b. Clarence Robertson, 21 February 1951, Plainfield, New Jersey, USA. After starting to play trumpet as a child, Robertson attended the Berklee College Of Music, graduating from there in 1973. Moving to Canada, he played in various bands embracing jazz and rock. Tiring of this, in 1975 he returned to the USA where he played only part time for a few years. A meeting with free jazz drummer Herb Fisher resulted in a change of direction. He continued to develop an affinity with free jazz players, working with artists such as Ned Rothenberg, Tim Berne, Mark Helias, John Zorn and Bill Frisell, and also began to record under his own name. Although relatively unknown to audiences, Robertson is very much a musician’s musician and jazz writer Harvey Pekar suggests that he was influential upon Dave Douglas. Certainly, this vigorous and restlessly inventive player is an artist whose name deserves to be much better known than has been the case thus far in his career.
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