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Orphy Robinson

Orphy Robinson MBE. Robinson is an award winning musician who specialises on Vibraphone & Percussion. The winner of the 2017 Jazz fm Awards “Live Performance of the year’ for his Bobby Hutcherson Songbook project. Robinson was awarded an MBE for “services to music” in the Queen’s birthday Honours list in June 2018. In 2015 he received a top 12 placing in the Critics Poll for the Jazz magazine Downbeat in ‘Vibraphonist of the year’ category. The first time a musician from the UK has achieved this accolade. One of the few musicians from the UK to have been signed to legendary record label ‘Blue Note,' where he released 2 albums and 2 EP’s to great critical and international acclaim

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin

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Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
400 Pages
ISBN: #
Reel Art Press
2018

It was 50 years ago when a group of four people gathered in the basement in Central London for a rehearsal in order to fulfill touring obligations from the band they ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Binker & Moses At London's Jazz Cafe

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Binker & Moses
Jazz Cafe
London
September 12, 2018

Binker & Moses began life around five years ago, when saxophonist Binker Golding and drummer Moses Boyd started playing ferocious, free-association duets during pre-performance sound checks as members of Zara McFarlane's band. Both musicians still tour and record with ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Val Wilmer: Dues And Testimony

Read "Val Wilmer: Dues And Testimony" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Free-jazz, which marked the first revolution in jazz since bebop, and, some might say, the most significant revolution in the entire history of the music, was controversial and divisive. Still today, over half a century later, free-jazz is sometimes dismissed out of hand as just so much noise, or worse, finds itself simply airbrushed from the ...

ARTICLE: BOOK EXCERPTS

Mosaics: The Life and Works of Graham Collier

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The following is an excerpt is from “Chapter 9: The Eighties or Graham Collier -The Wilderness Years" of Mosaics: The Life and Works of Graham Collier by Duncan Heining (Equinox Publishing, 2018). All Rights Reserved.

The late Graham Collier was a bandleader, a composer and a jazz educator. As far as this latter ...

Balagan Cafe Band

An eclectic new project, this group combines the worlds of jazz, world music and classical, featuring the intimate chamber instrumentation of violin, guitar, cello and accordion and an elegant yet fiery fusion of improvisation and written music. Ranging from Parisian and American Jazz, the Chaabi music of Algeria, Tango from Argentina, Balkan folk melodies through to the early modern and folk music of Western Europe, Balagan fuses these threads into a coherent and characteristic sound world. ‘…this is music for the ears, heart and feet.’ The past couple of years have seen the band perform at venues including the Elgar Room, Omnibus and National Portrait Gallery to enthusiastic public responses

Kate Thomas

Eclectic British singer-songwriter Kate Thomas grew up in a small town in Essex called Laindon, near a place nicknamed 'Alcatraz'. Feeling trapped in her early years, Kate would immerse herself in music, maps and languages. The family home was, 'small with woodchip on the walls', but it was warm and creative and the family would spend their time playing music together. The soundtrack to Kate's childhood was mostly jazz, with the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra featuring prominently. Kate's grandad 'farvie' was also a well-known drummer in East London; playing regularly at Ronnie Scott's and at the Krays’ now notorious R&R club

Richard Jones

Richard Jones is an exciting, young British violinist recognised for his innovative sound and approach and adaptability in bringing the violin to life within a broad range of musical contexts. Born in Wales, his musical upbringing was a diverse tapestry of experiences that ignited his passion for music and provided opportunity to explore and develop. He went on to study music in Bath, where he also took time out from education to play with acclaimed British blues band ‘Kill It Kid’ who recorded their debut album in Seattle and toured internationally for a number of years

NEWS: RECORDING

Award-Winning Saxophonist Tony Kofi And The Organisation Release "Point Blank" On The Last Music Company Label on August 31

Award-Winning Saxophonist Tony Kofi And The Organisation Release "Point Blank" On The Last Music Company Label on August 31

“I don’t think I set out to create a retro concept, but it’s mostly what I hear in my head. Because I grew up in the 1970s, the music of that era which I love is deeply rooted within my musical ear,” says saxophonist Tony Kofi of this latest collection, which features the classic organ sound ...