Saxophonist and composer, Rob Mitchell (BA, MMus, PGCE) is a former student of Dave O’Higgins and began studying the saxophone aged 15 at Hartwick College, New York. There he studied under drummer Justin DiCioccio (Manhattan School of Music) and discovered his love of big bands and jazz performance.
After studying his Masters degree, Rob performed and toured with bands including Martha Reeves, Candi Staton, The Haggis Horns, Roy Wood, Tony Christie, The Craig Charles Fantasy Funk Band, The Tommy Evans Orchestra, Alexander O’Neal, Jaki Graham, Dominic Miller, The BBC Big Band, Dennis Rollins, Mike Gibbs, Ian Ballamy, Dave O’Higgins, Alan Barnes and Juliet Roberts.
Rob continues to perform around the world and some of the most memorable performances include Proms in the Park 2013 (Hyde Park) with The Craig Charles Fantasy Funk band in front of 45,000 people and broadcast on the BBC, Glastonbury with Kava Kava, supporting the legendary Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings at ‘The Ritz’ in Manchester and The Strictly Come Dancing Live Show.
Rob has featured on many recordings including those by The BBC Big Band, Jaki Graham, Lisa Stansfield, Submotion Orchestra, The Haggis Horns and The Tommy Evans Orchestra.
Festivals have included Glastonbury, London Jazz Festival, Proms in The Park, Freedom Festival, The Garden Festival, Croatia, La Sala de Carabanchel, Madrid, Mostly Jazz Festival and Manchester Jazz festival.
Rob has appeared on radio, television and has been interviewed for a number of publications including BBC Four, BBC Radio 2&3, BBC Radio 6, Saxophone & Clarinet Magazine and KVM Magazine.
In 2011 Rob began an exciting new venture into online publishing, getting many of his jazz and pop arrangements published through Jazzwise, which are available for download at jazzwise.com
Over the last couple of years Rob has formed a new group called ‘The Abstract Orchestra’, a big band that fuses Hip-hop and Jazz, where he is composer/arranger and producer. The band is made up of some of the best musicians in the UK that have toured and recorded with Jamiroqaui, Corinne Bailey Rae, Amy Winehouse and Submotion Orchestra. The group has seen quick success and has already headlined many festivals and supported acts such as De La Soul.
Rob is an award-wining teacher and has taught at Leeds College of Music for the last ten years. He is a Senior Lecturer on the BA Music (Jazz) course, tutoring in saxophone and composition one to one lessons. Rob also delivers composition and musical direction lectures and is module co-ordinator for composition.