Feb ’24: ‘Ode To NOLA’ Released 20th Feb & Intro Video

In a collection of new interview videos, Robin explains the stories behind the tracks on his upcoming album.

In this first video he talks to Seb Fisher about ‘Ode To NOLA’, the first single to come out from the album (Tues 20th Feb ’24), explaining how the inspiration for the song hit him whilst staying in a hotel room in New Orleans.

He talks about the different ways people refer to the city, like N.O.L.A., and how this song is his ‘love song’ to New Orleans.
He explains the song from a musical perspective, shares his favourite lyrics from the song, and introduces the musicians on the song:
Robin Phillips – vocals, Rhodes, keyboards
Neil Cowlan – electric and acoustic guitar
Stacey Dawson – alto sax
Sam Sankey – trombone
Louis Thorne – upright acoustic bass
Claire Brock – drums

Feb ’24: New 3 Min. Video Introducing The New Album

In this three minute video Robin gives the background of his new 2024 album, his first collection of original songs in over 20 years.

The album started life in a hotel room in New Orleans in 2019, when, at the end of his epic Chicago to New Orleans motorbike ride (see Back To The Source – music road trip documentary), Robin couldn’t sleep because of the noise of the St Charles Avenue streetcar outside. He suddenly realised that was a great opening lyric for a song and so started writing. The writing continued on the trip, on the flight home, and back in the UK, as Robin penned his thoughts about the cities he’d visited and the wider world during lockdown, recording the tunes as the world came out of its hibernation.

In this video Robin also announces the musicians that will appear on the album.

From New Orleans: Leroy Jones (trumpet), James Martin (tenor sax), Dan Ostreicher (baritone sax). From New York: Billy Kilson (drums).
From Cuba / Paris: Damian Nueva (acoustic bass).
From the UK: Claire Brock (drums), Alex Best (drums), Jihad Darwish (acoustic bass), Rob Anstey (acoustic bass), Louis Thorne (acoustic bass), Neil Cowlan (electric guitar), Stacey Dawson (alto and tenor sax), Sam Sankey (trombone), Natalie Rozario (cello), Darius Luke Thompson (violin), Hayley Pomfrett (violin), Una Palliser (viola), and the Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir.
The first single ‘Ode To NOLA’ is released on Tuesday 20th February 2024.

Feb ’24: New Website Dedicated To The 2024 Album

We’re delighted to launch a new website dedicated to Robin Phillips’ 2024 originals album.
The website will host all the singles and videos relating to the album, along with sharing other information about his first originals project in over 20 years.
The first single, Ode To NOLA, is released on all streaming platforms on Tuesday 20th February

Jan ’24: International Representation For Robin With Peter Conway Management

We’re delighted to announce that Robin will be working with Peter Conway and his international team to help spread the music from the new album around the world.

Peter and his team (with offices in the UK and the US) are vastly experienced with the international jazz scene.

Whilst repmusic will continue to manage most UK engagements, and we’re really looking forward to spreading our net a little wider with the new album.
Festivals and jazz clubs around the world, feel free to get in touch with Peter Conway Management to discuss performances in ’24 and ’25.

The first single from the new album, ‘Ode To NOLA’, is released next Tuesday 20th February!

Jan ’24: Robin Photoshoot With World-famous Portrait Photographer

Robin has just released the results of having his portrait shot by legendary portrait photographer Matt Holyoak Photography last year.

It’s easy to see why he has been chosen to be the photographer of the Royal family, Daniel Craig, George Clooney, Spike Lee, and so many others.

Robin has composed and recorded music for Matt and was delighted when he was invited to Matt’s studio for this session.

We’ve been sitting on the photos for a while in order to use them for the new album.. so you’ll see more from this shoot over the coming weeks.

First single comes out 20th February!

Sept ’23 Berlioz Jazz-House Tracks Hit 10m Streams

In January 2023 jazz-house artist Berlioz came to the repmusic studio to record three jazz musicians improvising over his beats.

Five tracks resulted from the sessions which were released as the ‘Jazz Is For Ordinary People’ EP. Robin featured on piano and Rhodes and helped to craft the harmony and licks of the tunes.

There has been an incredible global response to the music, which has now had over 10 million streams in just a few months since the first single was released.

Click here to hear the music.

January ’24 update: Berlioz tours the USA

March / April ’24: Robin will be joining Berlioz on his UK and EU tour.