Phil Robson Organ Trio

Sun 8 Jun 7:30 for 8:15 (£13/11)Hen & Chicken Book

Phil Robson (Guitars)
Ross Stanley (Organ)
Gene Calderazzo (Drums)

Quite simply Phil has worked his way up the Jazz ladder by hard work and an extremely unique and contemporary guitar style. Along with Mike Walker they represent the best of UK Jazz guitar. This is set to be a real treat with that incredible jazz sound produced by the Hammond organ and played by a top exponent in Ross Stanley. Add to that the prospect of getting Gene Calderazzo back in Bristol and we have a mouth-watering night in prospect, of hard edged contemporary music.

Phil Robson

Originally from Derby, Phil is now based between London and the Kent coast in the UK. He is internationally regarded as a versatile and creative player who appears in all kinds of diverse settings. Phil is also a celebrated composer and band leader.

As leader Robson has fronted many innovative projects including: The Immeasurable Code Quintet; Six strings & the beat; his own trio with drum legend Billy Hart & James Genus, bass; and Quartet featuring David Liebman & Jeff Williams. Phil also co leads the cult band Partisans with Julian Siegel featuring Gene Calderazzo - drums & Thad Kelly - bass which has been a major influence on the European Nu-Jazz scene. He is also a long term band member and frequent collaborator with Christine Tobin, whose ground-breaking approach to singing and songwriting is highly acclaimed. As a side man he has worked with artists that can be classed in the Greats category Barbra Streisand, Kenny Wheeler, Django Bates, Maceo Parker and many, many more.

Phil is a wonderful guitarist and composer, definitely a unique player. We had a ball and hopefully I will be able to play with Phil again. ~ David Liebman, US sax legend

Ross Stanley

Ross Stanley is a pianist and organist originally from Frimley, England. Began piano at age 4, by a teenager, he was awarded an organ scholarship to Marlborough College. Upon leaving Marlborough, Ross was invited to study for his music degree at several renowned institutions including Trinity College of Music, Guildhall School of Music and a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in the USA. He decided to stay in London, however, and completed a BMUS in classical and jazz piano at Guildhall in 2004.

Since leaving, Ross’s musical skills have kept him in high demand, seeing him play with jazz names such as Will Vinson, Dennis Rollins, Guy Barker, Joel Frahm, Liane Carroll, Stan Sulzman, Steve Arguelles, John Paracelli, Bobby Wellins, Clark Tracey, as well as being a regular member of the Jim Mullen Organ Trio, the Mark McKnight Organ Quartet and the Jacqui Dankworth band and performing in many small and large ensembles – Nostalgia 77 Octet, The Heritage Orchestra. Ross has also toured with Steve Howe (guitarist with ‘Yes’) Trio, Deodato and has recorded for Goldie, US3, Trevor Horn and Simply Red among others.Ross is a Hammond endorsee.

....constantly in demand for his flowing creative and lyrical playing. His soloing is profoundly steeped in complex harmonic tension and release but always serves the music and is universally revered by both fellow musicians and the wider listening public alike. ~ Pureblissmusic

Gene Calderazzo

Gene Calderazzo is currently residing in the UK. The New Yorker has established himself as one of the busiest drummers on the International jazz scene. Notable performances have included Steve Lacy, Pharoah Sanders, Steve Grossman, Eddie Henderson, Bheki Mseleku, Sting, Radiohead, James Moody, Phil Woods, Benny Golson, Ulf Wakenius, Gary Husband, Wayne Krantz, Bobby Watson, Eddie Gomez, Evan Parker, Randy Brecker and his brother the amazing pianist Joey Calderazzo, among others. He currently tours with the Partisans, Zoe Rahman, and the Julian Siegel quartet. Gene is also a visiting tutor at The Royal Academy of Music, Trinity College of Music and The Guildhall.

Was there ever a drummer who combined power and subtlety the way Gene Calderazzo does? He anticipates everything, he shapes the events, he stimulates and guides the soloists, he is there in every sense of the word ~ Steve Gray,
late, great composer and arranger

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