"Hers is a white chocolate sound, intense and pure, swinging and bitter-sweet. Ellen Robinson's CD "Mercy!" showcases the West Coast singer in a beautifully balanced program of standards and fresh material. Keep your ears and eyes open for more Ellen Robinson." Carol Sloane
Swinging and straight-from-the-heart vocals from this adventuresome singer with loads of presence and a diverse selection of songs. Ellen Robinson is known for her ability to sing with a vocal palette that has a wide variety of colors in both her choice of material and also the range of emotions she covers in a performance. Her latest CD "Mercy! Ellen Robinson Live" captures those transparent moments and passionate one-of-a-kind performances in a compilation of songs selected from four different concerts performed since her last CD “On My Way To You.”
Ellen is backed by an array of talented musicians: pianist Ben Flint, bassists John Schifflett and John Wiitala, drummers John Arkin, Andrew Eberhard and Jeff Marrs, and reedman Charles McNeal.
This recording was produced by Ellen on her own EMR MUSIC label with the San Francisco Bay Area’s well loved drummer, jazz treasure and radio personality, Bud Spangler.
“Ellen Robinson is a welcome entree into the world of jazz voices. This CD is a keeper on the ‘play it again’ shelf.” Bruce Tater, KETR - Commerce, TX
Ellen’s singing is enriched by a firm foundation of education and training: she has studied with the legendary Mark Murphy, former Voicestra member Raz Kennedy, jazz vocalists Madeline Eastman and Ann Dyer, cabaret performer Faith Winthrop, and scat singer extraordinaire Kitty Margolis. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree focusing on piano and voice from Ithaca College in New York and continued her education on the graduate level at C.W. Post, Hofstra University, Bank Street College of Education, and SUNY-Stony Brook.
“Ellen Robinson is blessed with great pipes.” Jazz Improv Magazine
Currently Ellen is the Director of the Anything Goes Chorus, a 50 member community chorus for men and women which she founded in 1980 in the San Francisco Bay Area, and three women’s vocal ensembles: Girlfriendz, Swingshift Singers and Treble Makers. She is also a gifted and dedicated vocal coach to many private students.