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.

Oct ’19: New Music Video From Album Lead Track

Here it is! The music video for the lead track from Robin’s upcoming new lost verses album: Re-Versed.

This beautiful video was shot on a beach at dawn and also features motorbike footage.

This album brings together years of research into the standards and their lost verses and also studio development, with every track recorded at the repmusic studio. The album was mixed and mastered by repmusic.

Album launch on 30 November in London, more details about that next week!

Musicians don’t make money from these endeavours but these videos do help us build our reputation and standing. Views are King so please watch and share the video on any of your social networks, and please also subscribe to the repmusic YouTube channel to see future videos first!

 

Sept ’19: New Album Concept & Cover Art

We’re delighted to share the title, concept, and front cover design for Robin’s upcoming new album: RE – VERSED

Robin explains more about the album’s concept:

For this album, I’ve selected a collection of jazz standards and reconnected them with their original ‘sectional verses’: the introductory sections that originally started the song, often connecting the spoken and sung parts from a musical number, and offering more insight into the story behind the main refrain.

These sections are often really interesting from a harmonic and melodic point of view, and whilst some remain a part of the song as performed today (such as Stardust), many ‘verses’ have been lost over time. My theory is that this may have been due to restrictions in vinyl recording time and also maybe due to the ability of musicians to recall the additional changes for a number, which ultimately was not the part of the song the audience would have been most keen to hear in a performance setting!

In selecting the songs for this album I tried to choose songs where I was drawn to both the verse and the refrain, felt like I could do something with the arrangement that would be new or interesting, and songs where both the verse is rarely played and the main refrain not over-played.. after spending a year or more unearthing lost verses, I ended up with the current selection on the album.

Something else I have done with the album is to not merely bolt on the verse to the beginning of the song, but treat it as a verse would be in most songs, sometimes returning to it after solos, or finishing off the song with it. I’ve also tried to do something interesting from an arrangement point of view, that adds to the song, not just deliver it in a colla voce (out of time – following the voice) manner..

We’re launching the lead track music video from the album in the next few weeks and will announce the launch event details soon.

Sept ’19: New Robin Phillips Album: Band Announcement

We’re excited to announce the band that features on the new Robin Phillips album, ‘Re-Versed’.

The world-class musicians on the new Robin Phillips album were an honour to work with, and are:

Robin Phillips – Vocals, Piano
Jihad Darwish – Upright Bass
Sebastiaan de Krom – Drums
Sammy Mayne – Alto Sax
Brandon Allen – Tenor Sax

Click the links above for studio clips from the musicians.

It was great to be able to get everyone together around gig schedules at the start of the year for a photoshoot, and thanks to Oriole Bar for hosting us.

Look out for some live performances with this cracking line-up to follow. If you are a venue feel free to drop us a line to discuss a performance.

Next week, we’re announcing details of the album concept, album name, and cover art..

Photography by: Tony Ellis Photography.co.uk

Aug ’19: ‘Music & Movies’ continues with ‘When Harry Met Sally’

The next event in the Enchanted Cinema & repmusic presents ‘Music & Movies: The Connection’, will take place on Thursday 15th August in the beautiful garden grounds of the Gonville Hotel in Cambridge.

At this event, there will be an outdoor cinema showing of the classic ‘rom com’ When Harry Met Sally, featuring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, before which there will be a special performance of ‘Robin Phillips Sings & Plays: Harry Connick jr’.

The soundtrack of the movie featured jazz singer / pianist Harry Connick jr and helped to catapult the artist to international fame. At this event and with a line up of vocals/piano, bass, and drums, the Robin Phillips Trio will perform some classic Harry Connick jr songs including those from the When Harry Met Sally soundtrack, ahead of the screening.

This unique event is not to be missed!

Click here for more information on Robin Sings & Plays: Harry.

Click here to visit the Enchanted Cinema website page for this event, for more information and tickets.

 

Jul ’19: Robin Phillips Sings & Plays: Nat King Cole at Down Hall

On Sunday 21st July, there will be a ‘Robin Phillips Sings & Plays: Nat King Cole’ performance at Down Hall Hotel & Spa.

Guests can enjoy lunch or Afternoon Tea whilst the quartet entertains with the music of Nat King Cole.

The usual trio of Robin Phillips (piano/vocals), Louis Thorne (guitar), and Joel Humann (bass), will be joined by special guest saxophonist Stacey Dawsonfor this event.

Click here for more information on this programme.

This is a ticketed event: https://downhall.co.uk/events-directory/

April ’19: repmusic and Enchanted Cinema present ‘Music & Movies: The Connection’

This summer, repmusic is proud to have teamed up with Enchanted Cinema to realise the soundtracks from a collection of classic ‘music movies’ with bespoke live performances, ahead of outdoor showings of the movies in the beautiful grounds of The Gonville Hotel in Cambridge.

repmusic has specifically chosen acts or performances that represent the music featured in the movies in this exciting festival programme. At each event a repmusic musician or ensemble will perform a dedicated programme to get audiences in the perfect mood and mindset for the movie to follow.

Movie programme:
– 16 May – Ray / Robin Phillips Trio
– 20 June – The Great Gatsby / Pinstripe Réduit
– 18 July – Mo Better Blues / Robin Phillips Quintet
– 15 Aug – When Harry Met Sally / Robin Sings Harry
– 22 Aug – Amelie / pianist Dennis Francis
– 5 Sept – The Pianist / pianist Dennis Francis
– 19 Sept – Django / Django’s Tiger

– Click here to visit the Enchanted Cinema website

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Dec ’18: 5* Review for Cambridge Jazz Festival Chet Baker Performance

We were delighted to receive a 5* review for Robin’s Chet Baker show at the Cambridge Jazz Festival 2018, from Kind Of Jazz website and blog.

“Heartfelt and engaging tribute to Chet, shining a light on some of the lesser-known aspects of his long career.. performing a stripped back version of My Funny Valentine. The vocal was spellbinding, and when Brady came in on trumpet, the audience burst into applause…a beautifully performed and utterly engaging show..” Matthew Ruddick, Kind Of Jazz.

Click here to read the full review.

 

      

 

Nov ’18 Born To Be Blue Screening

FREE entry + Special 20% offer for anyone wishing to dine before the screening at De Luca Cucina..! Just quote ‘Chet Baker’ on the day…

On Monday the 19th of November repmusic proudly sponsors the screening of the Chet Baker film, Born To Be Blue. The screening is linked to the Robin Phillips Sings & Plays Chet Baker ft. James Brady event as part of the Cambridge Jazzer’s Festival.

The event is also an excuse for a Cambridge jazz musicians social event, so all local jazz musicians and those interested in jazz or the movie are invited to come along and socialise / network as well as enjoy the great De Luca piano bar cocktails and the movie!