PU Faculty Member Performs In Jazz Masters Series
Jazz vocalist and Princeton University faculty member Trineice Robinson will perform as part of Jazz Trenton’s Jazz Masters Series on Saturday, November 27, 3:30-7:30 p.m., at Candlelight Lounge, 24 Passaic Street, Trenton.
Joining her will be pianist Aaron Graves, bassist Lee Smith, and drummer Webb Thomas. The cover charge is $20 with a $10 drink minimum, dinner included. For information visit jazztrenton.com.
Robinson released All or Nothing, her debut album, last August via 4RM Productions. The album combines influences from jazz, R&B, gospel, and classical music with an all-star band featuring Don Braden, Cyrus Chestnut, Kenny Davis, and Vince Ector.
With the release of the album, Robinson crosses off a major item on her bucket list, finally releasing her debut album at the age of 40.
Robinson, a member of the jazz faculty at Princeton, is an educator and researcher who developed her Soul Ingredients teaching methodology to remedy the lack of Black music traditions represented in the field of voice pedagogy. She has also raised two children, both of whom sing along with her on All or Nothing.
“My focus on academia ended up superseding my ability to really nourish myself as an artist,” Robinson said. “With Soul Ingredients, I teach concepts like ‘sing your soul’ and ‘music your story.’ Now it’s my turn to do that.”
The music on the album reflects Robinson’s diverse tastes and interests. In fact, it was her desire to explore beyond the narrow confines of a single defined genre that led her down the circuitous path to All or Nothing.
“One of the subconscious reasons that I didn’t push forward in my own artistry was the recognition that I fit in so many categories,” she said. “The industry makes you choose: if you’re going to be a jazz singer you have to sound a certain way; if you’re going to be a gospel singer or an R&B singer or a classical singer, you have to sound a certain way. What happens if I’m all of those? My mission was to find answers for myself as I tried to understand who I was as a performer.”