PERFORMER, COMPOSER, EDUCATOR
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.
“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.
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 Chamber Jazz Series
Rob and pianist Matt Cooper will be featured in a chamber jazz concert presented by the Grand Ronde Symphony Association.
Liberty Theatre, LaGrande, Oregon.
Friday May 13, 2022
Rob Scheps / Roger Wilder Jam Session
October 16, 2021
Blue Room @ American Jazz Museum
Kansas City, MO
Rob Scheps / Roger Wilder Quartet
October 17, 2021
Kansas City, MO
Details for all shows on the 'Events' Page
Livestream Jazz Interviews of World Renowned Artists Hosted by Rob Scheps
September 7: FRANK BASILE - Baritone Sax
September 21: BOB MILLIKAN - Trumpet
September 28: DAVE BARGERON - Trombone
See the Full List of Upcoming Interviews and Links to Current and Past Shows on the 'Events' page
All Lead Sheets are now $25
Click here to read about some of Rob's engagements as a composer in his new SubStack newsletter.
Click on the icon to read Rob's latest article on Miles Davis, published in The Note:
The Note: Winter/Spring 2021
Rob Scheps & The TBA Band
Live at the Churchill School
8 New Original Compositions
Both streaming and limited edition CD at: robscheps.bandcamp.com
CD on Amazon
Download on i-Tunes
Rob will record in Washington State with the Austin Stewart Band. Stay tuned...
New interview with Rob:
Neon Jazz, Kansas City, MO
Rob's Video of the Month
'Falling In Love With Love'
Live in Honolulu
"This is an experience both exhilarating and, to anyone who has strummed a guitar or blown a horn, however feebly, humbling."
BAKER CITY HERALD
"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
"[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
'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
(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."
"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
"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
"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)
"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
"Scheps and band interject modal numbers and post-bop riffing amid mournful cool-jazz, Baker-esque ballads."
Live at the Churchill School and Comencio are available worldwide on disc, streaming, and download at BandCamp, Amazon, Apple i-Tunes, and other platforms.