A talented administrator, marketing executive, fundraiser and producer of concerts and special
events, Robin Bell-Stevens is currently Director of Jazzmobile, Inc., the oldest not-for-profit arts
organization created, solely: to present, preserve and promote America’s Classical music, Jazz –
through education and performance programs. The organization was founded in Harlem in 1964
by Dr. Billy Taylor, Daphne Arnstein, and with Jimmy Heath, who together with Billy, created
Jazzmobile’s pioneering programs. Since the beginning, Jazzmobile has earned a reputation for
presenting quality free arts education programs throughout the community in New York City
schools and free summer mobile jazz concerts throughout the five boroughs and the Metropolitan
area. Over the years, these performance programs have been brought to cities throughout the
United States; in Hong Kong, Japan, and Europe. Today Jazzmobile still presents New York City’s
longest continuous jazz concert series: SUMMERFEST.
Bell-Stevens has an impressive career in Jazz. Prior to joining Jazzmobile, Ms. Bell-Stevens served as
Director of Marketing and Creative Services, Jazz at Lincoln Center— the largest not-for-profit arts
organization committed to promoting appreciation and understanding of jazz. She also served, for 20
years, as the Executive Producer of the “An Afternoon of Jazz” festival, presenting Jazz legends and
emerging artists alike. In addition to establishing the Festival as the premier out-doors one day jazz
festival; she created and produced a nine day Jazz festival in Dakar, Senegal, bringing hundreds of
tourists into this historic city in West Africa. She also was the founder and chief executive of an events
marketing firm: RVB Consultants (New York & Boston). Her clients included elected officials, not-for
profit organizations and corporations. Bell-Stevens began her career as a fashion coordinator and
buyer for Macy*s Herald Square.
A daughter of the late De Lores Bell (a Jazz advocate) and the late Dr. Aaron Bell – jazz bassist,
educator, composer, arranger and band leader (best known for his years as a Duke Ellington bassist),
she grew up in a family that encouraged the importance of education, music, arts and in giving back to
As a volunteer she currently serves on the following Governing and Advisory Boards: The Louis
Armstrong Educational Foundation (Vice President), Jazz Studies at Columbia University, PJS Jazz
Society, The Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy, The Carter Burden Center or the
Aging, and she is a former president of The New York Coalition of 100 Black Women—the flagship
chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and she is involved with several other
community organizations. Previously she also served as a volunteer docent at Gracie Mansion.
A distinguished professional, she has served as a presenter at various jazz, marketing, and
fundraising, conferences and seminars; and has been celebrated for her achievements in arts &
business administration and community service. Awards she has received include the “Jazz Hero”
Jazz Journalists Association; Pioneering Spirit Award, National Black Theater; “Amazing Woman
In Jazz Award” International Women in Jazz; The New York Coalition of 100 Black Women
Colloquy Award; “Achievers in Community Service” featured in a WNBC-TV public service commercial
(aired for 30 days); Pioneer in Black History Award, Anheuser-Busch Companies; 25 Most
Influential Black Women in Business Award, The Network Journal; the Martin Luther King, Jr.
Community Service Award, Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce; the “Roy Wilkins Award for the
Arts” from The Mid-Manhattan Branch NAACP, and a Citation for Community Service from
Congressman Charles B. Rangel.
She holds a master’s in education (with a concentration in management) from Cambridge College.