Robert Hurst (musician)

Robert Hurst (born October 4, 1964) is an American jazz bassist.

Robert L. Hurst, III
Robert Hurst performing at The University of Michigan
Background information
Birth nameRobert Hurst
Born (1964-10-04) October 4, 1964
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, educator
InstrumentsDouble bass, bass guitar
Years active1980–present
Associated actsStrata Institute, SFJAZZ Collective, Wynton Marsalis


Hurst played guitar early in his career before concentrating on bass. He worked with Out of the Blue in 1985 and also did work with musicians such as Tony Williams, Mulgrew Miller, Harry Connick Jr., Geri Allen, Russell Malone, and Steve Coleman. From 1986 to 1991 Hurst played in Wynton Marsalis's ensemble, and played with Branford Marsalis in the early 1990s. He was also a member of The Tonight Show Band.[1] His debut as a leader, 1993's Robert Hurst Presents, reached No. 13 on the Billboard Top Jazz Albums chart.[2] He currently teaches jazz bass at the University of Michigan.


As leader

  • Robert Hurst Presents: Robert Hurst (Columbia, 1992)
  • One for Namesake (Sony, 1993)
  • Unrehurst, Vol. 1 (Bebob, 2002)
  • Unrehurst, Vol. 2 (Bebob, 2010)
  • Bob Ya Head (Bebob, 2010)
  • Bob: A Palindrome (Bebob, 2013)[3]
  • Black Current Jam (Dot Time, 2017)

As sideman

With Chris Botti

  • 2005 To Love Again: The Duets
  • 2009 Live in Boston
  • 2012 Impressions

With Donald Brown

With Diana Krall

With Ellis Marsalis Jr.

  • 1990 Ellis Marsalis Trio
  • 1993 Whistle Stop

With Branford Marsalis

  • 1987 Renaissance
  • 1990 Crazy People Music
  • 1990 Music from Mo' Better Blues
  • 1991 Bloomington
  • 1991 The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born
  • 1992 I Heard You Twice the First Time
  • 2004 The Steep Anthology

With Wynton Marsalis

With Greg Osby

  • 2003 St. Louis Shoes
  • 2004 Public

With Out of the Blue

  • 1985 Out of the Blue
  • 1986 Inside Track

With others

Film and video

  • Steven Soderburgh – Ocean's Thirteen, 2007
  • Steven Soderburgh – The Good German, 2006
  • George Clooney – Good Night and Good Luck, 2005
  • Steven Soderburgh – Ocean's Twelve, 2004
  • Steven Soderburgh – Ocean's Eleven, 2000
  • MTV Films on VH–1 – Tamara Davis, Single Ladies, 2011
  • PBS Great Performances – Happy Birthday Ella: A Tribute to the First Lady of Song, 2007
  • HBO Green House Productions – Mackie Austin Hard Road Home, 2007
  • Sony Music Entertainment – Chris Botti in Boston, 2009
  • The Verve Music Group – Live at the Montreal Jazz Festival with Diana Krall, Verve, 2005
  • ABC – Their Eyes Were Watching God, 2005
  • Horn of the Moon Productions – Paco Farias Short Film, Broken, 2003
  • Brown Sugar – 2002
  • Men of Honor – 2000
  • Dinner with Friends – HBO Films. RL. Hurst musician, original score by Dave Grusin
  • The Blue Lobster – Dogma 2000 Presentation
  • The Wood – Paramount Pictures presents an MTV Films Production
  • Beverly Hillbillies, Been There Done That, Theme & Soundtrack
  • Spike Lee Clockers, Mo' Better Blues, Do the Right Thing – Soundtrack
  • USC–Independent Productions – The Expendables, Featuring: Brother Try 'n Catch a Cab on the East Side Blues & Simi Valley Blues by Robert Hurst
  • 20th Century Fox Film Co., Keenan Wayans – In Living Color Featuring: Detroit Red by Robert Hurst (A dance bumper for the Fly Girls)
  • Acorn Productions, Bernie Casey – The Dinner
  • CBS Music Video Enterprises: Wynton Marsalis–Blues & Swing
  • Columbia Records & Pennebaker Associates, Inc., Branford Marsalis–The Music Tells You: Title track, Roust About Composed by Robert Hurst (Jazz Hall of Fame Inductee)
  • Sony Music International Branford Marsalis – BB's Blues
  • Chanticleer Films – Marco Williams – Without a Pass Featuring compositions by Robert Hurst (Cable Ace Award Nominee)


  1. Scott Yanow, Robert Hurst at AllMusic
  2. Charts, Allmusic
  3. "Robert Hurst". AllMusic. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  4. "Robert Hurst | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
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