COOL RUNNINGS 2012 No. 2 – Orphy Robinson

OrphyNUFF GREETINGS… it’s true, the end of 2012 is virtually upon us and we pick up where Jody Gillett left off. This time round it’s jazz warrior, vibes and marimba master, Orphy Robinson, who reflects on the events and artefacts that made his life in battered and bruised Con-Dem Britain (and beyond) bearable or, as we’ve said, even thrilling…


Universal Mind Systems  –  Renell Shaw & Michael Antoniou.  Seriously talented duo and hard working back team as well.

Psylus – Watch out for this new group. Well cool.

Zuri Jarrett-Boswell  is a young piano/keyboardist that I have known for some time now… soon to become a strong creative voice on the scene.

Jerome Thomas.. . his band The Soulnotes came 3rd in a major national new bands comp, seriously strong material and vocals. Youth from Hackney. Love his material.

Ava LeighAva Leigh… Strong new artist and voice on the scene. Her recorded material is a cross between lovers rock and cool jazz standards. Classy, tight,  crisp production style from Jonathon Shorten and Neville Malcolm. Live… the band is  hard core.  Off the chain. Watch this one blow up in 2013.

GIGS OF 2012 (Other peoples!)

Bassdrumbone   at Nickelsdorf Konfrontationen Festival feat. Ray Anderson,  Gerry Hemingway and Mark Helias.

Kenny Garrett  @ Pizza Express London

Raul Midon @ Union chapel London


Café Oto … Dalston

Crea8 Lifestyle Centre, Hackney Wick

The Spin , Oxford

The Chapel, Kings College, London


Kenny GarrtettKenny Garrett – Seeds From The Underground  Cd

Wadada Leo Smith – Ten Freedom Summers (4CD) [Box Set]

Christian Scott – Christian  and Tunde Adjuah

Django Bates – Beloved

Yotam Silberstein – Brasil


VA – Spiritual Jazz 2  (Jazzman Records)


RIP – Tony Marsh and  Lol Coxhill (see pic).  Two gentle giants of sound.

BADDEST SESSIONS  (Mine… ones that I’ve been part of…)

"Shake Keane... Shake Keane!"      Photography: Roger Thomas

“Shake Keane… Shake Keane!” Photography: Roger Thomas

1. Black Top 5 @ Café Oto with Byron Wallen, Cleveland Watkiss and Steve Williamson during the London Jazz Festival.

2. Performing with Wadada Leo Smith @ Café Oto

3. Sacred music/ Sacred Spaces (A love Supreme) at Kings chapel… Great musicians and fantastic arrangements from Rowland Sutherland.

4. Steve Williamson and myself performing with The Necks at Nickelsdorf.   We joined The Necks’  Tony Buck [drums, percussion] and Lloyd Swanton [double bass] onstage to fill in for piano player Chris Abrahams who had impaled himself on a bass spike 5 mins before going on stage. Nasty. I played a huge… very long… African marimba… and the  set we did  made the place go nuts! Extremely memorable and working with The Necks…  that’s another project we need to pursue.


Pat Thomas - Black Top   Pic: Roger Thomas

Pat Thomas – Black Top Pic: Roger Thomas

Black Top. Audience response and review… ALL GOOD… this outfit is breaking new ground.

Sacred Music/Sacred Spaces… the tour… we’ve got to do the tour… UK and outernational.

The Jazz Warriors International will be launching a whole heap of goodness… kicking with a DJ led session… Draw 2 Tune @ Charlie Wrights  and a series of concerts – all  guaranteed to blow your mind – in St Georges, the Hawksmoor  Church in Bloomsbury. The only church in London to be attended by HIM Haile Selassie I. Info:


About Paul Brad

Freelance journalist / Publisher / Editor - Straight No Chaser magazine / Editor - L FM : Broadcasting In A Pandemic - Gilles Peterson (Worldwide FM) / Publisher: From Jazz Funk & Fusion to Acid Jazz: A History Of The UK Jazz Dance Scene by Mark 'Snowboy' Cotgrove / Music Fan: Interplanetary Sounds: Ancient to Future / Cultural Event Consultant & Activist / Nei Jia practitioner
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