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Scheps, Rob (Robert Allen)

Scheps, Rob (Robert Allen), tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute, composer, also baritone, alto, sopranino sax; piccolo, clarinet, bass clarinet, arranger; b. Eugene, OR, 30 December 1965. He grew up in L.I., NY. His uncle Eric Goldberg is composer, bassist. His brother Andrew is recording engineer in L.A. (worked with Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, etc.).

Scheps took recorder lessons at 7; tenor sax at 9; and flute at 13. She started sax in 5th grade band. He was taught to play by Steve Graham. He had private sax lessons at 11 with Joe Calandrino. Other saxophone teachers were at 13, Paul Eisler. He attended Ward Melville HS - Setauket, NY. He attended Manhattan School of Music prep div. 1979 -81 and had lessons with Al Regni (sax and clarinet) and Dick Oatts. He was selected for McDonald's Tri-State H.S. Jazz Ensemble 1980-82. He was also a part of the McDonald's All American Band (representing NY State) 1982. He went to Eastman School of Music summer 1981 and had lessons with Ray Ricker. He attended the New England Conservatory at age 16 from 1982 -1986. Studied with Jimmy Giuffre first year, then Joe Allard (sax and clarinet) until graduation. He graduated with BM, 1986 with Honors in Performance. He attended the Banff Centre for the Arts International Jazz Workshop, summers 1984, 85 and 87. He also had a few lessons with Joe Lovano, George Garzone, and studied flute privately with Wendy Rolfe, Joan Carter, and Mindy Kaufman (NY and Phil.). He performed in Boston with own groups True Colors Big band, Rob Scheps sextet. After NEC, remained in Boston, then moved to NYC 1988 -1997. First gig in NY at 22 with Jack McDuff at Showman's in Harlem. He had his own groups in NYC, the Rob Scheps Core-tet. He also worked with Bartokking Heads with Jeff Williams, Ben Sher, Stomu Takeishi. 15 years association with pianist Joel Weiskopf. He spent 15 years with Bob Moses groups. He was featured tenor soloist with George Russell's Living Time Orch. from NEC from 1987 through his New York years, including national touring. He recorded and toured with the Al Grey Sextet ca. 1990 -1992. Played SS Norway Floating Jazz Festival 1991 and 1992. In 1993, he spent one year with the Gil Evans Orchestra on Mondays at Sweet Basil, NY, and at other venues. He played with the Joey Calderazzo Quartet for six months.

He's taught clinics and workshops at Hunter College, NYC Dartmouth (NH) and others. He taught at Mannes College of Music ca. 1990-92, NYC. He taught at the Banff Centre of the Arts International Jazz Workshop, invited to teach by Kenny Werner, 2002. He moved to Portland, Oregon in 1997. He currently lives Portland Oregon. He plays with Oregon Symphony; Rob Schep's 16 Piece Big Band at Disjecta (founded ca. 2001); And Salon des Refuses, an avant-garde ensemble that plays regularly at Alberta Arts Pavilion. Rob also co-leads a bi-coastal jazz/funk project, Magnet! with Defunkt bassist Kim Clarke and drummer/vocalist/keyboardist Ronnie Burrage. He's been on the faculty at Portland State Univ. 1998-present. He taught at Reed College, Whitman College, and Marylhurst College (ca. 1997-8). Also teaches privately. Tour & records extensively. His symphony work includes Oregon Symphony 1997-present, soloist on Prokofiev, L Bernstein, etc. He's been a jazz soloist with Linda Ronstadt and Lou Rawls.  He's also done concerts with Joshua Bell, Maureen McGovern, Hal Linden, and Ray Charles. With the Charleston Symphony in 1994, he did a national tour of Porgy & Bess.

Terumasa Hino: Bluestruck (1989); Bob Moses: Time Stood Still; JCA with Sam Rivers & Julius Hemphill: Flux; Duffy Jackson Swing,Swing,Swing; Dmitri Matheny: Red Reflections; Darrell Katz: Dreamland; John Stowell: The Brazil Project

Television broadcasts:
Merv Griffin soloist w/ Buddy Rich; Live at 5; Macy's Thanksgiving Parade; Apple Polishers; Manhattan Cable, etc.

Cats; Miss Saigon; How to Succeed in Business; NY City Opera; Wonderful Town , 1994

Down Beat Magazine Awards:
Best Chamber Music Performance,Soprano Sax Solo (1985)
Bas Relief, Best Funk Group (1984)
Outstanding Performance, tenor Sax Solo (1987)
Outstanding performance, Rob Scheps Quintet (1987)

Composition commissions:
In The Arms of Crisis, for Brass Arts Collective, NYC Lisotte, for Sculptor and painter Louise Bourgeois Gifts, for a private collection, Boston
In 2003, Scheps received 3 Fellowships in Music Composition from: Centrum; Port Townsend, WA The Hambidge Center; Rabun Gap, GA.
The Ucross Foundation; Sheridan, Wyoming

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