Brandon L. Robertson is an EMMY® nominated music director, notable Upright/Electric Bassist, Composer, and Music Educator originally from Tampa, FL. He graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music in 2009 and a Master of Music in Jazz Performance in the Spring of 2016. Currently, Brandon is the Instructor of Jazz Studies & Director of the FGCU Basketball Band at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, FL. He is now an honorary member of the Kappa Kappa Psi Mu Upsilon Chapter at Florida Gulf Coast University. Brandon was nominated most recently for an EMMY® Award for best documentary for educational collegiate programs featuring the FGCU Jazz Ensemble.
As a prominent bandleader, Brandon has taken his band on multiple national tours, headlining at some of the top jazz venues in the country, such as The Palladium, Open Stage, Blues Alley, Andy’s Jazz Club, The Jazz Showcase, The Jazz Kitchen, Cliff Bells, NightTown, The BOP STOP, The Jazz Estate, Shapeshifter Lab, The Side Door, Twins Jazz, Velvet Note, B-Sharps Jazz Club, and many others. To add to his impressive resume, Brandon has performed with notable acts such as The World Famous Count Basie Orchestra led by director Scotty Barnhart, Vocalist Carmen Bradford (Singer for The Count Basie Orchestra), Jason Marsalis, Marcus Roberts, Marty Morell (Drummer of Pianist Bill Evans: 1968-1974), Vocalist Carla Cook (Grammy Nominee NYC Singer), Dan Miller (Former Member of The Harry Connick Jr. Big Band) , Lew Del Gatto (Former Member of the SNL Band), Leroy Jones, Charlie McCoy (International Harmonica Player, Country Hall of Fame), Ray Coussins (Pianist and Former Accompanist for Frank Sinatra), Eric Alexander, Wycliffe Gordon, Greg Tardy, Marcus Printup (Member of the JALC Orchestra), Nick Finzer, and International Canadian Jazz Singers June Garber, Laila Biali & Halie Loren.
Brandon has been featured as a performer and bandleader at various national jazz festivals, including his headline debut at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Clearwater Jazz Festival, Savannah Jazz Festival, Festival Miami, and many others. Brandon is releasing is his first jazz album entitled “Bass’d on a True Story” Summer of 2019.
“Brandon Robertson is one of the best young bassists in the world today. Brandon has subbed for the COB and he's never missed a single beat! He brings the proper level of skill and imagination to the bandstand that can lift and propel a trio, a quintet, or a full jazz orchestra....hire him...."
-Scotty Barnhart, Jazz Trumpeter & Director of The Count Basie Orchestra
"I met Brandon Robertson while performing with the Count Basie Orchestra, and from the moment he started to play, he locked down that tempo. I never had to turn around and give him "eyebrows" the groove was solid, and I exhaled. I've enjoyed performing with Brandon over the years and he is truly one of the finest young bassist on the scene"!
-Carmen Bradford, Jazz Vocalist and Singer of the Count Basie Orchestra
"For me, swing is everything. The pocket must have depth and the quarter notes must be fat and possess that electricity and intensity that propels the music. Brandon Robertson is a musician whose playing is rooted in those concepts. He swings with authority."
-Dan Miller, Yamaha Endorsed Trumpeter & Former Member of the Harry Connick Jr. Big Band & JALC Orchestra
"I have been working with Brandon for the past few years and it is a pleasure to share the bandstand with him. He plays with great time and a big sound and his exuberance and love for the music makes every gig fun".
-Lew Del Gatto, Former Member of the Saturday Night Live Band
"I was extremely humbled when the FGCU jazz band performed a tribute concert of my arrangements! What a "swingin" band under the direction of bassist/conductor Brandon Robertson! Jazz is happening at FGCU!”
-Mark Taylor, Retired Chief Arranger of The US Army Band and Staff Arranger for Hal Leonard Corp.
"Brandon Robertson is one of those hungry young musicians who will have a positive impact on everybody in his spectrum"
-Rodney Jordan, Jazz Bassist & Associate Professor of Jazz Studies, Florida State University
“Brandon Roberts is a go-to swinging bass player. He is all aces!”
-Jeff Rupert, Director of Jazz Studies, University of Central Florida
“Brandon Robertson is a groove machine! Always love playing with him. He is very knowledgeable, groove oriented, and has a great beat to play along (and hook-up) with. This same type of work ethic (as a musician) also carries over into his personality, so when you experience Brandon, the musician, you are also experiencing Brandon, the person. He is also a great motivation for kids who might be pursuing music as a career as well. Relates to students very well!”
-Leon Anderson- Jazz Drummer & Director of Jazz Studies, Florida State University
"I have been fortunate enough to know Brandon as both a performer and an educator. As a bassist, he plays with a big sound and a buoyant swing that pushes any group he plays with to new heights. He brings this same level of intensity to his teaching, and his enthusiasm for the music rubs off on his students."
-Dr. Thomas Heflin, Jazz Trumpeter & Assistant Professor of Jazz, Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College