Phil Robson is an incredibly versatile and creative guitar player who was named Musician of the Year at 2009 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, Best Band in the 2015 UK Parliamentary Jazz Awards and Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. Phil is also a celebrated composer and band leader. He has recorded many solo and co-led CDs for the ground-breaking indie labels Babel and Whirlwind Recordings Ltd. Originally from Derby, Phil has now left the life he shared between London and the Kent coast in the UK behind for the East Coast of the US. He is now based in New York where he's immersed in the scene and has led various new ensembles since, including a quartet with Donny McCaslin, Adam Nussbaum & James Genus as well as a new trio feat. Joseph Lepore and Tom Rainey and a very successful quartet feat. the great saxophonist Jed Levy, Clarence Penn and Peter Slavov. Their London Jazz Festival 2018 was a brilliant end to the debut tour of this new band where Phil & Jed share the composer’s duties:;
As a band leader Robson has fronted many innovative projects including: The Immeasurable Code Quintet featuring US saxophone star Mark Turner, Six Strings The Beat, Phil Robson Trio - with drum legend Billy Hart and James Genus, bass and Phil Robson Quartet featuring David Liebman and Jeff Williams. Phil also co leads the cult band Partisans with Julian Siegel featuring Gene Calderazzo - drums and Thad Kelly - bass which has been a major influence on the European “Nu-Jazz” scene.
As a side man he has worked with artists as Barbra Streisand, Kenny Wheeler, Django Bates, Maceo Parker and many, many more. Phil has been a regular member of Jeff Williams band featuring Duane Eubanks, John O'Gallagher and others. 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 and is currently co-curating (with Christine) a series of themed jazz shows at the Irish Arts Center NYC called 'Tobin's Run on 51' as well as played at major US and Canadian Festivals with Christine Tobin and Leo Genovese. Phil Robson has also worked with Tim Armacost, Jochen Rueckert, Ingrid Jensen, Peter Washington, Harvie S, Jed Levy, Elliott Zigmund, Matt Pavolka, John Hébert, Colin Stranahan, Peter Bernstein, Gary Versace, Matt Dusk, Tyler Mitchel and Rich Perry and continues to be a valued part of the New York jazz scene and community.
We are delighted that Phil’s Organ Trio, his international Quintet and Quartet are working with Mo’ Connections as well as his solo and US projects.