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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: Take Five With...

Take Five with Tap Dancer Petra Haller

Read "Take Five with Tap Dancer Petra Haller" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Petra Haller Petra Haller, based in jny: London, UK, is a respected figure in the fields of tap dance and music. Honored as a Rising Jazz Artist by Jazzwise Magazine and mentioned as one  of Reader's Digest's “10 Female Jazz Musicians You need to Know" Haller has swiftly risen in prominence in the UK and ...


Article: Interview

Tomos Williams: An Absolute Riot! Risings, Race And Identity In Wales

Read "Tomos Williams: An Absolute Riot! Risings, Race And Identity In Wales" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Threads. They wind their way through history, overlapping, interconnecting and sometimes weaving strange and powerful narratives that never really end, but simply grow and evolve. In 2020, half a millennium after the first transatlantic slave ships set sail from Europe to Africa, cheering protesters in Bristol, England, dumped the statue of slave trader Edward ...


Article: Album Review

Tomos Williams: Cwmwl Tystion II: Riot!

Read "Cwmwl Tystion II: Riot!" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Billowing clouds of black smoke dominate a blood-red backdrop. From the cover alone, it is clear that trumpeter/composer Tomos Williams has something extra-musical to say. The Welsh language project name--Cwmwl Tystion means 'witness'--and the English title-- Riot!--writ large, expel any doubt. Inspired by events both famous and infamous in Welsh history--workers revolts, pogroms and race riots--this ...


Cwmwl Tystion II: Riot!

Label: Tŷ Cerdd
Released: 2023
Track listing: Cadw tŷ mewn cwmwl tystion / Keeping house in a cloud of witnesses; Merthyr Rising 1831; Tonypandy Riots 1910; Tredegar Riots 1911; Bet yw byw?/What is living?; Cardiff Race Riots 1919; Mahmood Mattan 1952.


Article: Album Review

Tony Kofi Quartet: Plays Monk

Read "Plays Monk" reviewed by Chris May

When it was first released in autumn 2004, Tony Kofi's Plays Monk: All Is Know (as it was then titled) was the saxophonist's first release as leader, a full thirteen years after his emergence with high-profile young Turks the Jazz Warriors. The album went on to win the BBC Jazz Awards Album Of The Year prize. ...


Article: Live Review

Jazz Promotion Network Conference 2022

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Jazz Promotion Network Conference 2022 The MAC jny: Belfast, Northern Ireland November 3-4, 2022 Jazz Promotion Network's (JPN) annual conference saw over one hundred delegates gather at Belfast's Metropolitan Arts Centre (The MAC) for two days of talks, exchange of ideas and music showcases (see separate article). Founded around a decade ...


Article: Live Review

Brilliant Corners 2022

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Brilliant Corners 2022 The Black Box jny:Belfast, N. Ireland March 4-12, 2022 Brilliant Corners is ten. Belfast's onliest jazz festival celebrated the milestone by welcoming audiences back to The Black Box after 2021's virtual edition. When Brilliant Corners was last held here before a live audience, in March 2020, Covid ...


Article: Book Review

Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz

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Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz David Burke 240 Pages ISBN: 9781908755483 Desert Hearts 2021 David Burke's survey of British jazz musicians of colour does not begin promisingly. The first sentence of his Foreword reads: “Jazz is, of course, African-American in provenance, just as the greatest ...


Article: Festivals Talking

Moers Festival Interviews: Pat Thomas

Read "Moers Festival Interviews: Pat Thomas" reviewed by Martin Longley

In 2020, the Moers Festival in Germany presented one of the first full post-lockdown events, with its performers physically in place, and its four-day programme resolutely running in the accustomed Eventhalle venue. There was a stage at each end of this cavernous space, with the French-German Arte television crew filming for broadcast on its channel, as ...


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