Harold "Jukebox" Robinson is a native of Tuskegee, Alabama and has been performing professionally since the age of fifteen. While playing with the "Corvettes", Jukebox backed up such names as Tom Joyner and the Duponts on the campus of Tuskegee University on numerous occasions. He also played on the same show with Tyrone Davis and Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Benson. He went on to earn his B.A. Degree from Alabama State University and later completing his Masters of Music from The University of Miami. While in Miami he jammed with several music legends including Ben Vereen, Connie Francis, Kirk Whalum, Howard Hewitt & Stevie Wonder, just to name a few... Jukebox was also a member of the U.S. Navy Band for four years and was stationed at Pearl Harbor, HI.
After serving as an Assistant Band Director for the Marching Hornets of Alabama State University for three years, he moved to Bessemer, Alabama where he taught instrumental band for the school system for six years. He resigned from teaching elementary band in the Birmingham City School System after three years to launch his Professional career in earnest. He has played for Dr. Frank Adams, Jim Bell, Robert Moore, and most recently Ona Watson who are all in the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. Jukebox played drums with the Birmingham Heritage Jazz Band under the direction of Dr. Tolton Rosser, Birmingham, AL..
Robinson is an Adj. Professor at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama. He teaches for the Music Recording & Industry Program under the School of Communications .
Excluding the one cover tune on the album, Jukebox wrote all the songs featured on LOVE IS AS LOVE DOES
. He played drums, keyboards and sang lead & background vocals on this project. He was accompanied by Don Jones (Bass) and Thomas Wolfe (Guitar), and daughter Tracie Robinson (Vocals). Sound was recorded and mixed by Vic Bell. Cover graphics were done by Melanie Robinson. LOVE IS AS LOVE DOES
was released on January 20, 2002 at "The 22nd Street Jazz Cafe", Birmingham, AL, where over a hundred people showed up for the CD release party. Since the release, Jukebox has appeared on Radio, (WVAS-FM, Montgomery, AL) Television, (Ch 6, Tuskegee, AL; Channel 42, Birmingham, AL) and newspapers, (ASU Today February, 2002 issue & the Auburn/Opelika News, May 24, 2002). LOVE IS AS LOVE DOES
is selling in Japan, Germany, London, Italy and the UK as well as in the U.S., merchandised by cdbaby.com
. LOVE IS AS LOVE DOES
was selected for promotional representation at the 2003 MIDEM event in Cannes, France by Amethyst Entertainment, Inc. in Texas. The event took place January 19th - 23rd and hosted some 10,000 music industry professionals from the US and 30 countries around the world. This event launched the careers of such great artist as Elton John and Sonny & Cher.
Jukebox was featured on the cover of the Montgomery Advertiser's Entertainment Weekly GO! Magazine on October 24, 2004 when he performed at River Walk Amphitheater. He competed for a spot on the Jubilee Festival and his composition "Party" was selected to be placed in the 2004 CD Compilation and distributed to over 5000 vendors.
LOVE IS AS LOVE DOES has won the Directors Award in the 2005 Nashville International Spring Song & Lyric Contest. Paramount Group's Norman Daniels states that Robinson shows very promising talent. He has excellent possibilites for success, and should pursue his career to the fullest extent. Jukebox was also awarded a Songwriter Contract from Paramount Group.
LOVE IS AS LOVE DOES is being played in rotation on CELEBRATE RADIO which is on-the-air on satellite across Europe and the Middle East via satellite, on shortwave to Central and South America, North Africa and Southeast Asia via shortwave radio and everywhere else in 24/7 stream on the web. Don Fass of CELEBRATE RADIO says they love the music and want to promote and feature Jukebox and his music on the radio.
Jukebox performed on drums at Alabama State University School of Music Recital Hall on November 28, 2005 along with Dr. Douglas Bristol, trombone, Bo Berry, trumpet, Sam Williams, flute and sax, Tim Payton, bass and Coleman Woodson III, piano, for An Evening of Jazz Concert. Coleman plays piano for the former American Idol Ruben Studdard & Just a Few Cats. He has a classical piano degree from UAB in Birmingham, AL and has released a CD with Just a Few Cats on sale now. Sam Williams retired from the U.S. Air Force Band and is the leader of the local group Tapestry. A DVD of the concert is available for viewing on the web at www.haroldjukeboxrobinson.com
Robinson performed on drums/vocals with the band KB & The Kool Kats at Bogy's in Montgomery on 1/20/06. A video of the engagement is available on the web for viewing at www.haroldjukeboxrobinson.com. If you like Motown, Oldies, and a little Country music then check out the DVD.
Jukebox is showing his One Man Band DVD, recorded June 16, 2006 as an audition dvd to solicit all Agents, Club Owners, Wedding Planners, Activity Directors, Entertainment Directors, etc. who seeking GREAT entertainment for their upcoming events. The DVD is available for viewing on the web. Your business is greatly appreciated.
Love Is As Love Does, the single will be featured on Mere Music International/Fame Games Radio Station in Spain in January, 2007. The song will air on the 10th-17th of the month. Fame Games has over a million listeners in Spain.This will be edition #117. Please tune in and listen to the music.
Thang Called Love was rated 13 in Mere Music International/ Fame Games Edition #103 in the top 20 songs for November, 06. These songs were rated on their cross over music appeal and judged before being placed in the compettition. Here is the review by MMI.
We really liked the down-to-Earth, solid values of this performance and song. All the right elements are here - good vocal, nice melody, good rhythm and vibe... There's just one thing, though: it sounds like it could have been written and produced in the 70's. This, in and of itself, is not a problem, but if you're seeking feedback for how a song like that might go down in today's market - you'd need to make a number of adjustments. Firstly, the song itself - everything is very much on one level - the chorus should have more of a lift, perhaps by revising its melody, or perhaps just by arranging it differently. Next, very importantly, the arrangement needs to fast-forward 30 years. It's not what instruments are playing, but how they're playing. The groove of the song should be more prominent, the instrumental performances more bold and distinct. There need to be some additional instrumental flavors, something like a warm and fat Rhodes, coming in and out in just the right places, for example... You'll find that just by changing or improving the instrumentation, you'll transform the song - and that in turn will give you new ideas for how to make the melodic structure work even better. Nitpicking aside, however, this is a very credible demo of a seasoned performer and writer