Rob Middleton

Rob Middleton holding a Saxophone


Instructor of Music


B.A. Rutgers University
M.M. Manhattan School of Music

Rob Middleton is a prize-winning composer and an active woodwind player and teacher in the New York area.   He has performed in New York, around the U.S and abroad with many jazz greats, including Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Phil Woods, Harry Connick Jr., Lionel Hampton, The New York Voices, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Lovano, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Woody Shaw, Oliver Lake, David Liebman, Randy Brecker, Jane Ira Bloom, and Jim McNeely.  Rob’s recent recordings, both jazz and classical, include “Open Crossings”, music of Andy Teirstein, “Live from New York” and “Eleven” with the Birdland Big Band, “Composers in Collaboration”, new music by New Jersey women composers, and “Urban Soundscapes” with NewYorkestra, which he co-leads and writes for. Rob is also a member and frequent conductor of the Birdland Big Band, which performs weekly at the famed Birdland Jazz Club in New York, and he is long-time member of the BMI/New York Jazz Orchestra, an ensemble dedicated to performing works created by the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop.  He is a former participant in that workshop and a winner of its composition prize.  His compositions and arrangements are performed regularly in the New York area and have appeared in a major motion picture, “The Thomas Crown Affair”.   Rob is a professor of music at Caldwell University in Caldwell, New Jersey.