People & Stories Oral History Project: Jazz Fest 2017 Pt. 2

We are thrilled to continue our partnership with ArtsWestchester, The City of White Plains, and the White Plains Business Improvement District on White Plains Jazz Fest 2017! Below is a clip from the People & Stories Oral History Project, Jazz Fest edition. Each of the clips we post between now and September will include stories and music from musicians who live locally, but have performed all over the world. Tom Van Buren, of ArtsWestchester, co-produced the interviews. Check out the Jazz Fest 2017 webpage for tickets and more information about all the great music happening September 13-17, 2017.



Jake Robinson
Drummer Jake Robinson has been teaching and performing in the New York area since earning his Masters in Jazz Performance from the Manhattan School of Music on scholarship. While in school, he studied under world renowned drummers Billy Hart and John Riley, and additionally with Gary Bartz, Marcus Belgrave, and Robin Eubanks. A most versatile player, Jake is well versed in many different styles and stays busy performing Jazz, Funk, Pop, and everything in between. He gives clinics and master classes throughout NYC and New England, tours nationally and internationally, and has performed at world-class venues including Birdland NYC, Carnegie Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, and Canterbury Cathedral in England. At the Music Conservatory of Westchester, Jake serves as Assistant Dean and Director of the Summer Music & Arts Programs. Jake is also on the White Plains Jazz Fest Committee and has performed at Jazz Fest in the past. (from








We will be posting new clips from oral histories with local musicians between now and September.  Here’s a link to interviews from Jazz Fest 2016. The featured music is “She” by The Uptown Party Down, Robinson's band.

Categories: Oral History.