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The Thursday Night Jazz tradition was introduced to Hot Numbers Gwydir Street by Nick Hill, known to Cambridge locals from his previous residencies at the Elm Tree and the Cricketers. We now welcome Mark Hale, a frequent guest of Nick's and outstanding Drummer, to bring fresh talent from the UK Jazz scene every Thursday. Our live music is funded through the generosity of the audience with a suggested donation of £5.
Matt Robinson Trio - January 7th.
Matt Robinson is a London based pianist, composer and improviser, working primarily in jazz and contemporary music. As well as writing music for several of his own projects, he performs regularly around the UK in various collaborations and original music projects.
Matt studied at the Royal Academy of Music and was awarded the Edwin Samuel Dove prize and a Yamaha Jazz Scholarship upon graduation in 2012.
Since then, Matt has performed and recorded with many leading musicians on the UK scene and is a member of several regularly performing bands including Snowpoet, Reuben Fowler Big Band, Ollie Howell Quintet, Max Luthert’s Orbital, Alex Munk Quartet, Corrie Dick Group, Nick Costley-White Quartet and the Sam Rapley Group.
Matt is featured several critically acclaimed albums such as Between Shadows by trumpeter Reuben Fowler, Orbitalby bassist Max Luthert and Sutures and Stitches by drummer Ollie Howell. He will also be featured on soon to be released recordings from Corrie Dick, Sam Rapley, Alex Munk, Henry Spencer and the second album from the Ollie Howell Quintet.
Matt also plays piano and keyboards in Snowpoet, a project of original songs led by Chris Hyson and Lauren Kinsella. Their debut EP Butterfly was released in December 2014 and the band are returning to the studio later this year.
Over the past few years, Matt has also worked on several collaborative projects with composer Nigel Morgan, including a piece entitled 15 Images which also involved textile artist Alice Fox and software designer Phil Legard in combining visualisations with digitally notated scores.
“Robinson’s own playing draws you in with improvisations that have purpose and meaning.” – LondonJazz blog
“Matt Robinson, a recent graduate of RAM, is rapidly making his presence felt on the UK scene.” – Lance, Bebop Spoken Here
“Robinson is also an impressive composer and this fact allied to the quality of his performance on this album suggests that he has a very bright future ahead of him.” – Ian Mann, The Jazz Mann
“The long Mehldau-like piano intro to the graceful For Anya highlights resourceful young pianist Matt Robinson’s spontaneity” – John Fordham, The Guardian
Matt wil be joined by Andrew Robb on the Bass:
Andrew Robb was born in and grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland. He started learning double bass at the age of seven and became immersed in classical and jazz music. Equally versatile in both styles he has just completed his undergraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Since commencing his studies he won The BBC Radio Scotland Young Jazz Musician of the Year in 2009 and has performed several times on BBC Radio Three and Radio Scotland as a leader and as a sideman.
As a performer Andrew has been fortunate enough to have performed with international artists such Jazz Messengers trumpeter Valery Ponomarev, New York pianist David Berkman, vibraphone and marimba virtuoso Arthur Lipner, Saxophone stars Peter Ehwald, Tommy Smith and Tim Garland, top Hammond organist Tony Monaco and Norwegian double bass phenomenon Arild Andersen.