IPR will be closed on Monday, November 12th in honor of Jackie Lee Robinson Day!
Jack Robinson – 1962-2004
Known throughout the industry as Jack “Blackjack” Robinson, Jack inspired as he excelled for more than 20 years as an artist, session musician, writer, producer, studio owner and educator.
His album credits include gold and platinum records with Prince, Larry Graham, Brandy, Monica, Ann Nesby and Razel of the Roots. He toured around the country as a front-of-house engineer, and around the world as a performer. As a writer and producer, Jack worked for MCA, Virgin, Warner Brothers, Motown and many other major record labels in many of the elite studios of the country. He also created music for film and television projects through Miramax, HBO and other networks.
His educational experience includes working as a teacher and curriculum developer for Music Tech College and his own education program, the Electronic Musician’s Workshop (EMW), where he taught music production, audio engineering, music business, music theory, songwriting and digital video production. The facility also was home to his record label, EMW Records. As Director of Academics at IPR, Jack combined his wealth of music and education experience. He created the school’s entire curriculum, designing it to teach young people what they need to know to work in the music industry – on both the producing and engineering side, while also providing lessons in entrepreneurship so that students have the knowledge to start their own music business.
Tragically, Jack’s life was cut short in a car accident in June 2004. However Jack’s enthusiasm and dream of getting music back into the minds of youth, along with his dedication to helping anyone who aspired to work in the music industry, will forever remain a guiding principle at IPR.