Forming Jimmy Robinson's All-Stars in the latter half of the '80s, the trumpeter whose name was out front might have considered a band made up totally of players named Jimmy Robinson. After all, that would have meant having the fine New Orleans jazz trombonist Jim Robinson out front, as well as the drummer Jimmy Robinson, who backed up both James Brown and B.B. King. Vocalist James Robinson would have fit right in, providing his sound wasn't too smooth for the hard-driving trumpeter, while Chicago blues guitarist Jimmy Robinson could have added the perfect edge. Engineer James Robinson could have done the recording, while executive producer James Robinson might have been the guy to work out a record deal. Unfortunately, such a band is nothing but a pipe dream, perhaps for the lusty character of Mrs. Robinson, as well as a weary discographer trying to figure out which "Jim" is in on the jam.
The real members of the Jimmy Robinson All-Stars included the feisty alto player Clarence "C" Sharpe, and the band was together between 1986 and 1988. Trumpeter Robinson got his widest exposure with jazz fans, however, as a member of the horn lineup on the popular Dexter Gordon album entitled Dexter Blows Hot and Cold, on which the cooking rhythm section includes the tart bassist Leroy Vinnegar as well as Carl Perkins on piano -- the jazzman, not the "Blue Suede Shoes" guy. In the '90s, Robinson became involved with academic jazz programs, but still kept his horn in with a bit of recording and arranging.