Photo by Emile Holba

LONDON Southbank Centre / Clore Ballroom
Belvedere Road


New music from (Im)Possibilities – Guildhall School of Music and Drama in a collaboration with leading Vibraphonist Orphy Robinson.

(Im)Possibilities take inspiration from an eclectic mix of sounds, including African drumming patterns, jazz, electronic and world music and artists such as the Sun Ra Arkestra, GZA and Nicolas Jaar.

Tags:  free,  Southbank Centre,  (Im)Possibilities,  Orphy Robinson.


JAMES BLOOD ULMER Trio – Are You Glad To Be In America?                     + BLACK TOP (ORPHY ROBINSON & PAT THOMAS)                                   with Special Guest Violinist – Mandhira De Saram.


LONDON Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

£17.50 + Booking fee BUY TICKETS

Blood hurtled headlong from the maelstrom of Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time in the early 80s with a visceral collision of rock, jazz and edgy, blues-inflected funk that defined a post-punk jazz attitude.
Are You Glad to Be in America was a massive cult hit on its 1980 release – still laying down a stream of guitar improv consciousness that sounds like no-one else on the planet, Blood revisits a seminal statement in the evolution of contemporary black music with a fast and furious power trio.  Jazz is the teacher – funk is the preacher.

BLACK TOP with Special guest Mandhira De Saram (Violin)..

Opening set from the Black Top core team – Orphy Robinson’s vibes and percussion projecting intricate patterns, colliding and colluding with improv maestro Pat Thomas’s live looping and electronics with special guest the exciting Violinist Mandhira De Saram.   Echoes of dub and reggae, swing and freedom, digital,  analogue and acoustic are welded in music that carries the ‘forceful dignity and beauty of a Jackson Pollock painting’ (All About Jazz)

Part of the EFG London Jazz Festival.

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                         Carleen Anderson


                     ‘Cage Street Memorial’

               at the Jazz Cafe – Camden Town…

LONDON Jazz Cafe
5 Parkway

+ Booking fee

Vocal legend Carleen Anderson returns to her London home to commemorate the release of her Cage Street Memorial trilogy, which is an album, a book and a theatre production. With a more theatrical setting – spoken word alongside a different musical format – it will consist of Orphy Robinson on vibraphone, Renell Shaw (of Rudimental) on bass and Samy Bishai on violin plus Crispin Robinson on percussion.

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LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL 2015 ………………………………………





Wednesday 18 November 2015, 8pm…CAFE OTO  £12 £10 Advance £6 Members

“Can you think of a better saxophone player? I can’t. He is a giant.” Robert Wyatt

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Last year Black Top had two sold out concerts where they were joined by Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time cohort the incredible bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Formidable drummer Mark Mondesir & the extraordinary Harmonica player Philip Achille.

This year Black Top are joined by very special guest Evan Parker, Parker is one of the great saxophone players, pushing the instrument into uncharted waters since his emergence in the late 1960s.

Parker had invited Black Top to be his guests as part of his 70th Birthday celebrations last year.                 The subsequent concert was recorded and follows on from Black Top’s internationally critically acclaimed debut album titled “No1” on the Babel Label with guest Saxophonist Steve Williamson.                                  The new album with Evan Parker is launched this month on Babel Label titled ‘Black Top No 2 with Evan Parker’.

Evan Parker Free improvised music has accounted for most of Parker’s activities over the last forty years, whether playing solo or in groups, but both jazz and art music composers have also deployed the arresting physicality of his sound as a contrasting and energising element. His saxophones have been heard inside jazz big bands led by Kenny Wheeler, Chris McGregor, Barry Guy, Stan Tracey and Charlie Watts and in the chamber music of Michael Nyman, Gavin Bryars, Frederic Rzewski and others.

Black Top, the duo of multi-instrumentalist Orphy Robinson and pianist Pat Thomas was initiated in late 2011, as a shape-shifting unit, dedicated to exploring the intersection between live instruments and lo-fi technology. Cover artists on Jazzwise earlier this year, their first release on Babel has gained many top notch reviews, such as 5* in They reprise their successful collaboration with Evan Parker from early 2014.

Their virtuoso, freely improvised performances combine twisted loops, samples and dub-effects, which draw on their Afro-Caribbean roots, with a spontaneity and daring rooted in the free-jazz experiments of New York loft-scene innovators such as Sam Rivers. To date, live collaborators have included saxophonists Steve Williamson, Shabaka Hutchings and Jason Yarde, vocalist Cleveland Watkiss, flugel horn player Claude Deppa and trumpeter Byron Wallen and tonight, Evan Parker.



Saturday  14th November 2015 – Concert – 2pm – 4pm.

Chicago-London Vibration, A day of Celebration for  the AACM at 50.

Orphy Robinson & tHE SPonTANeoUS CoSMic RAwXtra.

Venue – Rich Mix.


Jason Yarde – Sax’s, Byron Wallen – Trumpet, Cleveland Watkiss – Vocals, Nikki Yeoh – Piano, Rowland Sutherland – Flute, Phillip Achille  – Harmonica, HKB Finn – Spoken Word, Lisa Lore – Spoken/Vocals, Nubya Garcia – Tenor Sax, Jerome Harper – Trombone, Andy Grappy – Tuba, Corey Mwamba – Vibes, Bartek Glowacki – Accordian, John Edwards – Bass,  Williams Cumberbache – Percussion, Louis  Moholo Moholo – Drums.

This event is part of the EFG London Jazz Festival

Workshop / 11am – Midday / £20 (includes ticket to concert) / Upstairs

An opportunity for adult vocalists, wind and brass players to workshop material with Orphy Robinson, renowned vibraphonist and multi-instrumentalist, composer and music educator – then join the mighty SPonTANeoUS CosMic RAwkXtRA to perform their new work in the afternoon’s concert. If you’re interested in learning more about free jazz, improvisation, and conduction techniques, this is for you.

For adults (18+) who can play to ABRSM Grade 5 standard: wind, brass and vocals only. Please advise box-office of your instrument when booking.

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Concert / 2pm – 4pm / £15 / Main Space

Concert with Amplifier and SPonTANeoUS CosMic RAwXtRA. Visuals by SDNA.

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AACM Panel Discussion / 4.30pm / Free / Upstairs

Panel session exploring the international impact and resonance of the AACM.



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Freedom: The Art of Improvisation – EFG London Jazz Festival Special!

Saturday 14th November 2015 – Vortex -11.30pm – till LATE!!!….. not to be missed! Expecting a fantastic roster of musicians and artists for far and wide for this special session…. Come after your gigs everyone! ….spread the word! …

Warriors Internation presents, Freedom: The Art of Improvisation loft sessions at the Vortex. “We open our minds, stretch forth, take chances & venture out musically to arrive at something new & different.” Horace Silver

This special session, in the nature of Freedom, will see an opening short set from an adhoc ensemble and that will be swiftly followed by a constantly shifting set of soul stirring improv sessions open to all…

Between sets Straight No Chasers Paul Bradshaw delves into the vinyl – Oliver Lake to King Tubby…..

Advance £6.00 tickets can be purchased from the vortex website: