Chris Robinson @crmusicwriter

mostly music, sometimes books



I am a freelance writer, saxophonist, and recovering academic. I finished my PhD in American Studies at the University of Kansas in 2014, where I studied jazz criticism, black music, and cultural and critical theory. My day job is writing book jacket marketing copy at a university press. My writing has been appeared in DownbeatPassion of the Weiss, Point of Departure, Earshot JazzAmerican Studies, Jazz Perspectives, and other publications.

You can find me on twitter: @crmusicwriter
…and on Medium: @CRMusicWriter

Popular Publications (selected)
-Point of Departure, 2016 – present: numerous album reviews
-“‘I’m 72 and Something That I wrote At 18 is Relevant Now’: An Interview with Ronnie Foster,” Passion of the Weiss, August 1, 2022.
-“‘Jazz is Black and Must Be Kept that Way:’ The Black Jazz Records Essentials, Passion of the Weiss, June 16, 2021.
-“Thelonious Monk, Live from Palo Alto,” Passion of the Weiss, September 22, 2020.
-“The Last Don: The Return of Shabazz Palaces,” Passion of the Weiss, April 21, 2020.
-“A Happy Dance to Fight Existential Dread: Thundercat’s It Is What It Is,” Passion of the Weiss, April 1, 2020.
-“Riding on a Comet: The Astral Plane of Shabaka Hutchings,” Passion of the Weiss, March 25, 2020.
-“Hit ‘Em with the Ism: On Junius Paul’s Latest Opus,” Passion of the Weiss, January 16, 2020.
-“The Lady’s Day: Reflecting on Billie Holiday at 100,” Cuepoint, April 7, 2015.
-“The Religious Experience of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme,” Cuepoint, March 2, 2015.
-Downbeat, August 2007-2013: over 70 album reviews.
-Earshot Jazz, December, 2007 – January, 2009: over 30 album reviews.
-“Rhythm Changes Conference Urges Rethinking of Jazz Cultures,” Downbeat, September, 2013, 86.
-“Keeping Kansas City Cosmopolitan,” Downbeat, August, 2013, 75.
-“Hip-Hop Spinning Beyond Boundaries,” Downbeat, May 2013, 57.
-“Clinics Strike a Chord at UNC Jazz Festival,” Downbeat, July, 2012, 78.
-“SF Jazz Collective Lights Up Lawrence’s Lied Center,” Downbeat.com, March 21, 2012.

Academic Publications
-“Media Review: Miles Davis, Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3,” Jazz Perspectives, Volume 8, Number 3 (2014): 321-326.
-with Milton Wendland and Pete Williams, “Thick Critical Thinking: Toward a New Classroom Pedagogy,” in Critical Thinking in Higher Education, Edited by Martin Davies, Ron Barnett, Robert Ennis (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2015).
-“A Change Is Gonna Come: African American Literature, Jazz and the Intersections of Time, Race, and Justice,” American Studies, Volume 53, Number 4 (2014).
-“Media Review: Wadada Leo Smith, Ten Freedom Summers,” Jazz Perspectives, Volume 7, Number 1 (2013): 77-80.
-“Wynton Marsalis,” The Grove Dictionary of Music, 2nd ed., Edited by Charles Hiroshi Garrett. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013).
-“Maria Schneider” The Grove Dictionary of Music, 2nd ed., Edited by Charles Hiroshi Garrett. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013).
-“Frank Sinatra.” In The Forties in America. Edited by Thomas Tandy Lewis. Pasadena, California: Salem Press, 2010, 873-874.

Editorial Experience
2012-2014: Assistant Editor for the international peer reviewed journal American Studies.

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