Robert Hurst: Bassist, Composer, Producer, Educator

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The Robert Hurst Quintet @ Blue Whale, L.A.

The Robert Hurst Quintet, featuring Robert Hurst on Bass, Anthony Wilson on Guitar, Geoff Keezer on Piano, Karriem Riggins on Drums and Munyungo Jackson on Percussion, will play at Blue Whale in Los Angeles, CA on January 9 and 10, 2014.

The Robert Hurst Quintet @ Jazz Standard, NYC

The Robert Hurst Quintet, featuring Robert Hurst on bass, Marcus Strickland on saxophone, David Virelles on piano, Jeff “Tain” Watts on drums and PePe Espinosa on percussion, will play at NYC's Jazz Standard club on March 25 and 26, 2014.

The Robert Hurst Group @ Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, Grosse Point, MI

The Robert Hurst Group will play at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe in Grosse Pointe, MI on April 25 and 26, 2014.

Downbeat Magazine: Woodshed

"Woodshed: Master Class by Robert Hurst" is featured in the current issue of Downbeat magazine.

"For Bass Players Only" Interview

An interview with Robert Hurst by Jon Liebman is available on

IROCK Jazz Interview

"Robert Hurst: Jazz and the Motown Sound", an interview with Robert Hurst, is featured on iRock Jazz.


BoB: A Palindrome

Fresh from 2013 Grammy Award wins with Sir Paul McCartney and Chris Botti, Robert Hurst assembles an all-star cast featuring Branford Marsalis, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Marcus Belgrave, Bennie Maupin, Robert Glasper, and Adam Rudolph on his 6th release as a bandleader.

Reviews of BoB: A Palindrome

  • “For his sixth CD, Robert Hurst delivers a contender for Contemporary Jazz Record of the Year...”
    - Chris Jisi, Bass
  • “It's a treasure. ...sumptuous and thoroughly engrossing...”
    - Jeff Tamarkin, Jazz Times
  • “‘Bob: A Palindrome’ is exceptional... and everyone is firing on all cylinders...”
    - Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press
  • “a strong candidate for Jazz CD of 2013, and comes highly recommended.”
    - Michael G. Nastos, Cadence Magazine
  • “This is urbane, highly creative, and straight-ahead modern jazz at its finest.”
    - Matt Collar, AllMusic
  • “jazz bassist Robert Hurst’s sixth studio recording and his best yet.”
    - Charles L. Latimer, I Dig Jazz
  • “Robert Hurst plays with an elegant soul and the precision of a surgeon.”
    - Brent Black, Critical Jazz
  • “The performances... are consistently exemplary. ...well worth the wait.”
    - S. Victor Aaron, Something Else!

2013 Grammy Winners Featuring Robert Hurst on Bass

Critical Acclaim

  • Critics Pick for Best Jazz CDs of 2011: “Unrehurst Vol. 2” and “Bob Ya Head”
  • Downbeat Annual Critics Poll: Top Bassists of 2011


Robert Hurst has been one of the most in-demand bass players in jazz for the past quarter century and has done extensive stints in the bands of Wynton Marsalis, Tony Williams, Branford Marsalis, Charles Lloyd, Chris Botti, and Diana Krall.

Hurst is an Associate Professor of Music at The University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance, Dept. of Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation, Ann Arbor, MI.

University of Michigan Click here to download Robert's full biography (PDF).

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