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Orphy Robinson | Solo Xylosynth

Black and white photo of Orphy Robinson wearing glasses reflecting light
Orphy Robinson. Photo provided by NFOJAIM

Friday 30th September 6pm

Orphy Robinson | Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music 2022

Live | £7

Doors: 5.40pm

Orphy Robinson
Orphy Robinson is one of the major figures of the jazz scene. A master of the vibraphone, he also plays steel pan, pocket trumpet and electronics. As well as being a master musician, he is also a mentor and educator, working extensively with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Coming up in the 1980s British jazz boom, Robinson has released records on Blue Note and played with Don Cherry, David Murray, Henry Threadgill, Courtney Pine, Jazz Warriors, Andy Shepherd, Robert Wyatt, Shabaka Hutchings, Alexander Hawkins, William Parker and Hamid Drake. Robinson has worked extensively with Nigel Kennedy on the violinist’s interpretations of Vivaldi, Jimi Hendrix and Duke Ellington. He has composed for film, television and theatre.

Recent projects include his tributes to Van Morrison and Nick Drake, and Black Top, his improvisation platform with Pat Thomas. In addition to playing with Black Top, Robinson will perform a special solo set on vibraphone.

‘Robinson has kept seeking out new situations and possibilities, guided by intellectual curiosity and ears thirsty for adventure.’ - Philip Clark (The Wire)


This concert is presented by Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music with support from
Jazz at the Literary and Philosophical Society, Jazz North East and Arts Council England.

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