Robin Phillips has added presenting to his existing skills within the jazz genre over the past few years. Historically, he is known for his ability to draw a crowd into a performance with the stories behind the songs and his own anecdotes, but he took another step into presenting with his jazz & blues motorbike road trip from Chicago to New Orleans in 2019 / 2020, culminating in the award-winning ‘Back To The Source’ music documentary which was presented at the Clarksdale Film & Music and Doc’n Roll film festivals in 2020.

He continued to develop his presenting during the global Covid pandemic with his lockdown videos, and in 2020 was invited to produce and host a new show for Delux Radio radio station. Robin produced and presented over 100 hours of the weekly two hour jazz radio show ‘The Jazz Show With Robin Phillips’ on Delux Radio in 2021 and 2022, with all episodes available to be listened to below. You can also use the player on the right to listen to a number of the full podcast-style interviews Robin has carried out with jazz musicians all around the world.

‘Back To The Source’ jazz/blues USA motorcycle road trip documentary

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.

This music documentary includes road trip footage, performances, and pieces to camera, as well as interviews with John May (BBs Blues and Soups in St Louis), Steve Melton (Chief Engineer 1970s, Muscle Shoals Sound Studio), Bubba O’Keefe (Visit Clarksdale), Dexter Allen (Jackson blues musician), David Hood (bass player, The Swampers, Muscle Shoals) and James Martin (New Orleans jazz musician).

The independent documentary film, produced by repmusic, has received a number of film awards, including PMIA Awards (Best Music Documentary – Dec ’21), King’s Cross Film Awards (Best Feature Film – Dec ’21), and the New Creators Awards (Official Selection – Dec ’21). Click here to read our news article about these awards.


** Aug ’22 – ‘Back To The Source’ wins ‘Best Feature Documentary’ in the 2022 King’s Cross Film Awards **


Here’s the trailer for ‘Back To The Source’ jazz & blues motorbike road-trip documentary – Or watch the full film now via the link that follows!


The film received its world premiere at the Clarksdale Film Festival in Jan 2020 and its UK preview premiere at the Doc’n Roll Film Festival in London in Nov 2020.

Click here to read a review of the film on Jazz Views website, written by jazz author Sammy Stein.

Click here to read about the UK premiere of the film in Jan 2022.

Click here to read the news post about the film’s UK premiere at Doc’n Roll film festival

Click here to read the news post about the documentary’s US premiere from Jan 2020.

Click here to visit the film’s dedicated Facebook page.

Click here to read LondonJazz’s preview of Doc’n Roll film festival and tagging Back To The Source as one to watch.

‘The Jazz Show With Robin Phillips’ Radio Show

Here’s a little video thanking all of the guests we had on the show in 2021.

‘The Jazz Show With Robin Phillips’ consisted of 103 hours of radio first broadcast on Delux Radio, between Mar 2021 and Mar 2022. Each episode featured an interview with a global jazz musician or someone from the wider jazz world. Regular features in the shows included the jazz birthdays, book of the week, film of the week, Double Take, My Vinyl Collection, and a weekly update from Sebastian Scotney, Editor of London Jazz News.

Click on any of the players below to hear the full shows of ‘The Jazz Show With Robin Phillips’.

Show 50

Interviews: Kyle Eastwood (bassist and composer), Ray Gelato (saxophonist and singer).
Book of the week: ‘The Wonders Of Jazz’ (Sammy Stein)

Show 49

Interview: Dennis Rollins MBE (trombonist and music educator)
Book of the week: The Seven League Boots (Albert Murray)
Birthdays: Wes Montgomery, Howard McGhee, George Coleman, Ornette Coleman, Bix Beiderbecke, Al Jarreau.

Show 48

Interview: Rob Harris (session musician and Jamiroquai guitarist)
Birthdays: Dexter Gordon, Glenn Miller, Derek Watkins, Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis, Larry Carlton, Jan Garbarek.

Show 47

Interview: Danielle White (Owner of Raestar Promotions and Mum to jazz trumpeter Jay Phelps)
Double Take: Count Basie Orchestra
Film of the week: ‘Round Midnight
Birthdays: Nancy Wilson, Tadd Dameron, Nina Simone, Gwilym Simcock, Michel Legrand, David ‘Fathead’ Newman, Fats Domino.

Show 46

Interview: Chris Hodgkins (UK jazz trumpeter, former head of Jazz Services, current Secretary APPJAG)
Birthdays: Wardell Gray, Maceo Parker, Kamasi Washington.

Show 45

Interview: Yazz Ahmed (British-Bahraini jazz trumpeter)
Double Take: Mas Que Nada
Birthdays: Natalie Cole, Eddie Locke, Chick Webb.

Show 44

Interview: Mace Francis (Director of Perth International Jazz Festival)
Birthdays: Roy Eldridge, Joshua Redman, Joe Sample, Stan Getz, Sonny Stitt, Bobby Durham.

Show 43

Interview: Damian Nueva (Cuban bass player from Netflix’s The Eddy)
Birthdays: Benny Golson, A.C.Jobim, Etta James, Stephane Grappelli, Ronnie Scott, Acker Bilk.

Show 42

Interview: Paul Kaufmann (Chair of National Jazz Archive)
Birthdays: Cedar Walton, Eartha Kitt, Horace PArlan, Jimmy Cobb, Jason Moran, J.J. Johnson, Django Reinhardt.

Show 41

Interview: Richard Wall (Blues author – Fat Man Blues)
Double Take: Cherokee
Book: On The Road by Jack Kerouac
Birthdays: Max Roach, George Duke, Joe Pass, Kenny Wheeler, Allen Toussaint, Gene Krupa.

Show 40

Interview: Billy Kilson (New York drummer)
Birthdays: Chris Potter, Milt Jackson, Slim Gaillard, Trombone Shorty, John McLaughlin, Georgia Mancio, Dave Weckl, Kenny Clarke.

Show 39

New Year’s Eve Long Play Special – 3
Birthdays: John Schofield, Earl Hines, Michel Pettrucciani, Joe Lovano, Jonah Jones.

Show 38

Christmas Eve Special
Birthdays: Bob Dorough, Bob Brookmeyer, Joseph ‘King’ Oliver, Bobby Timmons, Kermit Ruffins, Hank Crawford, John Patitucci, Chet Baker, Irvin Mayfield, Woody Shaw, Ray Bryant, Cab Calloway.

Show 37

Christmas Special – 3
My vinyl collection: Sinatra’s Swingin’ Session
Birthdays: Tony Williams, Frank Sinatra, Joe Williams, Grover Washington jr, Stan Kenton, Curtis Fuller, James Booker.

Show 36

Christmas Special – 2
My vinyl collection: The Wham Of Sam
Double Take: Thou Swell
Birthdays: Dave Brubeck, Miroslav Vitous, Louis Prima, Jimmy Smith, Sammy Davis jr, Donald Byrd, McCoy Tyner.

Show 35

Christmas Special – 1
Film: Bird
Birthdays: Gigi Gryce, Billy Strayhorn, Chuck Mangione, Jack Sheldon, Jaco Pastorius, Wynton Kelly, Jim Hall, Cassandra Wilson.

Show 34

My vinyl collection: Nancy Wilson / Cannonball Adderley
Double Take: Body & Soul
Birthdays: Coleman Hawkins, Dr John, Hoagy Carmichael, Scott Joplin, Paul Desmond, Maria Schneider, Randy Brecker

Show 33

My vinyl collection: For Those In Love (Dinah Washington)
Double Take: Hazel’s Hips & St Louis Blues
Book: Raise Up Off Me
Birthdays: Ernestine Anderson, Jon Batiste, Mose Allison, Sam Jones, Hampton Hawes, Ellis Marsalis, Diana Krall, W.C. Handy, Don Cherry, Tommy Dorsey.

Show 32

Interview: Chris Philips (Jazz FM / Jazzed)
Birthdays: Lou Donaldson, Kurt Elling, Rudy Van Gelder, Jane Monheit, Neil Cowley, Arturo Sandoval

Show 31a – Long Play Special 2

Show 31

Interview: Tobias Meinhart (Bavarian saxophonist in NYC)
Birthdays: Jacques Loussier, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Cleo Lane, Zoot Sims, Clifford Brown, Illinois Jacquet

Show 30

Interview: Amanda Whiting (UK jazz harpist)
Double Take: Mystery Double Take!
Birthdays: Barney Kessel, Anita O’Day, Wynton Marsalis, Esperanza Spalding, Jelly Roll Morton, Dizzy Gillespie

Show 29

Interview: Clark Tracey (UK jazz drummer and son of jazz pianist Stan Tracey)
My vinyl collection: The Eddy soundtrack
Book: The Jazz Baroness
Film: The Eddy (Netflix TV series)
Birthdays: Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey, Chris Botti, Lee Konitz, Art Tatum, Ray Brown, Roy Hargrove

Show 28

Interview: Georgia Mancio (UK jazz singer / songwriter)
Birthdays: George Wein, Roger Lewis, Tord Gustavsen, Jo Jones, Yusef Laten, Abdullah Ibrahim, Chucho Valdes.

Show 27

Interview: Quentin Collins (UK jazz trumpeter)
Birthdays: George Gershwin, Julie London, Bud Powell, Kenny Kirkland, Buddy Rich, OScar PEttiford, Dave Holland, Django Bates.

Show 26

Interview: Roisin Stimpson (Co-owner Nightjar, Oriole, Swift speakeasy bars in London, UK)
Birthdays: Red Mitchell, Chico Hamilton, John Coltrane, Ray Charles, Norma Winstone, Fats Navarro, Sam Rivers.

Show 25

Interview: Fiona Ross (UK jazz singer and founder of Women In Jazz Media)
Double Take: Jackie
Film: High Fidelity
Birthdays: Gene Harris, Scott Hamilton, Gerald Presencer, Mel Torme, Cannonball Adderley, Jon Hendricks, Jack McDuff.

Show 24

Interview: Jamie McCredie (UK jazz and session guitarist)
Birthdays: Art Pepper, Gene Harris, Horace Silver, Lars Danielson, Claire Martin, Elvin Jones, Michael Buble, Roy Ayers, Harry Connick jr.

Show 23

Interview: Jo Harrop (UK jazz singer / songwriter)
Double Take: Jackie and Just You Just Me
Birthdays: Brad Mehldau, Anita Wardell, Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Lester Young, Kenny Drew, Charlie Parker, Dinah Washington, Kenny Dorham, Van Morrison.

Show 22a – Long Play Special 1

Show 22

Interview: Chris Dean (UK Big Band Leader)
Double Take: Qualified
Birthdays: Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Jack Teagarden, Count Basie, Art Farmer.

Show 21

Interview: Roger Lewis (New Orleans baritone saxophonist and member of Dirty Dozen Brass Band)
Book: Lullaby Of Birdland
Birthdays: Jack DeJohnette, Pat Metheny, Mulgrew Miller, George Shearing, Stuff Smith.

Show 20

Interview: Simon Spillett (UK tenor saxophonist and Tubby Hayes biographer)
My vinyl collection: Tony Evans Bill Evans
Birthdays: Tony Bennett, Louis Armstrong, Herb Ellis, Robin Phillips, Charlie Haden, Allan Holdsworth.

Show 19

Interview: Tom Walsh (UK jazz and Big Band trumpeter)
Double Take: Twisted
Birthdays: Johnny Hodges, Delfeayo Marsalis, Buddy Guy, David Sanborn, Hank Jones.

Show 18

Interview: Leo Richardson (UK jazz tenor saxophonist and son of jazz bassist Jim Richardson)
Double Take: Quincy Jones
Birthdays: Sonny Clark, Billy Taylor, Al Haig.

Show 17

Interview: Dom Pipkin (UK New Orleans singer / pianist)
My vinyl collection: Jazz West Coast
Double Take: St Louis Blues
Birthdays: Peter Cincotti, Paul Gonsalves, Conte Candoli, Philly Joe Jones.

Show 16

Interview: Paola Vera (France-based jazz singer pianist)
My vinyl collection: Hank Mobley
Film: Disney Pixar’s SOUL
Birthdays: Joe Zawinul, Hank Mobley, Louis Jordan, Lee Morgan.

Show 15

Interview: Ian Shaw (UK jazz singer)
My vinyl collection: Introducing Johnny Griffin
Double Take: Dr John
Film: Treme (HBO TV series)
Birthdays: Lena Horne, Ahmad Jamal, Johnny Hartman.

Show 14

Interview: Joanna Eden (UK jazz singer)
Film: Fabulous Baker Boys
Birthdays: Eric Dolphy, Dave Grusin, Georgie Fame, Syd Lawrence.

Show 13

Interview: Nigel Price (UK jazz guitarist)
Double Take: So Do It
Book: Ratpack – Confidential
Film: Chico & Rita
Birthdays: Dean Martin, Joao Gilberto, Shelly Manne, Chick Corea, Marcus Miller.

Show 12

Interview: Matt Ruddick (UK jazz blogger and Chet Baker biographer)
Book: Funny Valentine
Film: Let’s Get Lost
Birthdays: Benny Goodman, Christian McBride, Ian Shaw, Dakota Staton, Oliver Nelson.

Show 11

Interview: Steve Fishwick (UK jazz trumpeter)
Double Take: In The Wee Small Hours
Film: Birth Of The Cool
Birthdays: Archie Shepp, Miles Davis, Kit Downes, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen.

Show 10

Interview: Matt Skelton (UK jazz and Big Band drummer)
Double Take: Sophisticated Lady
Film: I Called Him Morgan
Birthdays: Woody Herman, Betty Carter, Billy Cobham, Kyle Eastwood.

Show 9

Interview: Lisa Marie-Simmons
Book: The Jazz Of Physics
Film: What Happened Miss Simone?
Birthdays: Burt Bacharach, Red Garland, Stevie Wonder.

Show 8

Interview: Kate Mullins (UK jazz singer and 1/3 Puppini Sisters)
Double Take: Don’t Get Scared
Book: On Connection
Birthdays: Bing Crosby, Lars Gullin, Ron Carter, Maynard Ferguson, Keith Jarrett, Robert Johnson, Mary Lou Williams.

Show 7

Interview: James Martin (New Orleans tenor saxophonist)
My vinyl collection: Ella & Louis
Film: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Birthdays: Ella Fitzgerald, Ma Rainey, Blossom Deary, Duke Ellington, Toots Thielemans, Shirley Horn.

Show 6

Interview: Sara Dowling (UK jazz singer)
Double Take: I Love Being Here With You
Book: A Great Day In Jazz
Birthdays: Tito Puente, Charles Mingus, Alan Broadbent, Joe Henderson, Johnny Griffin.

Show 5

Interview: Mark Lewandowski (UK jazz bassist based in NYC)
Double Take: On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Film: Lush Life
Birthdays: Herbie Hancock, Esbjorn Svensson, Gene Ammons, Bessie Smith.

Show 4

Interview: Anita Wardell (Australian jazz singer based in UK)
Double Take: Moody’s Mood
Book: But Beautiful
Birthdays: Mark Murphy, James Moody, Leon Russell, Robert Glasper, Stanley Turrentine, Gerry Mulligan, Billie Holiday, Steve Gadd.

Show 3

Interview: Jason Rebello
My vinyl collection: Sounds Of ’66
Double Take: So What
Book: Why Me?
Birthdays: James Moody, Ben Webster, Sarah Vaughan, Michael Brecker, Jason Rebello, Astrud Gilberto.

Show 2

Interview: Brandon Allen (Australian jazz saxophonist based in UK)
Book: Three Wishes
Birthdays: Mark Murphy, Nat King Cole, Bill Henderson, George Benson, King Pleasure, Aretha Franklin.

Show 1

Interview: Leroy Jones
Film: Mo’ Better Blues

Click here to visit the show page on the station’s website.


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