Robin McBride

Robin McBride

When in college, worked summers for both the Newport and New York Jazz Festivals. Also, wrote music column for the Norwich Bulletin newspaper in Connecticut. Produced my first album, big band music of The 16, a band formed by two Chicagoans, Fred Karlin and Jim Atlas. Produced 3 jazz concerts on and off campus. Started full time in New York for Columbia Records. In the A&R Department, assisted in the recording of two Carnegie Hall Concert albums. Tranferred to Columbia's sister label, Epic, where I produced my first Rock Group, The Remains, and 3 other artists.

Went to work at Scholastic Magazines where I headed their Folkways Record label activity and produced albums of folk music and poetry. During this time I independently produced Paul Bley for ESP Records, and a rock group for RCA Victor.

Mercury Records brought me to Chicago to re-activate their Limelight label into a series of releases of expeimental rock and electronic music. After a year or so, I produced my first "chart" record, "Them Changes" with Buddy Miles. When the Limelight activity slowed down, I came to produce over 26 recording artists including: The Ohio Players, Chuck Mangione, Houston Person, Charles Earland, The Second City and Heartsfield. Upon Leaving Mercury, I started an independent label, UV Records and worked with the Chicago band, Bohemia as manager and record producer for several years. I also independently produced albums by Gamble Rogers for the Mountain Railroad and Flying Fish labels. After several years in the securities business, I have returned to developing recording projects, and producing albums with a focus on jazz. Hopefully, I have completed an album with the jazz trio led by young pianist, Miro Sprague, and will place it with an independent label.

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