Known as 'Professor Blues' around the Atlanta music scene, Robert loves the blues and appears at various blues jams around town. Performing on Soprano and Baritone sax allows the Professor to express his love of the blues in many different venues.
Always the performer, Robert, once a school band director, participated in an 18-member big band for 5 years. After performing on Baritone sax the sounds of Dorsey, Goodman, Basie, Severinson, and other notables of the jazz band era, Robert decided to learn to play the blues.
With no previous improv experience and a desire to learn, he heard Theodis Ealey perform at Darwins one evening. Captivated by the upbeat and melodious blues style of Theodis, Robert purchased an album. CD in hand, he began to play along with the Soprano sax. Before long the melodies of Theodis became background for Robert to jam. After about 6 months of rehearsal, he made his first appearance 2 years ago during a member jam of the Atlanta Blues Society which was held at Chip's Road House in Winder. After having the opportunity to perform blues licks to 'Summertime' with the wonderful new blues talent 'Sweet Betty', he was hooked. Soon the stage fright gave way to pure enjoyment, and the trial by fire of on the job training gave him the opportunity to perform with some teriffic blues players in Atlanta, all over Georgia and Washington D.C.
Some months later, Robert walked into a club where Theodis was performing. Much to his surprise, Theodis invited Robert to 'sit in' and it was a highlight of his blues experience. Robert and Carolyn can be found at such clubs as Darwins, Blues in the Alley (Underground), Fuzzy's and other clubs. Robert is always looking for a group and a place to play.