Interview: Orphy Robinson

INTERVIEW: ORPHY ROBINSON

SEPTEMBER 16

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.


Orphy Robinson All Stars play the Bobby Hutcherson Songbook at Church of Sound on 29th September at St. James the Great Church in Clapton.

Tickets and more information here.