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Perkins, Robert (Asare)

Perkins, Robert (Asare), drums; Dayton, OH, 17 January 1975. He moved with his family to Woodstock, New York at the age of ten.

Upon starting the 5th grade he began playing drums as a way of staying close to a best friend who had started the year before in Ohio. Growing up in Woodstock proved to be a musical blessing in several ways; the young drummer quickly heard of local drumming heroes Jack DeJohnette and Jimmy Cobb, two people that he lists as prime among his influences even today. He also came into contact with the musical heritage of his mother's family; herself being a piano player who played with her father's band in the famed Catskill vacation resorts.

After graduating high school Robert moved to LA to attend the University of Southern California and earned a bachelors of music. While attending USC he studied with such greats as Billy Higgins, Ndugu Chancelor, Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton, and Terry Lynne Carrington. After living in New York for a year Robert returned again to USC to participate in The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance and earned a Masters of Jazz Performance from the University as well. While a member of The Monk Institute Quintet Robert had the honor of playing with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Terrance Blanchard, Clark Terry and Jimmy Heath.

Over the past nine years Robert has enjoyed a professional career being associated on both coasts of the country. His journey so far has given him the opportunity to travel all over the world playing with bandleaders such as Eric Reed, Ingrid Jenson, Charlie Hunter, Leon Parker, The Clayton Brothers, Marcus Printup, Terrell Stafford, Bobby Watson, Chris Pierce, Dwight Trible, Tierney Sutton, Shelly Berg, and Dr. Ron McCurdy.

Charlie Hunter: Charlie Hunter (2000); Larry Williams: The Bridge (200); Jason Goldman Nonet: The Definitive (2002)

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