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Born in Chicago, Carol Robbins grew up in Los Angeles, where piano lessons at an early age inspired her to experiment with jazz improvisation. By age eight she was studying harp and eventually became one of the handful of students ever accepted by the late pioneering harpist Dorothy Ashby.  One of the world’s few jazz harpists, Ms. Robbins has recorded and performed with an eclectic variety of artists including Billy Childs, Manhattan Transfer, Brian Wilson, Bjork, Dianne Reeves, Linda Ronstadt, Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder and Frank Sinatra. Her memorable television credits include Cheers, Frazier and The Tonight Show.

Ms. Robbins has been a member of Billy Childs’ Jazz Chamber Ensemble since 1999.  In 2005 Ms Robbins and her colleagues in the group received a Grammy nomination for their work on “Lyric”. Ms Robbins has performed with the group extensively in the United States and she will tour Europe with Mr. Childs in November.  In 2010 the group received a second Grammy nomination for “Autumn In Moving Pictures.

Ms Robbins released her third CD “Jazz Play” in February of 2006. This collection features many of her of original compositions and she is joined by a stellar group of jazz musicians. On July 4th of 2006 Ms Robbins played a concert and gave a seminar for the American Harp Society in San Francisco.  She gave a live radio interview for station KCSM in San Mateo a few days after the AHS performance. Robbins will be appearing extensively in concerts and clubs and on the radio with her group, Billy Childs’ Jazz Chamber Ensemble and with Bitter:Sweet. Several of Robbins’ jazz arrangements for harp have been published by Vanderbilt Editions, and her three CDs, “Jazz Play”, “Three And Four” and “Chords in Blue” are available on jazzcatsproductions.com , cdbaby.com and amazon.comand through many harp-related retailers.

A jazz clinician, Ms Robbins has lectured and performed at several Universities in the country including UCLA, The University Of Utah and The University Of Oregon.  She has been on the faculty of the Young Musician’ Foundation’s Harp Project for several years.



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