Biography

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Brandon L. Robertson is an EMMY® nominated director and notable Upright/Electric Bassist originally from Tampa, FL. In 2009, Brandon became a member of the Florida-based jazz trio The Zach Bartholomew Trio. The trio had the prestige honor of being part of the exclusive inaugural band for the Governor of Florida, Rick Scott in 2011. In 2012, Brandon released his first album with the Zach Bartholomew Trio entitled "Out of This Town", which received notable reviews from jazz critics.

In 2014, Brandon formed his own jazz/neo-soul/pop band called "Jazz Copeland". The band in it's two year span had great success performing for various festivals and venues around Florida. In 2015, Brandon performed at the world famous Dizzy's Coca Cola Club in New York City with the nationally recognized FSU Jazz Sextet joining members of the JALC Orchestra. The Fall of 2015, he was honored with the opportunity to perform with the legendary Count Basie Orchestra on a few shows. Brandon has performed in the South Carolina Jazz Festival, Atlanta Jazz Festival, Savannah Jazz Festival, Clearwater Jazz Festival, Sanibel Jazz & Blues Festival, The Landings Music Festival, Florida Jazz & Blues Festival, and In May of 2017, Brandon made his debut as a Headlining Act at the 2017 International Jacksonville Jazz Festival in Jacksonville, FL.

Aside from being an active musician, Brandon is also an advocate in Jazz/Music Education. In the last seven years, Brandon has presented jazz clinics, workshops, masterclasses, and guest performances in schools K-12 throughout Florida, and taught at the Florida State University Summer Jazz Camps for Middle school and High school.

Brandon has performed with notable acts such as World Famous Count Basie Orchestra led by director Scotty Barnhart, Vocalist Carmen Bradford (Singer for The Count Basie Orchestra), Jason Marsalis (NEA Jazz Master, Drummer & Vibraphonist), Marcus Roberts (Jazz Pianist), Marty Morell (Drummer of Pianist Bill Evans: 1968-1974), Vocalist Carla Cook (Grammy Nominee NYC Singer), Dan Miller (Former Member of The Harry Connick Jr. Big Band) , Lew Del Gatto (Former Member of the SNL Band), Leroy Jones (Jazz Trumpeter, New Orleans Legend), Harry Watters (Trombonist, Jupiter Endorsed Artist), Charlie McCoy (International Harmonica Player, Country Hall of Fame), Ray Coussins (Pianist and Former Accompanist for Frank Sinatra), Eric Alexander, Wycliffe Gordon, Greg Tardy, Marcus Printup (Member of the JALC Orchestra), Nick Finzer, Patricia Dean, Thomas Heflin, Leon Anderson, International Jazz Singers June Garber & Halie Loren, Zach Bartholomew (International Jazz Pianist), Gerald Watkins (Member of the Ellis Marsalis Quartet), Robert Boone (Drummer for the Count Basie Orchestra), Ray "Quasi" Nelson (Drummer for Pop Singer Khelani and former drummer for the Count Basie Orchestra), and Adrian Crutchfield (Former Saxophonist for Prince).

In 2009, he graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a focus on Jazz Studies. In the Spring of 2016 he earned a Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance at FSU. During this two-year period, he directed jazz ensembles, small jazz combos, taught various music courses at the University each semester, and performed with traveling national acts visiting the campus. He was also a faculty member of Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College in Tifton, GA.

Currently, Brandon is the Director of Jazz Studies & Director of the FGCU Basketball Band at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, FL. He is now an honorary member of the Kappa Kappa Psi Mu Upsilon Chapter at Florida Gulf Coast University. Brandon was nominated most recently for an EMMY® Award for best documentary for educational colleigate programs featuring the FGCU Jazz Ensemble.

Brandon is a current member of the Dan Miller/Lew Del Gatto Quartet, and performs regularly with National and International artist from around the country. Brandon is set to release his first recording "Bass’d on A True Story" Spring of 2019.