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ORPHY ROBINSON AND THIRD EYE ALL STARS PRESENTS:
A SPIRITUAL JAZZ REIMAGINING OF VAN MORRISON’S ASTRAL WEEKS

A Spiritual Jazz Reimagining of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks

Orphy Robinson, winner of this year’s Jazz FM Live Performer Of The Year award, brings his exclusive spiritual jazz take on Van Morrison’s 1968 masterpiece Astral Weeks with his Third Eye All Stars.

With its magical combination of jazz, folk and soul influences Astral Weeks is widely regarded as one of the most influential recordings of 20th century contemporary music.

Nigh on five decades ago a group of leading jazz musicians entered a studio in New York with Van Morrison and produced the classic reford. These musicians included drummer Connie Kay of the Modern Jazz Quartet, bassist Richard Davis (Miles Davis, Eric Dolphy), guitarist Jay Berliner (Charles Mingus) and vibes player Warren Smith who accompanied Sam Rivers.

Winding forward to 2017, as the album’s 50th anniversary approaches, leading UK vibes player and jazz warrior Orphy Robinson brings together the cream of UK jazz players to reinterpret the transcendental arrangements of Astral Weeks.

Building on his award winning tribute to Bobby Hutcherson and his role as musical director for Carleen Anderson’s Cage Street Memorial this is his most ambitious project yet and will be the be the final presentation of Astral Weeks in 2017.

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Jazzfest    Berlin

Instruments © Camille Blake

Jean-Paul Bourelly, Frank Gratkowski, Orphy Robinson, Pat Thomas

Berlin-London Conversations 1

JEAN-PAUL BOURELLY guitar
FRANK GRATKOWSKI bass clarinet, alto saxophone
ORPHY ROBINSON vibraphone
PAT THOMAS piano

The vibraphonist Orphy Robinson and the pianist Pat Thomas, both born in 1960 and based in the UK, perform together as Black Top, often adding guests (from the free-improvising saxophonist Evan Parker to the Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore) for their live and recorded performances. Tonight they invite two Berlin-based musicians to take part in their world of collective creation. The saxophonist Frank Gratkowski, born in 1963, studied with Charlie Mariano, Sal Nistico and Steve Lacy before performing with countless ensembles around the world. The guitarist Jean-Paul Bourelly was born in 1960 to Haitian parents on Chicago’s South Side; he has lived in Europe since the 1990s. He was a member of the Black Rock Coalition and has recorded with Muhal Richard Abrams, Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, Cassandra Wilson and Miles Davis.

www.bourelly.com
www.gratkowski.com
orphyrobinson.blogspot.de

Tickets & Dates

Jean-Paul Bourelly, Frank Gratkowski, Orphy Robinson, Pat Thomas

Venue:

A-Trane

Price/Category:

€ 15 / reduced € 10

Dates:


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TDE Promotions: Black Top at Birmingham The MAC

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Wed 8 Nov, 8.15pm | Tickets £11 (£8.50) | Hexagon Theatre

Black Top is a duo consisting of Orphy Robinson on vibes, marimba and assorted electronics and Pat Thomas on keys and electronics.  Their freely improvised sets always feature a guest artist and draw on grooves, loops, samples with a strong influence from their Afro-Caribbean roots.  This is one of the most innovative groups on the contemporary scene.  The guest artist on this occasion will be Jean Paul Bourelly, who played on Amandla, one of Miles Davis’ last albums.  He moved to Europe in the 1990s and his music has increasingly drawn on his Haitian roots, as well as African rhythms, blues and rock since then.Orphy Robinson is one of the major figures of the jazz scene – he has released records on Blue Note and played with Don Cherry, David Murray, Henry Threadgill, Courtney Pine, Jazz Warriors and Andy Shepherd.He has composed for Film and TV- including “In answer to your question” for the Balanescu String Quartet and “ 42 Shades of Black” for Phoenix Dance Theatre,which was performed at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.Currently leads the groups CODEFIVE- NUBIAN VIBES – he also plays in the groups BRUISE and CLEAR FRAME as well as co-leading Black Top with Pat ThomasPat Thomas studied classical piano from aged 8 and started playing Jazz from the age of 16. He has since gone on to develop an utterly unique style – embracing improvisation, jazz and new music. He has played with Derek Bailey in Company Week (1990/91) and in the trio AND (with Noble) – with Tony Oxley’s Quartet and Celebration Orchestra and in Duo with Lol Coxhill.  He co-leads Black Top with Orphy Robinsonwww.blacktopmusic.org

Pat Thomas has a somewhat imperious charisma that’s immediately amplified when he starts to play. Unlike other pianists whose virtuosity seems to be racing ahead of their thought processes Thomas always seems supremely in command of his gift, and his playing, no matter how free and ready to tangle with abstraction, always carries a charge of authoritative exactitude.

The Jazzmann

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Basquiat and Jazz featuring Black Top

LONDON LSO St Luke’s
London
London
EC1V 9NG

£15 – £25
+ Booking fee

Performing under their collective alias Black Top, British vibraphonist and multi-instrumentalist Orphy Robinson is joined by regular collaborator and pianist Pat Thomas. The evening’s performance offers a rich exploration of the cultural dynamic between Free-Jazz and the vividly resonant paintings of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Introduced by writer and improvisation expert Francesco Martinelli, the concert welcomes further performers and collaborators in radical guitarist Jean Paul Bourelly, spoken word artist Anthony Joseph, and trumpeter Byron Wallen.

Jazz was a reoccurring theme in Basquiat’s work. Pieces including ‘Trumpet’, ‘Horn Players’ and ‘Charles the First’ demonstrate his love of the genre whilst immortalising great players such as Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Similarly, away from the canvas in Basquiat’s occasional DJ sets at the legendary New York night club Area, he could be found playing records by jazz legends including John Coltrane.

This concert coincides with Basquiat: Boom For Real, the first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of the artist, opening at the Barbican Art Gallery on 21 September 2017.

Produced by the Barbican in association with Serious

Part of our 25 for 25 commissioning programme.


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Black Top

with Cleveland Watkiss & Tiago Coimbra

Wednesday Nov 15th 19:30 – 22:00
£8 full / £6 students & under 18s
(+10% booking fee)
Unitarian Church

Black Top, the duo of multi-instrumentalist Orphy Robinsonand pianist Pat Thomas, is a shape-shifting unit dedicated to exploring the intersection between live instruments and lo-fi technology. 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 experimental free-jazz.

Each in the series is moulded by the contributions of unique guest collaborators. For this very special Cambridge date Robinson and Thomas will be joined by the incredible pairing of the Uk’s finest Award winning Vocalist Cleveland Watkissand a fellow collaborator from the 1980s to today. Watkiss is a musician who has the ability to seamlessly merge classical and hip-hop vocalistic techniques with a jazz now sensibility. Cambridge based bassist Brazilian Tiago Coimbra completes the line up. Hold on to your seats this one promises to be a helluva musical journey.

Orphy Robinson is one of the major figures of the jazz scene – he has released records on Blue Note and played with a long list of top line musicians like Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) Wadada Leo Smith, Lester Bowie, Don Cherry, David Murray, Henry Threadgill, Courtney Pine, Jazz Warriors and Andy Shepherd.

He has composed for Film and TV- including “In answer to your question” for the Balanescu String Quartet and “ 42 Shades of Black” for Phoenix Dance Theatre,which was performed at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

“As the saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter once famously remarked in a 1992 interview with Mel Martin, “The word ‘jazz’ means to me no category”. You would similarly search in vain for a pigeon hole in which to place Black Top. An evening of surpassing invention and ambition, there might be a more creative, more engaging and more inspiring gig at this year’s London Jazz Festival. But I somehow doubt it.” – The Arts Desk.

Pat Thomas studied classical piano from aged 8 and started playing Jazz from the age of 16. He has since gone on to develop an utterly unique style – embracing improvisation, jazz and new music. He has played with Derek Bailey in Company Week (1990/91) and in the trio AND (with Noble) – with Tony Oxley’s Quartet and Celebration Orchestra and in Duo with Lol Coxhill.

“Sartorially shabby as Thomas may be, and on first impression even rather stolid, he has a somewhat imperious charisma that’s immediately amplified when he starts to play. Unlike other pianists whose virtuosity seems to be racing ahead of their thought processes Thomas always seems supremely in command of his gift, and his playing, no matter how free and ready to tangle with abstraction, always carries a charge of authoritative exactitude.” – The Jazzmann

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MONK MISTERIOSO

A brand new edition of Monk Misterioso, sponsored by the Arts Council England, will tour UK  and be part of the London Jazz Festival 2017.

 

MONK MISTERIOSO Tour

October 11th –    Monk Misterioso Launch at the British Library with Culture&

November 5th –  Monk Misterioso – Colchester Arts Centre

November 12th – Monk Misterioso – The Stables, Milton Keynes

November 14th – Misterioso in Italy and UK – Cinema Italia UK, Regent Street Cinema, London

November 16th – Monk Misterioso – Portsmouth Guildhall

November 18th – Monk Misterioso – London Jazz Festival, Kings Place, London

MONK MISTERIOSO Tour 2017

by Theatralia

Written by Stefano Benni

Translated, Adapted and Directed by Filomena Campus

Producer Natalie Richardson

Tour manager Janet Waugh

Video Design by SDNA

Music director Rowland Sutherland

Press office Nicky Thomas Media

Featuring UK Jazz stars:

Cleveland Watkiss, Pat Thomas, Orphy Robinson, Rowland Sutherland, Filomena Campus, Dudley Phillips

Special guests on Nov 18th: Jean Toussaint and Mark Mondesir

In collaboration with Arts Council England,  Green Network, Serious, London Jazz Festival,  Italian Embassy London, Culture&, Mind, Portsmouth Guildhall, British Library, Cinema Italia UK, Regent Street Cinema, JazzFM, The Italian Bookshop, The Vortex, Black History Month.

‘THE STORY OF THE ECCENTRIC PIANIST WHO SHRUGGED OFF PREJUDICE TO BECOME A JAZZ ICON IS RIPE FOR DRAMATIZATION. A CRIME TO MISS IT’  THE TIMES 

  • Cleveland

    Watkiss

    vocalist & actor

    Cleveland Watkiss is a British vocalist, actor and composer. Winner of multiple

    Wire/Guardian Jazz Awards and the London Jazz Awards in 2010, Cleveland has just received the Parliamentary Jazz Award for Best Vocalist of the Year.

     

    ‘Best male jazz singer in Britain’

    Evening Standard

     

    ‘A jazz legend’

    Telegraph

     

    Filomena

    Campus

    narrator & vocalist

    London based jazz vocalist and lyricist Filomena Campus is a theatre director and lecturer as well. Her diverse influences range from modern literature and art to the culture of her native Sardinia.

     

    “her scatting is literally something else, […] a modernist in her approach”

    Jazz in Europe

     

    Pat

    Thomas

    on piano

    Black Top’s Pat Thomas has an utterly unique style – embracing improvisation, jazz and new music. He has played with Derek Bailey in Company Week (1990/91) and in the trio AND (with Noble) – with Tony Oxley’s Quartet and Celebration Orchestra and in Duo with Lol Coxhill.

     

    Rowland

    Sutherland

    on flute

     

    “Flautist Rowland Sutherland has a superb sound and technique, and is undoubtedly one of the very best flautists on the British scene.”

    Time Out

    Orphy

    Robinson

    on vibes

    One of the leading marimba players, vibraphone players, multi-instrumentalist, composers and musical directors. He has written for Theatre, Television, Opera, provided music scores for the 2012 London Olympics. Together with Pat Thomas he forms Black Top.

     

    “Vibes player Orphy Robinson is a national treasure.” Telegraph

     

    Dudley

    Philips

    on double bass

    Playing both double and electric bass, Dudley Phillips is a creative musician working in the field of contemporary songwriting, jazz, folk and world music. He has contributed to a large body of recordings, toured internationally and wrote album tracks for artists Monica Vasconcelos, Perfect Houseplants and Filomena Campus.

    Mark

    Mondesir

    on drums

    Jazz drummer Mark Mondesir is one of UK’s finest. Comfortable in any genre, from jazz to rock to funk to fusion, he has worked with the likes of Courtney Pine, John McLaughlin and Julian Joseph.

    Jean

    Toussaint

    on sax

    Since Toussaint left Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in the mid eighties, he hasn’t looked back.

    Today he works out of London England as a composer, tenor/soprano saxophonist, bandleader and highly regarded jazz educator.

     

Monk Misterioso – a journey into the silence of Thelonious Monk 

EFG LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL 2017

Music / Saturday, 18 November 2017 – 8:00pm / Hall Two

£19.50 | Savers £9.50*

A £3.00 booking fee will be applied to all ticket bookings. An additional fee of £1.50 is applied if you wish to receive your tickets by post. Fees do not apply to bookings or ticket collections made in person at the Box Office.

Perhaps the most enigmatic talent to have emerged from the maelstrom of bebop in the 1940s, Thelonious Monkcontinues to exert a powerful influence on the jazz world, as pianist, composer and as an individual force of nature, who had the courage to go against the racism of his era. In the last seven years of his life, Monk stopped talking and playing, totally isolating himself from the world.

With text by the prominent Italian writer Stefano Benni, Theatralia’s production explores the world of the unique revolution he brought into jazz composition and piano playing, and the mystery of these last seven years, when he decided to close himself into a mysterious silence. Narrator and vocalist Filomena Campus is joined by Cleveland Watkiss, Orphy RobinsonPat Thomas, Jean ToussaintRowland Sutherland, Dudley Phillips and Mark Mondesir, with video design by SNDA.

‘The story of the eccentric pianist who shrugged off prejudice to become a jazz icon is ripe for dramatization… A crime to miss it’ The Times 

‘A powerful and moving performance, with Monk’s matchless music and superb musicians to lead you through’ LONDONJAZZ  

‘Filomena Campus’ spellbinding Monk homage’ Jazzwise 

efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk

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MARSHALL ALLEN, KASH KILLION, AVREEAYAL RA, KA – THE SPIRAL INFINITY QUARTET WITH BLACK TOP

Delighted to welcome back Marshall Allen, the 93 year old leader of the Arkestra, in a 3 night
residency. Tonight they perform together with the duo Black Top (Pat Thomas, Orphy Robinson)
The Double Spiral Infinity Quartet:

Marshall Allen – alto saxophone, casio vl-tone, electronic valve instrument (EVI) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkRJpB0Mhyc
Kash Killion – cello, double bass, sarangi – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZe9VkfTabs
Avreeayl Ra – drums, bamboo flute, kalimba https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsOeZDTv4yQ
KA – piano https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytPTPxmNdyw

Delighted to welcome back Marshall Allen, the 93 year old leader of the Arkestra, in a 3 night residency
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JAZZ FM 2017 LIVE EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR (PUBLIC VOTE)                                          WINNER :                       ORPHY ROBINSON ALL STARS  ‘BOBBY HUTCHERSON SONGBOOK’ AT CHURCH OF SOUND. 

Jazz FM Awards 2017 UK and international stars from jazz, blues, soul and film honoured in London.

Hosted by Jazz FM presenter, Jez Nelson, an impressively varied mix of UK and international artists from the worlds of jazz, blues and soul were honoured at the fourth Jazz FM Awards on Tuesday night. Taking place in the stunning surroundings of the Assembly Hall – a grand, high-ceilinged room located on the first floor of Shoreditch Town Hall (a Grade II listed building) – the evening kicked off with a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. Laura Mvula, having just received the Soul Artist of the Year Award, performed “The Man I Love” from Fitzgerald’s peerless Gershwin Songbook.

The tribute was especially fitting on two counts. Firstly, it was the 100th anniversary of Fitzgerald’s birth. Secondly, way back in 1990, she had helped to launch Jazz FM with a brace of concerts at the Royal Albert Hall.

A strong presence on the UK jazz scene since the 1990s who released her long-awaited debut album, Solo Gemini, last year, pianist and composer Nikki Yeoh was a hugely popular choice for Instrumentalist of the Year. (Pictured below left: Nikki Yeoh, photo courtesy of Hannah Young.)

With a shortlist that included Donny McCaslin’s Beyond Now, Gregory Porter’s Take Me to the Alley and Kurt Elling’s The Beautiful Day, Album of the Year (one of three categories voted for by the public) went to a little-known beat combo by the name of The Rolling Stones, for their album of blues covers, Blue & Lonesome.

In a recorded video message, album producer Don Was said of the band: “When they kick into gear, the whole becomes far greater than the already gigantic sum of the parts. That’s exactly what happened during the making of Blue & Lonesome.”

The trio of Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood took to the stage a second time to collect the Blues Artist of the Year Award. If they play their cards right, they could make quite a name for themselves.

A previous recipient of the Instrumentalist of the Year Award in 2015, sax player, bandleader and composer Shabaka Hutchings (Sons of Kemet, The Comet is Coming, Shabaka and the Ancestors) was voted by the public as UK Jazz Act of the Year. (Pictured below right: Shabaka Hutchings, photo courtesy of Hannah Young.)

US drummer Jaimeo Brown was honoured with Jazz Innovation of the Year for his Transcendence project, South London duo Yussef Kamaal were named Breakthrough Act of the Year, and DJ, radio presenter and record label owner Gilles Peterson picked up the Digital Initiative of the Year Award in recognition of his new global music radio platform, Worldwide FM, which launched in September last year.

In the third and final category voted for by the public, it was hugely gratifying to see vibes player and mulit-instrumentalist Orphy Robinson win the Live Experience of the Year Award for the acclaimed Bobby Hutcherson Songbook at St James the Great, London.

Presented to him by Van Morrison, the pioneering R&B/jazz vocalist Georgie Fame received the PPL Lifetime Achievement Award, and subsequently blew the roof off the Assembly Hall with a performance of the great Bobby Timmons song “Moanin’”, featuring an excellent quartet led by Guy Barker.

La La Land and Whiplash director Damien Chazelle, who trousered the Best Director gong at this year’s Oscars, received the Impact Award for bringing jazz to wider audiences. In his video message, Chazelle confessed to being “jazz-obsessed my whole life; as a former wannabe jazz musician. I was never quite good enough to make it, so I decided to film jazz musicians instead and try to put jazz on screen.”

With a shortlist that included the sterling talents of Carleen Anderson and Polly Gibbons, the inimitable Norma Winstone, whose 75th birthday concert at Cadogan Hall last year as part of the London Jazz Festival is still fresh in the memory, picked up Vocalist of the Year.

Charlie Watts, a lifelong jazz fan who also performs with his own Quintet and Tentet, made it a trio of awards for the Stones when he picked up the Gold Award – presented to him by the great sax player and free improv icon, Evan Parker – in recognition of his significant contribution to jazz and blues.

A key collaborator on David Bowie’s Blackstar, as well as a composer, bandleader and member of the great Maria Schneider Orchestra, US sax player McCaslin didn’t go home empty-handed, picking up the International Jazz Artist of the Year and playing music from his shortlisted album Beyond Now, a recording both inspired by, and dedicated to, Bowie.

Congratulating McCaslin in a video message, Bowie’s long-standing producer Tony Visconti said: “When we did Blackstar together you blew our minds because you’re a one-take guy…If it wasn’t for you, Blackstar wouldn’t be the success that it is.”

The full list of winners:

Instrumentalist of the Year: Nikki Yeoh

Soul Artist of the Year: Laura Mvula

Breakthrough Act of the Year: Yussef Kamaal

Blues Artist of the Year: The Rolling Stones

Vocalist of the Year: Norma Winstone

International Jazz Artist of the Year: Donny McCaslin

Album of the Year (public vote): The Rolling Stones, Blue & Lonesome

UK Jazz Act of the Year (public vote): Shabaka Hutchings

Digital Initiative of the Year: Gilles Peterson – Worldwide FM

Jazz Innovation of the Year: Jaimeo Brown

LIVE EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR – Public Vote:
– Ashley Henry Trio at Jazz Re:Fest, Royal Festival Hall
– Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles at Glee Club Birmingham
– Julian Arguelles with Frankfurt Radio Big Band, Django Bates & Steve Argüelles at Cheltenham Jazz Festival
WINNER – Orphy Robinson All Stars – The Bobby Hutcherson Songbook at St James The Great, London
– Roberto Fonseca Trio at Gateshead International Jazz Festival, Sage Gateshead
– Wayne Shorter Quartet at EFG London Jazz Festival, Barbican.

Impact Award: Damien Chazelle

PPL Lifetime Achievement Award: Georgie Fame

Gold Award: Charlie Watts.

http://www.musicweek.com/talent/read/rolling-stones-laura-mvula-and-gilles-peterson-among-big-winners-at-jazz-fm-awards/068266
The Jazz FM Awards 2017 is a partnership between Jazz FM and Serious and is made possible with the support of PPL, Mishcon De Reya, PRS for Music, British Airways, Rathbones, Pollitt & Partners, Oris Watches, Grange Hotels, RCS, Everyman, SharpStream, Denbies Wine Estate, Boxer Gin, Fever Tree, Yamaha, The Piano Bar Soho and Arqiva.

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London tribute to Van Morrison’s legendary Astral Weeks..

Van the Man
Van the Man
Van Morrison’s legendary album Astral Weeks will be the subject of a fascinating                                                                                      live event in London on March 16. 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Astral Weeks,                                                                         widely-regarded as Van Morrison’s creative masterpiece. With its combination of                                                                                     jazz, folk and soul influences, it’s widely regarded as one of the most influential                                                                                    albums of the 20th century.Leading UK vibes player and Jazz Warrior Orphy                                                                                      Robinson has brought together a new generation of UK jazz players to reinterpret                                                                                      the transcendental arrangements of Astral Weeks for a live performance of the album.

The group – formed especially for the night – includes musicians who’ve worked                                                                                          for the likes of KT Tunstall, Ian Dury, Robert Wyatt, Bill Withers, Amy Winehouse,                                                                              Goldie and Bjork. This is a serious line-up.

 The gig takes place at well-known music venue and dance club, 229 The Venue,                                                                                     which is based on Great Portland Street in central London. Tickets are priced                                                                                                 at £21.50 and are available online at 229thevenue.com.

It promises to be quite a unique night celebrating Van the Man’s masterpiece.


Jazz Special: Paul Bradshaw with Orphy Robinson // 02-03-17
Paul Bradshaw is founder of Straight No Chaser, with a record collection that matches                                                                                                     the depth and variety of his iconic magazine. To mark our jazz special, he’ll be joined by                                                                                        Warriors Int. vibes-master, Orphy Robinson to talk about his Third Eye All Stars’ much                                                                                  anticipated rendering of Van Morrison’s 1968 masterpiece Astral Weeks.

PLAYING TRACKS BY

Jimi Hendrix, Mike Taylor Remembered, John Handy,                                                                                                                                      The Mothers Of Invention, Love and more.

CHART POSITIONS

This upload was 6th in the Folk chart , 7th in the World Music chart , 34th in the Funk chart ,                                                                                                                                           43rd in the Jazz chart and 46th in the Soul chart .

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Orphy Robinson All star’s Bobby Hutchinson tribute nominated for Jazz fm

LIVE EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR 2017 at the Jazz Fm Awards.

http://www.jazzfmawards.com/nominees/