Tuned Percussionist, Composer, Educator
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.
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. Winning numerous industry awards since the early 1980s while also appearing on various chart topping music that have been awarded Platinum,Gold and Silver Discs.
Orphy was a member of the acclaimed early 1980s Brit Funk band ‘Savanna’. He soon became an in demand session musician. In the mid 1980s he was a founder member of ground breaking Jazz big band “ The Jazz Warriors” he also recorded and toured internationally with Courtney Pine on his sophomore album and tour. He was a featured player on the first wave of Acid Jazz albums in the early 1990s. Since the 1980s Robinson has worked with numerous high profile Jazz & Classical artists including virtuoso Violinist Nigel Kennedy since 2009 appearing on three albums to date. Robinson has appeared as a guest soloist or session musician on over 100 albums. He has also toured or appeared with many high profile artists including Nigel Kennedy, David Murray, Don Cherry, John Tchicai, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis, Hugh Masekela, Louis Moholo, Nana Vasconcelos, Andy Sheppard, Evan Parker, Soweto Kinch, Shabak Hutchens, Butch Morris, Wadada Leo Smith, Marshall Allen, Sunny Murray, Mica Paris, Joss Stone, Robert Plant, Jean Luc Ponty, Savanna, Hamid Drake, Steve Williamson, William Parker, Central Line, Junior Giscombe, Jean Paul Bourelly,Lionel Loueke, Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick, Kate Havnevik, Neneh Cherry Hugh Hopper,Koop, Robert Wyatt, Jazz Jamaica all Stars Orchestra and many others.
Robinson a Producer, Composer & Music Director has written for Orchestras, Film, TV, Opera. & Contemporary Dance.
Robinson co produced the celebrated American Vocalist Carleen Anderson “Cage Street memorial: The Pilgrimage”. The album has been nominated for various high profile Industry awards.
Robinson has recently produced an EP “Pindorama” for the Brazilian artist Monica Vasconceles. He has Co- Produced the upcoming Nigel Kennedy “Kennedy meets Gershwin” ” album (Rhapsody) for Warner Classics. He is in the Producer chair for Award Winning vocalist Cleveland Watkiss MBE for his upcoming “UK All Stars” album. He has also produced to much critical acclaim the 2018 release of the Iranian/British Vocalist Alya Al Sultani’s latest album Collective X “Love and Protest”. Robinson tours alongside Carleen Anderson as her Musical Director. He also co-leads the ground breaking Avant Garde / Free jazz group “Black Top” with the 2014 Paul Hamyln Foundation winner Pianist Pat Thomas. Black Top were 2016 nominees for the “Digital initiative” award” in the Jazzfm Awards.
In recent years Robinson has been a guest radio presenter on various radio stations such as Resonance Fm, Jazz Fm, Solar Radio & Worldwide Fm. He now presents the popular weekly Jazz show “Jazz Joint Duke Box” on Delite radio. He has also on occasion been invited to Dj at the Opening and closing events for the London Jazz festival & at the popular “Summer Soulstice” festival. Alongside Cleveland Watkiss he Dj’s occasionally for their “Duke Joint & “Dub Club” Events. Mixing Jamaican Dub music with big band Jazz.
He currently serves as a Trustee on the NYJO & the “Warriors International“ boards, He is also on the Jazz Executive committee of BASCA ( British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors).
For more info please visit http://www.thecentreofattention.co.uk & blacktopmusic.org
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