-esque ballads."

CHRONOGRAM MAGAZINE

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Live at the Churchill School and Comencio are available worldwide on disc, streaming, and download at BandCamp, Amazon, Apple i-Tunes, and other platforms.