MEET THE ARTISTS

Mark Robinson

Vocalist

Jazz singer Mark Robinson draws his major inspiration from the Great American Songbook. For the last decade he’s performed widely in the Bay Area, appearing frequently at San Francisco’s premier jazz club, Black Cat. His album, “Some Small Dive,” drew praise from critics. As Dan McClenaghan from All About Jazz put it, “Like the very best in this game—Sinatra or Tony Bennett— Robinson makes it all sound so effortless…”

He’s dedicated now to the wonders of jazz and mid-century pop music, but he began his career at 16 as a classical singer, studying voice and music theory with a San Francisco Opera baritone. In 2012 he dipped a toe back into the opera world, playing the Radio/Band Singer in Opera Parallele’s production of The Great Gatsby. “I always figured that in my next life, I’d be a crooner,” he says. “I’m glad I didn’t have to wait that long.”

Mark Robinson