Robert Muller is a jazz pianist originally from Portland, Oregon, where he studied closely with Blue Note jazz great Dr. Andrew Hill. His modern and exuberant musical approach to the keyboard is informed as much by classic funk as it is by the impressionist composers and by hard bop. The opportunities to perform with jazz greats like bassist Leroy Vinegar (of Charlie Parker fame), trumpet artist Thara Memory, and guitarist Dan Balmer have stayed with him no matter where he's lived.
He has performed at festivals and venues from Anchorage, Alaska to Aarhus, Denmark, backing up artists like Chris Calloway, Hiram Bullock, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Grammy-winning rock guitarist and producer Larry Mitchell, Grammy-winning bluesman Gray Champion, and storied bassist Nathan East.
While living in New York City, Robert performed at venues like the Blue Note, the Knitting Factory, and Studio 54, and his television appearances included multiple events on MTV2 with underground hip-hop artist Pete Miser and an episode of Queer Eye for the Straight guy accompanying songwriter Maria Christensen.
Since moving to New Mexico, he has performed on albums and stages with celebrated performers like Michael Anthony, Robert Mirabal, Michael Herndon, Doug Lawrence, and Hillary Smith. His own group Kodama Trio won New Mexico Music Awards for Best Jazz Album and Best Jazz Song in 2016.
2019 Robert was honored to accompany US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo at her inaugural ceremony at the Library of Congress, a fitting high point for their decade-plus of performing and recording together.
Robert is currently involved in multiple collaborations, including ongoing work with Got Soul, an upcoming reunion with Kodama Trio, and performances and recordings with Diné jazz artist Delbert Anderson. He’s honored and excited to be joining Entourage Jazz as their pianist.
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