Jerome Robbins' NY Export: Opus Jazz the Film


Robert Prince

Born in New York City in 1929, Bob Prince graduated the Julliard School, completing studies in composition and percussion. He worked as A&R and Producer for Columbia and Decca Records in the late 50’s and 60’s, producing, arranging and composing for Johnny Mathis, Richard Davis, and Sonny Rollins.  He was commissioned to write “NY Export: Opus Jazz” for Robbins’ Ballets: USA and Events for the New York City Ballet.  His concert hall compositions received rave reviews in Brussels, the Spoleto Festival Due Mondi and New York.  He was even asked to the White House on President Kennedy’s birthday. Bob continued to work with Robbins in theater where they collaborated on the hit show Oh Dad Poor Dad.  After moving his family to Los Angeles, Prince composed scores for all the major studios for both feature film and television.  Bob always attracted bass players as lifelong friends.  His love for their artistry lasted his lifetime, and his affection for Milt Hinton, George Duvivier, and Ray Brown deserves mention here.  Bob spent the past 24 spring and summers in Chilmark, Martha’s Vineyard, where he was adored by his neighbors and tennis partners. Challenging players 20 years his junior, Bob was always a true gentlemen, on and off the court.

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