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


UPCOMING EVENTS
 

PERFORMANCES

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October 4, 2022

The Drake

Amherst, MA

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October 5, 2022 Northampton Jazz Workshop Summer on Strong performance has been canceled due to weather 

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October 6, 2022

Chapel Restoration

Cold Spring, NY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Venue Across from Cold Spring North Metro Station

Read About Rob's Performance History at the Chapel

Click Here To Order Tickets

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October 9, 2022

The Cutting Room

New York, NY

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October 12, 2022

Smalls

New York, NY

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October 15, 2022

Lydia's Cafe

Cold Spring, NY

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October 18, 2022

Catskill Mountain Pizza Company

Woodstock, NY

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Details for all upcoming shows

on the 'Events' Page

If you can't come to a performance, check out the next best thing - new video of the complete Rob Scheps Trio Live from the 1905 performance on the 'Video' page.

 

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

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

For some past interviews, click here.

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MUSIC VAULT:

 

 

 

Nine songs recorded at the

Community Music Center, Portland, OR 

(Audio Only)

COMPOSITIONS:

Click here to read about some of Rob's engagements as a composer 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... 

 

 

 

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.