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.
July 9, 2022
Blue Butler Studios
July 23, 2022
Tavern on Kruse
Lake Oswego, Portland, OR
July 29, 2022
August 6, 2022
Kitty's Food and Spirits
August 14, 2022
Bay City Arts Center
Bay City, OR
"On Sunday August 14th, BCAC presents Rob Scheps and the TBA Band in " A Midsummer Night's Jazz Dream". Summer, dreams and Shakespeare are the reference points
for the program's jazz selections.
Scheps' TBA Band is a rotating cast of Portland's best young jazz artists. Scheps has facilitated a musical cross- breeding by introducing Portland area artists to the Tillamook Bay community. With him this time will be Wes Georgiev on piano. Wes will be making his 3rd appearance at BCAC. Also in the band are drummer Michael Rodenkirch and bassist Nick Morrison."
The Tilamook Headlight Herald
Tickets available at the door.
August 26, 2022
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.
Rob Scheps interview by The Jazz Canadian
September 12, 2022
KKFI Kansas City
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.
Nine songs recorded at the
Community Music Center, Portland, OR
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.
Click on the icon to read Rob's 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...
"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'
[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."
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
(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.