Nov 2020: Cambridge Jazz Festival: Docu Screening, Q&A, and Dinner & Jazz events/live stream

The Cambridge Jazz Festival 2020 IS GO!!!
Robin is involved with a screening of his documentary including Q&A; and two nights of live performances with a live stream on the second night:

Thursday 19th November – Documentary stream
Robin’s USA road trip jazz & blues documentary ‘Back To The Source’ will be streamed 9-10pm including an introduction before with jazz musician and BBC presenter Sandy Burnett, and a Q&A afterwards with jazz saxophonist Kevin Flanagan.

This will be the only chance to see the documentary for free this year and only at the time specified (it will not be available after the stream).

Weds 2nd Dec & Thurs 3rd December – Live gig and dinner events
We are hoping that everything goes to plan regarding the latest lockdown and offering two amazing dinner and jazz events in conjunction with the Gonville Hotel in Cambridge.
‘Re-Versed: The Lost Verses Of The Jazz Standards’
The Robin Phillips Trio + special guests
Robin Phillips – vocals / piano, Jihad Darwish – bass, Alex Best – drums (guests include: Sam Miles – tenor sax, Neil Cowlan – guitar)
The Thursday performance will also be streamed live!
Only 30 seats available per performance (max 6 people per group).

Nov 2020: Jazz FM interview and track play – Saturday 7th November

Robin will be interviewed on the Nigel William’s Saturday Show on Jazz FM on Saturday 7th November at 10:30am!

Tune in to hear Robin talking about his new Back To The Source jazz/blues road trip documentary which will be available to watch On Demand as part of the Doc’n Roll film festival from Sunday 8th – 15th November.

Nigel will also be playing an unreleased track recorded by Robin at famed Muscle Shoals Sound Studio with the Dexter Allen Band from Jackson, Mississippi, in the USA.

Oct 2020: Robin’s ‘Back To The Source’ jazz documentary in ‘Doc N Roll’ film festival

We are delighted to announce that our movie (full version – final edit) will get its world premiere in a few weeks as part of the London Doc’n Roll Film Festival!

The movie follows English jazz musician Robin Phillips on the road trip of a lifetime, reversing the journey of jazz and blues in the USA back to their sources, from Chicago via St Louis, Nashville, Memphis, Clarksdale, Jackson MS, the Mississippi Delta and finishing in New Orleans, on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle; listening and sitting in at gigs, recording at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, and interviewing various people on the way giving a unique insight into the places visited and their place in music history.

People in the UK will be able to watch our movie through the festival’s VOD channel, from 7pm 8th November, until 15th November, with pre-order available now! £5 and only available to people in the UK.

The movie was made by repmusic in collaboration with Creative Onions.

Click here to visit the ‘Doc N Roll’ film festival page about the documentary and to pre-book!

Click here to visit the ‘Back To The Source’ film’s facebook page.

March 2020: New studio video from Re-Versed album

To celebrate the beginning of Spring, we have just released the first studio video from the recording sessions for Robin’s album, Re-Versed. And as it’s Spring, we thought the first video should be Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most.

Click here to watch the video on YouTube.

The song was written by Tommy Wolff with lyrics by Fran Landesman. The track features Robin Phillips (vocals, piano, arrangements, producer), Brandon Allen (tenor saxophone), Jihad Darwish (upright bass), and Seb De Krom (drums). The song is featured on the Re-Versed album, which looks at the lost verses of the jazz standards. The album has received fantastic critical acclaim and Robin will be touring the album in Autumn ’20 / Spring ’21.

The song was recorded at the repmusic recording studio and was produced, mixed, mastered, and the video edit all done by Robin Phillips.

Click here for more information of Robin Phillips and the new Re-Versed album, including links to reviews and other tracks and videos from the album.

Jan 2020: Music Road Trip Documentary & US Premiere

In 2019 Robin undertook the road trip of a lifetime, retracing the path of jazz and blues in America from Chicago down to New Orleans, on a Harley Davidson motorbike. The film coverage from this trip has become a documentary called ‘Back To The Source’.

The documentary was premiered at the Clarksdale Film Festival in Mississippi in January 2020. Whilst back in the US for the premiere, Robin filmed more footage for the final version of the film, including interviewing The Swampers bassist David Hood, and recording with the Dexter Allen Band from Jackson, Mississippi, in the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studio.

Click here to visit the Facebook page dedicated to the documentary and follow the journey of this film as it makes its way into the public domain in 2020.

Click here to see the film’s trailer on YouTube.

Film blurb:

English jazz musician Robin Phillips retraces the path of jazz and blues in America, from Chicago to New Orleans, in a once-in-a-lifetime road trip on a Harley Davidson motorbike, to better understand the art form he has dedicated his life to. The full documentary includes road trip footage and pieces to camera, as well as interviews with John May (BBs Blues and Soups in St Louis), Bubba O’Keefe (Visit Clarksdale), Steve Melton (Muscle Shoals Sound Studio), Dexter Allen (Jackson blues musician), and James Martin (New Orleans jazz musician).

Co-directed by: Robin Phillips & Domininkas Zalys
Produced by: repmusic Ltd
Main footage and editing: Domininkas Zalys
Additional footage by: Robin Phillips, Marcus Stade, Stacey Dawson, Damian Glasfurd-Brown Copyright

(C) repmusic 2019

Nov ’19: Time After Time Music Video Now Live

The second official music video from Robin’s new ‘Re-Versed’ album is now live and available to watch on YouTube.

The video features footage from Robin’s 2019 road trip of research and discovery from Chicago to New Orleans, on a Harley Davidson Street Glide motorbike. The vocal parts of the video were filmed at Sun Studios in Memphis, Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, ‘Robert Johnson’s crossroads’, and on Frenchmen Street in New Orleans. The trip will be featured in a documentary released in 2020.

Click here to see the video on YouTube.

Click here for more information on Robin and the ‘Re-Versed’ album.

Video produced by repmusic.

Videography and editing – Domininkas Zalys, Creative Onions

Oct ’19: New Album Launch At Pizza Express Dean Street Jazz Club, London, 30 Nov

We’re so excited to announce the details for the launch event for the long-awaited new jazz album from Robin Phillips: ‘Re-Versed’.

The launch event will take place at legendary jazz club, Pizza Express Dean Street, in Soho, London, on Sat 30th November, at 1pm.

The new Re-Versed album has been two years in the making and focuses on the lost verses of the classic jazz standards. The event will feature: Robin Phillips (piano/vocals), Sammy Mayne (sax), Jihad Darwish (bass), and Matt Skelton (drums).

In researching ‘Re-versed’, Robin took on discovering many of the lost verses of the classic jazz standards, songs that everyone knows but with elements that have been lost over the course of time. These ‘sectional verses’ often came from when the song was part of a musical show, when these introductory sections were used to connect the spoken and sung parts of the show. However, these ‘verses’ also give great insight into the story of the song which follows and are interesting from a melodic point of view in their own right. Many of these ‘verses’ have been lost over time, it seems to be due to the restricted length of vinyl recordings, or perhaps the memories of musicians. Robin also made the decision to treat these lost verses as a ‘verse’, so in a many of the pieces on the album, the lost verse is returned to at another point in the song.

Robin holds a crowd with ease, bringing them in to his world with interesting points of reference to share his passion for the songs and the genre as a whole.

At the ‘Re-versed’ album launch, expect to hear a top-level swinging quartet, presenting a mix of swing and groove-based arrangements of songs that, whilst at first you may not instantly recognise them, will quickly reveal themselves to be songs you have known all your life.

We’re very excited to be returning to the PizzaExpress Live jazz club venue on Dean Street in London’s Soho to launch the new album. We decided to schedule the launch at lunch time to help people with families to attend, and also agreed that children can attend free* to hopefully enable the whole family to come and enable children to enjoy a jazz club event!

If you haven’t seen the new music video from the lead song from the album, As Time Goes By, click here to watch. 

Click here to see the launch details or purchase tickets to the event.

Please do come if you can!

* 5 – 16yrs, max. 2 children per paying adult

Oct ’19: Robin Sings Harry At The Cambridge Jazz Festival 2019

We’re delighted to be offering another of Robin Phillips Sings & Plays programmes in the 2019 Cambridge Jazz Festival, this time Robin will be performing his programme of songs from Harry Connick jr during his 1989-1999 period. Once again offering the fantastic opportunity to enjoy a two-course Cotto menu before the performance, as well as a ticket-only option.

Thursday 21st November at The Gonville Hotel in Cambridge:
Dinner (optional): 6:30 – 8pm
Performance Time: 8 – 10pm
Tickets (concert only): £13.50 + booking fee
Tickets (concert + dinner): £45 + booking fee

Click here for tickets and more information.