Jazz singer Mark Robinson draws his major inspiration from the Great American Songbook, and lovers of jazz and classic pop singing are drawing inspiration from Robinson's critically acclaimed recording, Some Small Dive.
As Dan McClenaghan from All About Jazz put it, "Like the very best in this game—Sinatra or Tony Bennett—Robinson makes it all sound so effortless on this truly superb vocal jazz outing."
Given such praise, Robinson's appeal to live audiences isn't hard to understand. His style is elegant and refined, but always swinging.
And as he works his way through the jazz standards of composers like Cole Porter and Rodgers & Hart, and new classics from writers like Elvis Costello and Dave Frishberg, Robinson's delivery is both emotionally direct and musically sophisticated. He's cool, all right, but at the same time his music is fun and alive.
Robinson is dedicated now to the wonders of jazz, but he began his career at 16 as a classical singer, studying voice and music theory with a San Francisco Opera baritone. He went on to perform in London, Los Angeles, Seattle and Boston. "I always figured that in my next life, I'd be a crooner," he says. "I'm glad I didn't have to wait that long."