Marcus and Dawn Burns Robinson met on stage when their bands joined to perform a song. Lightning struck, igniting a passion for sensual, soulful jazz.
Marcus and Dawn Burns Robinson met – literally – on stage. His band, Gun Metal Black, included two members from Trey Anastasio’s band. She was performing with Fillmore’s Ladder, who covered Trey’s song “Cayman Review.” When the bands joined on stage to perform the song together, lightning struck. Four years later, they were married. Together, they fuse their soulful jazz grooves and the result is passionate, sensual, funky, soulful jazz.
Marcus Robinson, a native of Miami, FL, was born into a family of highly talented singers and musicians. After discovering a love of guitar and vocals at the age to 10, he played with numerous local bands in area. Notable players from that nascent circle of development included the likes of Carmen Lundy, Curtis Lundy, Bobby Watson, Greg G-Rob Robinson, Gloria Estefan and others. Marcus studied music privately and also attended the University of Miami's School of Music.
Marcus is an old school jazz-funk player with chops reminiscent of his major influences like Carlos Santana, Johnny "Wah-Wah" Watson, and Jimmy Hendrix. He is a soulful player who can play the high energy fusion stuff as well as smooth jazz and tasteful R&B.
Dawn Burns has been a gifted singer all her life. Dawn has recorded with the West Angeles Church of God in Christ Mass Choir and Norman Hutchins with Kurt Carr as musical director. She has performed with great musicians: Gladys Knight, Daryl Coley, and Shanice and has worked with producers including Ron Wynans, David Foster and Dave Carlock.
In partnership with Marcus, Dawn’s flagship solo project, Here’s to Love paid homage to the most powerful force in the human experience. Singing originals and songs recorded by artists she admires, she honored the many levels of experiences love offers us. Soulful and sensuous, she takes you on a love trip; romantic, casual, deep union, love for humanity and family - with laid back funky jazz grooves.