January 2014

New album launch Event – Feb 2nd 2014

Robin is delighted to be launching his new CD at his first choice venue, the much revered Pizza Express Dean Street jazz club, that has welcomed most great names in jazz over the years. The launch will take place on Sunday 2nd February and is one of the few events where we say ‘Please Come!’. It is the most important event in Robin’s career to date and all support is very welcome!

The launch is looking to be quite an event, with most of the new album artists and guests performing live. Tim Thornton is on bass, Chris Draper on drums and the trio will be joined by the following special guests: vocalist Anita Wardell, trumpeter Steve Fishwick, and saxophonists Sam Mayne and Albert Garza.

Tickets are £15 and there are also a restricted number of discounted £10 tickets available to friends and family (contact us for more information).

Click here for the Pizza Express website.

New music video

The new music video from Robin Phillips is now live!

The video supports the launch of his new ‘Sing. Play.. for Pleasure’ vocalese album, which takes place at Pizza Express Dean Street in London on Sunday 2nd February (see news item above).

The music video features Robin alongside jazz vocalist Anita Wardell, saxophionist Albert Garza, bassist Tim Thornton, and drummer Chris Draper and was filmed at Hoxton speakeasy bar, Nightjar.

Click here to see the video..

Performance at The Fox Inn, Finchingfield for Annie’s Jazz

Robin will be performing in trio line-up at The Fox Inn, Finchingfield, Essex on Thursday 23rd January. Robin will be joined by Albert Garza on sax and Mike McGibney on bass and performing music from his new album as well as songs from previous CDs.

Click here to visit The Fox’s website

New album

After 18 months in the making, it is finally time to launch the new studio album from Robin Phillips. The album is a pilgrimage to the art of vocalese singing, inspired by the one of the genre’s founding fathers, King Pleasure. On the new album, Robin sings as well as plays the selection of vocalese solos, which is where lyrics are put to famous solos. Singer Ian Shaw and saxophonist Brandon Allen both guest on the CD along with other top names on the UK jazz scene (see launch event below). Robin has also penned original lyrics to two songs on the album and recorded some almost-lost liner notes from one of the masters of vocalese, Jon Hendricks, written in 1972.

The album name, artwork, and photography will all be unveiled over the next few weeks so please make sure you ‘like’ our facebook page or ‘follow’ Robin’s twitter for the latest news!

Jan 4th 2014 – Pizza Express Pheasantry performance

This Saturday Robin is performing in trio format at one of the Pizza Express brand’s top jazz clubs. The trio will perform at The Pheasantry on King’s Road in Chelsea on Sat 4th January and feature Jay Darwish on bass and Matt Skelton on drums. For those not able to make the album launch on 2nd February, this gig offers a great opportunity to hear some of the music from Robin’s much anticipated new sing / play vocalese CD. Click here to visit the Pizza Express website.

Pinstripe Suit swing band news

It’s also a really exciting time for Robin’s swing band, Pinstripe Suit and 2014 looks set to be the best year yet for the band. The band released its new album ‘Pinstripe Suit Live!’ in November and the CD can be purchased from the Pinstripe Suit page of the repmusic website. The band also launched a new promo video at the same time which has received over 800 views in under two months, you can see the new video by clicking here.


Pinstripe continues its immensely popular third Saturday of the month residency in 2014 at what is officially one of the best bars in the world! Often sold out months in advance, the Nightjar is very much the band’s home and often the first place audiences can hear the band’s new material. Click here to visit the Nightjar’s website.

La Floridita

Pinstripe has been invited to perform at well known Soho venue, La Floridita, on one of its Supper & Swing nights. Pinstripe will perform at the popular venue on Tuesday 14th January. Click here to visit the La Floridita website.


The Hippodrome in London’s Leicester Square is launching a very exciting new Speakeasy series for 2014 and Pinstripe Suit is a major part of the action! Whilst there is even more exciting news yet to be released, one part of the new series is a new weekly Speakeasy night starting on Tuesday 4th February, with Pinstripe’s first monthly performance on Tuesday 18th Feb.

Pinstripe Réduit

Due to popular demand repmusic has launched a reduced line-up version of Pinstripe Suit, allowing the band to take its popular songs and energy to venues that cannot fit in the whole band. Pinstripe Réduit already has a residency at the new speakeasy bar, the Hoxley & Porter, in Islington, one Saturday a month.

by repmusic