NEWS

WE’RE BACK! 19/09/2021

It’s been a very long 18 months for everyone, but I’m really excited to be playing 5 gigs in England this September with my organ trio featuring Ross Stanley on Hammond B3 and Gene Calderazzo drums. Hope you’ll come and join us somewhere. Please see Live Dates for details.

Phil Robson and Ross Stanley
Gene Calderazzo

NYC, California, Europe and more!

Phil Robson Quartet featuring Jed Levy. Birmingham, Nov 2018.   (Pic by Brian Homer).

It has been a busy 12 months for Robson. Apart from many great gigs in the New York City area, including the ‘Tobin’s Run On 51’ series he co-curates with partner Christine Tobin at the Irish Arts Center, a recent trio performance at Mezzrow with Tobin and bass master Peter Washington to name just two, It has also been a time of travel and establishing new projects and musical relationships, as well as maintaining old creative friendships.

In September 2018, Phil Recorded a live album with ‘Partisans’ at the Vortex Jazz Club in London. This band, co-led by Phil Robson and Julian Siegel has now been in existence since 1996! The new album, called ‘Nit De Nit’ was released  by the great cross Atlantic label Whirlwind Recordings to critical acclaim in May 2019, accompanied by a series of gigs in England. This continues  with another short Partisans tour in September 2019 which includes an appearance at Scarborough festival and many more. Please see the Live Dates page or http://righttempoagency.com/concerts/partisans/

In November 2018, Phil’s new collaboration with the great NY saxophonist Jed Levy finally became fully realized with a tour which included shows in Berlin, Barcelona and the UK including London Jazz Festival. The band that  toured included Clarence Penn/Jason Brown on drums and Oli Hayhurst/Dave Whitford bass. On the back of a sell out show at Birdland Theater in April, this creative partnership is set to continue over the following months with performances at The 55 Bar, 2 nights at Smalls (Aug 23/24) and shows in Northern California in September including a performance at Yoshi’s. The core of the working band remains Robson, Levy, plus Peter Slavov bass while Clarence Penn re-joins us for Smalls and the great Billy Drummond completes the other gigs. We plan to record this project very soon for an album. There is plenty more in the pipeline for this collaboration with Jed and performances are still being planned in November 2019 in Europe including Rome and many more. Please watch this space!

As well as playing with longer term friends such as Mark Lewandowski, Peter Brendler, Tim Armacost, James Genus, David O’Rourke, Fintan O’ Neil, Ingrid Jensen, Rachael Cohen, Joseph Lepore, Tom Rainey, Polly Gibbons, Rob Garcia, Colin Stranahan etc, etc, there are a plethora of new great musician friends which Robson has had the great fortune to work with in recent months. These include Dezron Douglas, Harvie S, Lafeyette Gilchrist, Blake Meister, Charles Goold, Sam Bevan, Michelle Walker, Jon Davis, Janis Siegel, Perez, Misha Tsiganov, Vicki Burns, Dayna Stephens, Billy Drummond, Aaron Johnson, Benny Bennack iii, Luca Santaniello, Lorin Cohen, Steve Wilson, Peter Leitch (and all the fabulous guys in his New Life Orchestra), Marius Dičpetris, Evan Burrus, Nick Veyenas, Evan Francis, Roland Fidezius, Itay Morchi, Jim Ridl, Jimmy Macbride, Marco Panascia, Clarence Penn, Jason Brown etc. to name just a few! Long may it continue 😄

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Christine Tobin – ‘Detour Ahead’ @ Jazz Standard, July 12, 2017.


July 12
Christine Tobin brings her new project ‘Detour Ahead’ to one of NYC’s most iconic venues, the Jazz Standard. With Phil Robson guitar, Rene Hart upright bass & Rob Garcia drums.
Playing a rich mix of material drawing on her various projects including Christine’s original songs alongside new arrangements of Leonard Cohen from her highly acclaimed
‘A Thousand Kisses Deep’ album and also some choice classics.
Buy tics now at: Phone 212-576-2232
http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=7453215&pl=jazzstandard

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‘Tobin’s Run on 51’ – jazz series at the Irish Arts Center, NYC.

Christine Tobin & Phil Robson have been curating a series of gigs at the Irish Arts Center, NYC. It has been a run of themed jazz shows involving lots of amazing musicians & also incorporating film clips, audio clips & general story telling and they’ve been a great success. The IAC is a wonderful small theater in Hell’s Kitchen. You can read about the series here: http://bit.ly/2jZ5xF8
The next show ‘Rip, Rig & Panic’ is happening on Apr 27th.

On the trail of Pannonica, The Jazz Baroness!

Robson is following in the footsteps of ‘The Jazz Baroness’ aka Nica aka Baroness Kathleen Annie Pannonica de Koenigswarter (née Rothschild). He has settled in Weehawken, NJ with partner Christine Tobin, having recently decided to make NYC & the USA his current base. Weehawken is a township of Hudson County & is a mere ten minutes away from 42nd St, Port Authority, NYC. Pannonica was a great patron of jazz & jazz musicians, particularly of Thelonious Monk. Living so close to Nica’s former house (also known as ‘Catsville’ & currently inhabited by the great Barry Harris) has certainly been an inspiration to Robson & he has enjoyed reading the book on the subject by Hanna Rothschild. UK connections continue of course & Phil will be making appearances in the UK from time to time over the next few months. Please see ‘live dates’ for details.

Baroness Kathleen Annie Pannonica de Koenigswarter (née Rothschild)

Baroness Kathleen Annie Pannonica de Koenigswarter (née Rothschild)

Robson moves to NYC !

Phil has recently relocated to NYC where he will join old & new friends on the vibrant music scene there. His UK projects such as Partisans, Organ trio & his work with Christine Tobin will all continue however, with regular visits to the UK.image