Since 2003, Sam Robinson has played in venues all over Chicago and the Midwest. He currently leads the Sam Robinson Quintet, which plays straight-ahead jazz, mainly from the hard-bop / post-bop era. The band also performs original compositions in a similar style. In 2019, he released his debut album, “Sweet Love of Mine,” and in 2022 his second album, “Be With Me: Live at the Eastgate Café,” became available for purchase.
According to Chicago Jazz Magazine, Robinson plays, at times, with “elegant restraint and muted tones,” and at other times with “an intelligent extemporization that has a burnished sound and simmering passion.”
The members of the quintet are:
Sam Robinson – trumpet
Scott Angst – tenor saxophone
Linard Stroud – drums
Gabriel Datcu – guitar
John Sutton – bass