HENRY ROBINETT: Sacramento native HENRY ROBINETT studied guitar with Jack Warren, Lee Havens and Warren Nunes and piano with Jerry Murphy. At the age of 20 he moved to New York where he performed with Frank Strozier, Muhal Richard Abrams, Chico Freeman, George Lewis, Ricky Ford, Bob Neloms, Junior Cook, Clifford Jordon, and Armen Donelian, and lived and studied with jazz great Charles Mingus. Upon returning to Sacramento, Henry played with Charlie Peacock, Bourgeois Tagg, Black Ice, Jakarta, various jazz ensembles. In 1985, Henry formed The Henry Robinett Group and recorded a CD on Artful Balance Records. The Henry Robinett Group received a 4 star review in Down Beat Magazine and glowing reviews and a feature interview in Jazziz Magazine. In 1989, Henry received the Best Local Musician Award from Sacramento Magazine. This led to a string of other awards, including 1990 -1992 "Best Local Musician" award from Sacramento News and Review, 1993 -1995 - Best Jazz Band Sammies Award, and the 1996 Hall of Fame Sammies Award . In 1990 , Henry formed Nefertiti Records, his own publishing company, "Life X Two Music", and his own recording studio, "Blue Degrees Digital". He has since released two additional CD's; "Life X 2" and "When Fortresses Fall". As an educator, Henry teaches privately, and has also served on the faculty at the prestigious American Institute of Music in Vienna, Austria, where he headed up the jazz department, taught guitar, jazz band, theory and music business.
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