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Biography of Phil Robson

Winner of 'Best Jazz Musician Of The Year' in the 2009 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.
(Also nominated for best cd of the year).

"Phil Robson is a disturbingly good jazz guitar player!"
Wayne Krantz.

"Phil is a wonderful guitarist and composer, definitely a unique player. We had a ball and hopefully I will be able to play with Phil again."
David Liebman"

Phil Robson is a guitarist/composer based in London, UK. He is internationally regarded as a highly versatile and creative player who appears in all kinds of diverse settings.

As a band leader:
Phil Robson & the I.M.S quintet (featuring Mark Turner) with Mark Turner - sax, Gareth Lockrane- flute, Michael Janish - bass & Ernesto Simpson - drums. (This new band toured England in Jan 2011).

Phil Robsons, 'Six strings & the beat' - with Peter Herbert - D. Bass, Gene Calderazzo - drums, Mandy Drummond - violin, Jennymay Logan - violin, Naomi Fairhurst - viola, Kate Shortt - cello.

Phil Robson Trio - with drum legend Billy Hart & James Genus, bass.

Phil Robson quartet featuring David Liebman & Jeff Williams.

Phil Robson Octet - with Jason Yarde, Julian Siegel, Gene Calderazzo, Steve Watts, Thebe Lipere, Karren Street & Christine Tobin.

'Partisans' Co-led with Julian Siegel featuring Gene Calderazzo - drums & Thad Kelly - bass.

Long term band member & frequent collaborater with Christine Tobin, whose ground breaking approach to singing & songwriting is highly acclaimed.

Member of:
Paul Booth band featuring Ingrid Jenson.
Liam Noble quartet with Liam - piano, Tom Rainey - Drums, Drew Gress - Bass.
Alec Dankworth 'Spanish Accents' with Alec - bass, Julian Arguelles/ Mark Lockheart- sax. Christian Garrick- violin, Mark Miralto- drums.
The Michael Janisch Quintet.
The BBC big band.

Has also worked with: Barbra Streisand, Big Jon Patton, Charles Earland, David Liebman, Steve Lacy, Mark Turner, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Marc Copland, Wayne Krantz, Mike Gibbs, Peter Herbert, Bob Brookmeyer, Tim Garland, Tommy Smith, Django Bates, Tom Rainey, Jeff Williams, Drew Gress, Stan Sulzmann, Jeff Williams, John Hebert, Ben Street, Duane Eubanks, Bobby Wellins, Denys Baptiste, Iain Ballamy, Donny McCaslin, Jean Toussaint, Julian & Steve Arguelles, Gary Husband, Mike Figgis (film director), Jiggs Whigam, & as member of BBC BB with: Joe Lovano, Patti Austin, Eliane Elias, Giavanni Hidalgo, Rufus Reid, Vince Mendoza, Madeline Bell, Horatio El Negro Hernandez, John Riley, Barbara Dennalin, John Dankworth & Dame Cleo Laine, Anne Hampton Callaway, Mark Murphy, Georgy Fame, Martin Taylor, Michael McDonald, Pee Wee Ellis, Sammy Nestico & Bud Shank. Lalo Shiffron, Dee Dee Bridgewater e.t.c.

1997 -BT Best soloist of the year award
1998 Perrier Young Jazz award for the best instrumentalist of the year.
2009 Parliamentary Jazz Awards for 'Best Jazz Musician of the year.'

Important CDs:
Phil Robson, 'Screenwash' BDV2445 (NYC Sept 2003, B Hart, M Copland, J Genus).
Phil Robson, 'Six Strings & The Beat' - BDV2876 released July 2008
Phil Robson, 'Impish' - BDV 2235 - (featuring John Taylor, Dave Whitford, Asaf Sirkis)
Partisans, 'By Proxy' - Babel BDV 2983. Released June 2009
Partisans, 'Max'- BDV2553 - Released April, 2005.
Partisans, 'Sourpuss' BDV 2029
Julian Siegel & Phil Robson, 'Partisans' EFZ 1021
Christine Tobin, 'Secret Life Of A Girl' BDV2875. Released July 2008.
Christine Tobins 'Romance & Revolution' - BDV2455 Released Oct 2004.
Christine Tobin 'You Draw The Line' BDV2327
Christine Tobin 'Deep Song' - BDV 2028. (Recorded in NYC featuring Mark Turner, Billy Hart).
Christine Tobin 'House of Women' - BDV 9820
Christine Tobin 'Yell of the Gazelle' - BDV 9613
Christine Tobin 'Aililiu' - BDV 9501
Liam Noble 'Romance amongst the fishes' Basho SRCD13-2
Alec Dankworth - 'If You're Passing By' Candid CCD 79773
Alec Dankworth - 'Spanish Accents' - Basho SRCD 21-2 released July 2008.

For more information on Phil Robson, please visit www.philrobson.net www.partisans.org.uk and www.babellabel.co.uk

"based in London, Robson is a top-class soloist but a relatively unknown force as a composer. It was thus a revelation to find him capable of remarkably sophisticated writing for string quartet, voice and rhythm section."
From Evening Standard **** review of 'six strings & the beat'

"But the sensation of the festival was guitarist Phil Robson's Six Strings and the Beat project, for guitar trio and string quartet. Robson elicited full-on improv from violinist Emma Smith and the remarkable cellist Kate Short (who, on an Oumou Sangare tribute, sounded like a kora player), and they made an appropriately wild sound behind his flying guitar lines on an Ornette Coleman dedication. Peter Herbert's bass solos were jaw-dropping, and drummer Gene Calderazzo was as laconically propulsive as ever. This inspired crossover is a real achievement for Robson and should go down among the year's jazz landmarks." John Fordham - The Guardian ****

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