Biography

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Brandon L. Robertson is an EMMY® nominated director and notable Upright/Electric Bassist originally from Tampa, FL. In the same year, Brandon became a member of the popular 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 2009, he graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a focus on Jazz Studies. In the same year, Brandon became a member of the popular 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 2012, Brandon released his first album with the Zach Bartholomew Trio entitled "Out of This Town", which received notable reviews from jazz critics. 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. In the Spring of 2016 he earned a Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance at Florida State University. 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 School of Music in Tifton, GA where he taught applied bass and helped assist with the jazz ensemble.

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.

As a prominent bandleader, Brandon has taken his band on multiple national tours, headlining at some of the top jazz venues in the country, such as The Palladium, Open Stage, Blues Alley, Andy’s Jazz Club, The Jazz Showcase, The Jazz Kitchen, Cliff Bells, NightTown, The BOP STOP, The Jazz Estate, Shapeshifter Lab, The Side Door, Twins Jazz, Velvet Note, B-Sharps Jazz Club, and many others. To add to his impressive resume, Brandon has performed with notable acts such as The World Famous Count Basie Orchestra led by director Scotty Barnhart, Vocalist Carmen Bradford (Singer for The Count Basie Orchestra), Laila Biali (2019 JUNO Award Winner), Jason Marsalis, Marcus Roberts, 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, 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, and Canadian Jazz Singers June Garber & Halie Loren. Brandon has also toured 22 countries in Europe traveling from the Mediterranean, up the capitol of Iceland. 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

Currently, Brandon is the Instructor 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" Fall of 2019.