The Panel of Judges set to work
Early mixes of Robin's currently untitled new solo CD were passed to a select group of individuals for feedback and title suggestions this week. The CD was sent to a broad range of people of different ages and musical tastes for honest feedback.
Recording takes place as part of JMT
Robin has teamed up with his favourite bass player, Graeme Howell, and phenomenal British poet, Jehane Markham, to record an eclectic album which fuses solo poetry, jazz duo numbers and trio pieces in which Robin and Graeme support Jehane's poetry with arrangements of classic jazz standards.
Robin will perform with Jehane and Graeme in the summer and the CD will be available to buy later this year. For further information about Jehane Markham visit www.roughwinds.co.uk
The solo album is named
Robin's new solo album, to be launched during the summer, will be called 'The Last Bar'. Originally with the working title of 'Me and My Piano', 'The Last Bar' was felt to encapsulate the type of venues that would provide a suitable home for the music of Robin's latest recordings. The many different meanings of the title along with the image of a basement jazz bar in the early hours of the morning with Robin playing the piano in the corner helped to provide the new name for the CD.
New solo CD finishes editing stages
Following months of recording, the editing, mixing and mastering of Robin's new CD, The Last Bar, was finished this week by GWR multi-award-winning radio producer Mark 'Brainz' Hitchings. Robin and Mark have worked together for years on different projects and Mark couldn't wait to take up the opportunity to work on Robin's latest album.
Robin to perform with TV and film legend - Roger Lloyd Pack
As part of the Salthouse 05 festival, Robin will join his favourite bass player Graeme Howell to provide improvised jazz support to famed British actor Roger Lloyd Pack and published poet, Jehane Markham, in Salthouse Church, North Norfolk on July 31st.
Roger Lloyd Pack's widespread UK fame was sealed following parts on TV such as Trigger in 'Only Fools and Horses' and Owen in 'The Vicar of Dibly' and has recently finished filming the new Harry Potter film in which he plays Barty Crouch.
Jehane Markham is a poet and playwright who has recently released her new poetry collection, 30 Poems. Robin performs with Graeme and Jehane Markham in a modern poetry jazz collective called JMT (Jehane Markham Trio), in which Jehane's poetry performs a rhythmic role in the trio. See below for details of the group's recording to be available later in 2005. For more information about Jehane Markham visit www.roughwinds.co.uk.
Robin snaps up new management as career takes off
Robin has joined forces with marketing expert, Tara Mallinson, to take his playing and recording career to the next level. Formerly brand executive at Adnams, Tara has stepped over into the entertainment business to help launch Robin's career onto the international jazz stage.
CD artwork and design developed
Robin has teamed up with awesome young designer, Simon Griffith, to create the look of his new CD and promotional print work. Simon took an early cut of the album and the photography of Mark Tristam Lawrence and set to work to create the imagery for Robin's new CD, The Last Bar. Formerly a designer of rugby clothing at Samurai, Simon's work today takes him into a variety of different industries and he enters the world of jazz for the first time on this project.
New CD, The Last Bar, to be launched on July 16th
Robin's new solo CD, The Last Bar, will be launched on July 16th and will include 14 versions of jazz standards. The CD mixes vocal numbers with intricate solo piano tunes, which demonstrate Robin's versatility as a musician and singer. Buy the CD now by going to the order page, only £10 plus p&p, for over an hour's worth of great new versions of classic jazz tunes.
Robin secures six months of regular slots at Norwich's premier piano jazz bar - Cafe Bar Marzano
From July, Robin will performn regular gigs at Cafe Bar Marzano in The Forum in Norwich city centre. On the second Saturday of every month Robin will perform tracks from his new album, 'The Last Bar', as well as perform new solo piano and vocal tunes from 8pm.
On the last Thursday of each month Robin will perform as part of Adnams' new jazz nights at Cafe Bar Marzano. Each month Robin will be joined by another fantastic jazz musician as they delve into the world of jazz greats from last century. Already confirmed to join Robin are sensational young vocalist Rhiannon Bradbury, Czech Republic bass player Vilem Hais, and energetic trombone player, Chris Mills. Check out the gigs page for further details.
Robin's new website is launched
Robin's new website has been launched to accompany his new CD, The Last Bar. Repmusic.co.uk features all the latest information about Robin. It includes downloadable tracks from the new CD and opportunities for people to join the new emailing list to keep up to date with Robin's career. Designed to mirror the look of the new CD, the fantastic new website, developed by interactive guru Ben Sturgess, will continue to develop as Robin's career progresses.
The media cotton on to a good thing
Robin has been the focus of much media attention surrounding the launch of his new CD. He was featured in the EDP Centro supplement on Friday 15th July following an interview with feature writer Jon Welch. On the same day 'The Last Bar' received three star approval from jazz reviewer David Wakefield in the 'Event' supplement of the EDP.
Robin performed live on BBC Radio Norfolk on the Graham Bernard show on July 1st ahead of the CD launch and was interviewed by BBC Look East TV presenter, Jenny Kirk. Pictures from the launch party were also featured in a special piece about the event in the EDP's Saturday supplement on 30th July. The monthly glossy Norfolk Magazine is also rumoured to be featuring Robin in an upcoming edition.
The Last Bar is launched
Over 100 people attended the launch party of Robin's new album, 'The Last Bar', on July 16th. The event was held at Cafe Bar Marzano in The Forum in Norwich city centre where Robin performed tracks from his new CD and also took part in a signing session. The event was used to thank the many people that had contributed to the album and special guests were presented with unique framed versions of 'The Last Bar' as mementos.
Norwich shops get behind the new album
Nine shops in the heart of Norwich are acting as outlets for Robin's new album, 'The Last Bar'. Well-established independent music shop Prelude Music, on St Giles Street, has included Robin's album in its new jazz section. Wine bars, The Last Wine Bar and Bedfords, are also selling the album. Music shops including Music Room on St Benedict's Street, Elkin Music and Gibson Music are also stocking the CD. The King of Hearts arts centre is also proving to be a popular stockist for the album. For a full list of shops selling the album see the 'order' page on this website.
Robin featured in The Stage
The national entertainment newspaper The Stage featured Robin in its 'Show People' section on 22 September. See the biography page for the piece.
This month, Robin performed again with his poetry/jazz collective JMT and Roger Lloyd Pack at the River Studios in West Acre, Norfolk and also featured in a Jazz Dinner night at The Assembly House in Norwich.
BBC Radio and website feature
Robin was interviewed for the BBC website this month and appeared on Andy Archer's BBC Radio Norfolk show on Sunday 2nd October (see media coverage for full articles and audio clips). Whilst on Andy's show Robin talked about his upcoming gigs and played tracks from his new album, 'The Last Bar'.
New video demo recorded
Following interest from agents for work overseas, Robin was prompted to come up with a video demo to enable agents and venues to see him at work. Since it was done we thought we'd add it to the music page of the website for everyone's enjoyment, have a look and see what you think!
Merry Christmas one and all!!