About Me

With Blunt Object at The Trane Studio, Toronto (photo by Cindy Salazar)
With Blunt Object at The Trane Studio, Toronto (photo by Cindy Salazar)

I’m currently based in Kitchener/Waterloo and performing around the Tri-Cities as well as Hamilton and Toronto, making loud and intriguing creative music. I like things dark, with a quirky sense-of-humour — deeply influenced by the likes of Carla Bley, Tom Waits, Kenny Wheeler and Charles Mingus.

Originally from Nova Scotia, I received a Bachelor of Music at St. Francis Xavier University (2003) and then completed a Master of Music in Jazz Performance at the University of Toronto (2009). While at UofT, I studied trombone with William Carn and Terry Promane; composition with Phil Nimmons and David Braid.

Throughout my musical development, I have had the honour to work and study with many great artists including Tim Ries, Maria Schneider, Kenny Wheeler, Bob Brookmeyer, Ingrid Jensen, Denny Christiansen, Conrad Herwig, Dave Restivo, John Hollenbeck, Julian Argüelles, Mike Murley, Lew Soloff and Ian McDougall.



Members Include: 

  • Ben Dietschi, Gordon Hyland, Chelsea McBride (saxophones)
  • Jesse Malone, Tara Kannangara (trumpets)
  • Robin Jessome, Heather Saumer (trombones)
  • Josh Bird (tuba)
  • Chris Pruden (piano) | Phill Albert (bass) | Robin Claxton (drums)

This 11-piece group started as a a way to showcase compositions by Carla Bley, but has expanded to include more original music and arrangements of quirky oddball music.

The unique instrumentation and innovative arrangements made for an exciting and creative approach to jazz; drawing on diverse influences in addition to Carla Bley; such as Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy, Orange Then Blue, Django Bates, Charles Mingus, Either/Orchestra, Thelonious Monk, ICP Orchestra and Tom Waits.

One feels like they have been hit with [a blunt object]…but in a really good jazz way. (Moreen Murray)

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Blunt Object at The Trane Studio, Toronto (Photo by Cindy Salazar)

Blunt Object at The Trane Studio, Toronto (Photo by Cindy Salazar)


Robin Jessome (trombone) | Gordon Hyland (saxophone) | Chris Pruden (piano) | Mark Godfrey (bass) | Mark Segger (drums)

Featuring some of Toronto’s finest young musicians, the Robin Jessome Quintet  presents a fresh approach to contemporary jazz and improvisation. Drawing on influences such as Carla Bley, Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, Dave Douglas, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk the group offers a unique juxtaposition of spontaneity and composition.

Their blend of intense interaction with adventurous compositions, moody textures and a good sense of humour make this band one of the fresh new voices in contemporary jazz.

The Robin Jessome Quintet released a debut album “For Whatever Reason” in 2011.

… a band that swings through outer space … a combination of meditative free improvisation and modern jazz sensibilities. (Steve Sladowski)

Quartet at Walter Hall, Toronto - with Tom van Seters, Mark Godfrey, Mark Segger, Gordon Hyland.

Quartet at Walter Hall - Tom van Seters, Mark Godfrey, Mark Segger, Gordon Hyland.

Other personal projects include: a Birth of the Cool-style nonet performing music from the classic Miles Davis recording, a hard-bop sextet, and the Mingus Appreciation Society. I also perform with various ensembles including local musical theatre groups, KW Big Band Theory, Derek Hines Little Big Band.



Big Band Theory for United Way

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Jazz Connection Big Band, Steel City Jazz Fest

The Pearl Company  16 Steven St, Hamilton, ON  map

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Big Band Theory at the Jazz Room

The Jazz Room  59 King St. North, Waterloo  map

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