Remembering Raul Rekow

November 7, 2015

The world has lost a magnificent musician and magnetic personality with the passing of longtime Santana conga player Raul Rekow. Heartfelt wishes to all who knew and loved him. Spinterview is working on a tribute to Raul, and his late bandmate Armando Peraza, for 2016.

UNC-Asheville Hosts Spinterview

August 22, 2015

Robin Tolleson will bring his Spinterview to the University of North Carolina-Asheville on Friday, August 28, drawing from 75 years of Blue Note Records and his interviews with such Blue Note recording artists as Max Roach, Herbie Hancock, Bobby McFerrin, Joe Pass, Billy Martin, Eliane Elias, and ?uestlove. The performance will take place at Lipinsky […]

Event to Honor Piano Legend

April 6, 2015

Originally published by Bryn Stole for The Greenwood Commonwealth April 6, 2015 A longtime music journalist will be paying tribute to the great pianist and Greenwood native Mulgrew Miller with an event at Turnrow Books. DownBeat magazine senior contributor Robin Tolleson will be mixing together selections from some of Miller’s jazz albums with recordings of […]

Robin Tolleson Keeps Blue Note Spirit Alive with ‘Spinterviews’

November 28, 2014

Originally published by Vincent Harris for The Journal November 28, 2014 It’s hard to argue with the legacy of Blue Note Records. The venerable label has spent much of its 75 years delivering some of the best jazz in the history of the medium, wrapped in some of the most evocative packaging of the LP […]

Aural History

May 1, 2014

A music insider perfects the Spinterview Originally published by J.M. for Bold Life Magazine May 1, 2014 Music journalist and drummer Robin Tolleson provides an entertaining inside look at some of the iconic musicians he has interviewed over a 30—year career including Ginger Baker, George Benson, David Byrne, Bela Fleck, Herbie Hancock, Whitney Houston, Lionel […]

Veteran Drummer Creates ‘Spinterviews’ of Music Greats

March 26, 2014

Originally published by Bill Moss for Hendersonville Lightning March 26, 2014 Rob Tolleson dates his start as a music journalist to age 10 when he was growing up in San Francisco in the Sixties. “They would have these great concerts and I’d just run out the door,” he said. “I’d tell my mom, ‘I’m going […]