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Jamalaadeen Tacuma Phillip Achille Mark Mondesir with Black Top November 2014.




Church of Sound continue to bring the heat with their unique shows in the equally unique setting of St. James the Great Church. Most recently, their discoteque with Sofrito and Carvery Cuts’ Frankie Francis kept a church-full of music lovers dancing until the early hours. This month they’re back with a show celebrating the work of the late great Bobby Hutcherson, with legendary marimba and vibraphone player Orphy Robinson taking the reins.

Robinson is a major figure of the UK jazz scene, having released records on Blue Note and working with the likes of Don Cherry, Courtney Pine, Lester Bowie and David Murray. He’s also ventured into the more avant-garde and experimental reaches, working with Robert Wyatt, Neneh Cherry and Derek Bailey.

At Church of Sound, Robinson will be joined on the night by an all star line up featuring Moses Boyd, Nubya Garcia, Byron Wallen and Tony Koffi – this one’s going to be special!

Ahead of the show, Total Refreshment Centre’s Lexus Blondin caught up with Orphy for a quick chat about his music, the significance of the likes of Bobby Hutcherson and Roy Ayers, and the mentoring work he’s done over the years.



Jamaaladeen Tacuma Live with Black Top at Cafe Oto…. 2


“Black Top at Cafe Oto part of the London Jazz Festival was a blast with 1st performance of a 2 night stand with Black Top – Pat Thomas and Orphy Robinson. Pat and Orphy are magnificent in blending electronica sensibilities with acoustic vibrations. Phillip Achillie on Harmonica is a beast. Never heard nothing like him. So fluent in this improvisational setting. The music was sincere and powerful. I want to stay connected with Black Top. Thank you Pat and Orphy and everyone at Cafe Oto.” Jamaaladeen Tacuma.


Orphy Vibes, Pat Thomas, Philip Achille & Mark Mondesir and Jamaaladeen Tacuma.





Pat Thomas Solo Piano



Don Cherry  with Orphy Robinson

Black Top Pat Thomas Orphy Robinson and Steve Williamson at Jazz in the Round 30th January 2012

Black top Pat Thomas Orphy Robinson and Shabaka Hutchings  at Cafe Oto 8th February 2012