JR Robinson to perform at the London Drum Show

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John 'JR' Robinson started playing drums at the age of 8, and turned pro when he started his first band at the young age of 10. While touring with his own band in early 1978, John got his break. Rufus and Chaka Khan came into the club where he was playing and by the third set, the band ‘Rufus’ was sitting in with John! Within a few weeks, John had moved to LA to finish the 1978 Rufus world tour.
In late 1978, John was introduced to Quincy Jones. “Q” asked John if he did sessions outside Rufus. Of course he said “yes” and John was in the studio recording ‘Off The Wall’ for Michael Jackson. Ever since that record, JR’s phone has been ringing ‘off the wall’! JR has become the most recorded drummer in history, even surpassing the great Hal Blaine, having played on over 500,000,000 records! His hits include We Are The World, All Night Long, I’m So Excited, Off The Wall, and Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough, Rock With You, The Way You Make Me Feel, Smooth Criminal, Workin Day and Night and Bad from the late great Michael Jackson. Of course in 1983, JR won a Grammy with Rufus and Chaka Khan for “Ain’t Nobody” from Stompin At The Savoy.

John has been the the drummer for Quincy Jones since 1979, for Barbra Streisand from 1993 through the present, and for the Oscars multiple times. He has also played on a number of motion pictures including The Body Guard, Free Willy, Independence Day, Anchorman, The Hangover and Batman vs. Superman.

JR endorses DW drums, Paiste cymbals, Remo drumheads, Innovative Percussion, Blue microphones, Zoom cameras, Axis percussion, Latin Percussion, Roland V-Drums, Monster cable, Danmar, Porter & Davies, Slapklatz,The Sweet Spots, Soundbrenner’s The Pulse, Auralex and The Drum Channel.

He has two solo CD’s; “Funkshui” and “Platinum” out on his own label, Homecourt Records and another CD called “Rivers Of Paradise” with his band TRW released through Frontiers Records. JR also has a band called Native Son with band members Michael Thompson, Bobby Watson and Mo Pleasure with a new CD, “Son Talk” released 2011 on King Records. His educational DVD ,“Time Machine” for The Drum Channel was released August 1, 2011. “Time Machine” won DVD of the Year by Modern Drummer Magazine. JR is producing multiple projects and maintains a recording studio in Thousand Oaks, CA. JR has just finished producing Null Paradox “Love Or Destiny” released 2/14/2017 and scoring a film called "The Bronx Boys".

JR will continue to add his magic on many hits, movies and jingles to come with his recognised sound employing great time, great songs and a great groove.

JR will perform in association with



  • 101 Drums

  • 64 Audio

  • ACD Unlimited

  • ACM

  • ACS Custom

  • Active Music Distribution

  • ADC Drums

  • Agner Drumsticks

  • Ahead Armor Cases

  • Ahead Drumsticks and Accessories

  • Aquarian Drumheads

  • Audix Microphones

  • Big Fat Snare Drum

  • Bosphorus Cymbals

  • BR Distribution

  • British Drum Company


  • Chalklin

  • Crazy John's

  • Custom IEM Co.

  • D'Addario

  • Danmar Percussion Products

  • Doc's Proplugs

  • Dream Cymbals

  • Drum Dial

  • Drum N Base

  • Drum Shop

  • Drum SOS

  • Dunnett Classic Drums

  • DW Drums

  • e/MERGE

  • EMD

  • Evans

  • Exclusive Drums

  • Flix

  • GEWA

  • Gibraltar

  • Gigpig

  • Gremlin Music

  • Gretsch

  • Hardcase

  • Headstock

  • Hot Sticks

  • Impression Cymbals

  • Innovative Percussion

  • Istanbul Agop

  • Istanbul Mehmet

  • Jerry Harvey Audio

  • KickPort

  • Korg

  • Lion's Touch

  • Los Cabos

  • LP

  • Ludwig Drums

  • Mapex

  • Mercury Hearing

  • Music For All

  • Natal Drums and Percussion

  • OneRudiment

  • Paiste

  • PanAmor Sound Sculptures

  • PDP

  • Pearl

  • Promark

  • Remo

  • REpercussion

  • Rhythm Magazine

  • Roc N Soc

  • Rogers

  • Roland

  • RTOM

  • Rusty Drums

  • Schlagwerk

  • SCV Distribution

  • Soundproofing Expert

  • Southern Percussion Ltd

  • Stagg

  • Tackle Instrument Supply Co.

  • Tama


  • ToneAlly

  • Treeworks

  • Trinity College London

  • Trojan Distribution

  • UFiP Cymbals

  • Ultimate Ears

  • Vic Firth

  • Yamaha

  • Zebra Drums

  • Zildjian

Opening Times

Saturday 10 Nov 2018
10:00 - 18:00

Sunday 11 Nov 2018
10:00 - 18:00
Level 2 closes at 17:00 on Sunday 


Show Info

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