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

“Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life.”

 

Art Blakey

This Spring brings us all the hope that we may wash away the dust of the past year with in-person teaching and shows soon.  But for those of us who make a living from such interactions, things will not be back to 'normal' for quite some time, if ever. 

Virtual instruction and live-streaming events have become part of our way of life.  So while artists such as myself remain committed to live performance whenever possible, I am also continuing to expand my on-line presence. 

 

If you are in a position to hire performers, purchase charts, refer students, or develop new content, please consider reaching out.  

Rob

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NEWS

LiveJazzKC Big Band
to start performances!

As the Director of Music and saxophonist for the LiveJazzKC Big Band, Rob is pleased to announce its world premiere:

 





LiveJazzKC Big Band was founded to showcase Kansas City's incredible pool of talented musicians and the rich traditions of jazz.  Please provide support this important cause if you can.

Click Here for GoFundMe Page

UPCOMING EVENTS

NEW:  Rob Scheps Core-tet West
The 1905
Portland, OR
August 20, 2021


CD Release Events for
'Live at the Churchill School'

Rob Scheps & TBA Band
Hear music from the new album

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Bay City Arts Center
Bay City (near Tillamook), OR
August 1, 2021
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The Churchill School
Baker City, OR
September 11, 2021
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Side A Brewing
La Grande, OR
September 12, 2021


Details for all shows on the 'Events' Page

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

August 3: JONNY KING - Piano
August 10: SCOTT WHITFIELD - Trombone
August 17: STEVE DAVIS - Trombone
August 24: JOE LOVANO - Tenor Sax
August 31: JOE LOCKE - Vibraphone


See the Full List of Upcoming Interviews and Links to Current and Past Shows on the 'Events' page

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COMPOSITIONS:

All Lead Sheets are now $25

Click here to read about some of Rob's engagements as a composer in his new SubStack newsletter. 

PUBLICATIONS:

Click on the icon to read Rob's latest 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... 

MEDIA:

New interview with Rob:

Neon Jazz, Kansas City, MO 

 

 

 

NEW  CONTENT

Rob's Video of the Month

Selections from Herbie Hancock's

"Speak Like A Child"

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'

"[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.