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Rob Middleton is a prize-winning composer and an active saxophonist and teacher in the New York area. He has performed with many jazz greats, including Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Phil Woods, Harry Connick Jr., Lionel Hampton, The New York Voices, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Lovano, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Woody Shaw, Oliver Lake, David Liebman, Randy Brecker, John Faddis, Joe Williams, George Coleman, Jimmy Cobb and has recorded with Lionel Hampton and others. He holds an MA from The Manhattan School of Music and a BM from Rutgers University. He has studied composition with Jim McNeely, Mike Abene, Manny Album and saxophone with Joe Allard, Bill Pierce, George Coleman, and Paul Jeffery.
Mr. Middleton’s performance career has taken him to major jazz clubs and festivals in this country and abroad, including the JVC Jazz Festival at Lincoln Center in New York, the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland, and the Grande Parade du Jazz in Nice, France. His recent New York club and concert appearances include engagements at the Blue Note, at the Village Vanguard, and numerous performances at Birdland with the Friday Night Big Band and at Merkin Hall in New York where the BMI New York Jazz Composers Orchestra has played his compositions. He has led ensembles large and small, including the NewYorkestra Big Band, which performs regularly in and around New York City, and the Rob Middleton Quartet.
His compositions and arrangements are performed regularly in the New York area. He writes for various ensembles including NewYorkestra, the BMI New York Jazz Composers Orchestra and the New Jersey based Composers Big Band. The bands of Ray Charles and Lionel Hampton have played his compositions as well. His arrangement of "Windmills of Your Mind", recorded by the Chico O' Farrill Afro-Cuban jazz big band featuring Rob as the soloist, can be heard in the 1999 hit movie "The Thomas Crown Affair". Rob’s other recordings include the recently released CD “Urban Soundscapes” by the band NewYorkestra.
Mr. Middleton has guest conducted his compositions as well, in such settings as the Henry Mancini Institute at UCLA in Los Angeles in the summer of 1999. His music has been performed by elite college bands such as the Manhattan School Jazz Orchestra, the Jazz Orchestra of the New Jersey City University, and McGill University in Montreal. He recently performed at the 2007 IAJE conference in New York City.
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