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American jazz musician, recording artist, composer, bandleader, teacher, and the list goes on, has been playing guitar six age thirteen. Robinett comes from an impressive musical bloodline, his father being a first cousin of the legendary jazz bassist Charles Mingus. Henry’s early musical influences were Jimi Hendrix and Charles Mingus, the latter with whom Henry lived in New York City for a short time. Henry has often reflected on what a profound impact the bassist has had on his life. He also remembers associations with saxophone great Sonny Rollins and rock legend Joni Mitchell. He has played and toured over the globe. Henry now resides in Sacramento. His latest CD called is “I Have Known Mountains”, the title inspired by the Langston Hughes poem, “I’ve Known Rivers.” This is the 5th of his own CDs.  He is also a founding member of The Capital Jazz Project and has played with great musicians such as Muhal Richard Abrams, George Lewis, Chico Freeman, Frank Strozier, Gary Bartz, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, Bobby Hutcherson, Benny Green, Geoffrey Keezer,  and many others. He taught in Vienna, Austria at the American Institute of Music and was on the faculty of the University of the Pacific and Cosumnes River College.© Henry Robinett 2012