The Velvet Note’s acclaimed “Young Guns” series wraps up with 16-year-old James Robertson. Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, James is the multi-instrumentalist son of professional jazz musicians–John and Rosemary Roberts (previously of Dante’s Down the Hatch). He has played professionally with his father’s trio in Atlanta since he was 11 and has also played with Nicholas Payton, Freddy Cole and others. He has attended the Julliard Summer Jazz Camp since he was nine, and has received instruction at Georgia State for jazz big band for three years. James has been a member of the high school wind symphony and several high school big bands, and for several years has been a featured artist at the Atlanta Jazz Festival. He has played at The Kennedy Center, Benny Golson Jazz Festival and opened for Vail Jazz Workshop alumnus (1997) Robert Glasper. His playing is most influenced by Jackie McLean, John Coltrane and Kenny Garrett and his greatest mentor–Mr. Hudson. James also loves listening to Count Basie, Charlie Parker and Cannonball Adderley. He enjoys playing for senior audiences and admits to “mining” them for stories about seeing Miles, Shorter and other jazz greats. James performs at fundraisers for radio stations and hopes to organize jazz concerts for public school students in the future. He looks forward to the Vail Jazz Workshop to unify his understanding of theory and chord structures, and to become more adept at improvisation.
Showtimes: 7:00pm and 9:00pm. Admission: $15.