Robert W Oliver
NEWS   FEBRUARY 16, 2010 Robert Launches Web Site
Robert's new website and blog is up and running today. In addition to new music and shows, visitors and subscribers will be treated to CD and book reviews, new artist reviews, and a planned series of articles on how to put together a home studio. To check out the site and subscribe to his blog, please visit
Autumn Leaves (with On the Cool Side)
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On the Cool Side live at 45 South Cafe in Norcross, Georgia. Tom Godfrey, guitar & vocals; Robert W. Oliver, piano; Mike Jacino, bass; and Andy Glasser, drums.
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play hi-fi  Sao Paulo
play hi-fi  Cold December Rain
play hi-fi  Time, Space, and Gasoline
play hi-fi  Zero Gee
play hi-fi  Elysian Fields
play hi-fi  Snow in Korea
play hi-fi  Au Revoir
play hi-fi  Vesuvius
play hi-fi  Lower Broadway Blues
play hi-fi  Return to Avalon
Robert W. Oliver is a keyboardist and composer living in Georgia.

His first album, Time, Space, and Gasoline, was released online in April, 2008, and was met with wide international acclaim, notably in Europe and Japan. The songs "Sao Paulo" and "Cold December Rain" quickly charted in the Smooth Jazz Top 10 category on, with "Cold December Rain" claiming the number one spot for 3 weeks.

Robert will follow this album with Songs of Innocence/Songs of Experience, a collection of instrumental works inspired by the verses of pre-Romantic English poet William Blake. It is due to be released online soon. Robert is currently at work on Beowulf, his latest concept album.

In addition to writing, and recording music, Robert is the keyboardist for Black Diamond, and has been with them since 2007. He accompanied Patti Holiday at the W. C. Handy Jazz Festival in Florence, AL in the summer of 2009, where the duo opened for Eric Essix. Robert has also been very active in the music programs of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Florence, AL and St. Francis of Assisi in Cartersville.

In all of his spare time, Robert teaches English Literature to middle school students. He enjoys reading, listening to a wide variety of music, and playing vintage musical instruments. His political slant is moderately extreme righto-leftism. Robert likes Monty Python, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Clint Eastwood westerns, German chocolate cake, and dogs.

Robert plays with the Atlanta-based jazz quartet On The Cool Side ( He also plays hotel and restaurant gigs with singer Amanda Glass. Robert is also available for weddings, private parties, studio work, and substitutions.

Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertwoliver

Robert begs forgiveness for speaking of himself in the third person. The rest of the interview is in first person, as if someone actually sat down and asked Robert these questions. We are amused.
Why this name?
Mom gave it to me. It's sort of stuck.
Do you play live?

I've played gigs throughout the Southeast - club dates, casuals, weddings, and benefits.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
MP3s are not a high quality format for music. That said, they've taken over the internet as the medium of choice for music, so we artists kind of have to play along, you know? But they (the net and MP3s) have made more music available to more people, satisfying our instant gratification need at the same time.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
It depends. If it was worth it to me, sure, but the majors want so much control over your project. I understand why, but I still don't want to give up all that control. The way things are now, I can go downstairs at 2 AM and record. As a matter of fact, that's pretty much what happened on "Zero Gee."
Your influences?
Rick Wakeman, Keith Emerson, Ludwig van Beethoven, J.S. Bach, Joey DeFrancesco (the hottest jazz organist), Elton John, Steely Dan, Enya, Tom Petty (props to Benmont Tench - the sideman's sideman), Steve Winwood, Marcome (you MUST listen to her on Soundclick!) and my beloved piano teacher Wanda Gilmore
Favorite spot?
Nashville, TN
Equipment used:
Yamaha: CP33 stage piano (sounds yummy!)
Korg: M3-73 synth workstation, CX3 organ, PA-50 arranger workstation
Roland: JV-1080
Rhodes Mark I electric piano
Old but reliable Mackie 1202VLZ3
2 Roland KC 350 Keyboard Amps
Motion Sound Pro 3X Rotary Speaker

Various bits of recording gear, including a prized Otari MX5050 BIII
Alesis Studio 32 and Mackie 1604 mixers
Yamaha AW4416 multitrack recorder
Alesis Masterlink (all studios need one!)
Tascam M1600 24 Track 8-buss console (arriving soon!)
Anything else...?
Member AFM Local 148-462
Member ASCAP
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