Orphy Robinson is an award-winning Vibraphonist and multi-instrumentalist,an acclaimed soloist
who consistently works across a variety of eclectic musical forms (e.g. jazz, free jazz, free improvisation, jazz fusion, and funk music. Orphy (an in demand and versatile composer) has
written music for television, Film, Theatre, Opera and contemporary Classical music.
He released two critically acclaimed solo albums on the famous Blue Note label in the 1990s,
“When Tomorrow Comes” and “The Vibes Describes”. He has also toured or appeared with
many artists including David Murray, Don Cherry, John Tchicai, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis,
Hugh Masekela, Louis Moholo, Nana Vasconcelos, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Wadada Leo Smith,
Andy Sheppard, Evan Parker, Butch Morris, Springheel Jack, Sunny Murray, Savanna,
Neneh Cherry, Hugh Hopper, Robert Wyatt. Beggar & Co, Working Week, Carleen Anderson,
Mica Paris, Josh Stone & Carleen Anderson who has shared Producer duties with for her new
album “Cage Street Memorial”.
Audiences discovered his playing when he first toured with saxophonist Courtney Pine and
appeared on his breakthrough album “Journey to the Urge within” he was an original member
of the seminal 1980s big band “The Jazz Warriors.” Orphy was also a founder member of the
Brit Funk Band Savanna. He is a on the board of Directors for the re – formed organisation of
the iconic ‘Jazz Warriors International.’ now called ‘Warriors international’.
2009 saw several albums featuring Orphy as a Guest soloist, these included “No now is so! by
the Alexander Hawkins ensemble, “Out of office” by the “Burn out Mama” band from Finland,
he also featured on further albums by Louis Moholo, Leee John and Beggar & Co.
Orphy’s continued work in Education was recognised nationally with a nomination for Jazz
Educator of the year at the All party Parliamentary Jazz Awards. He was also invited to become
the Musical Director of a newly formed large scale Ensemble based at The Roundhouse working
with drummer Nick Mason of Pink Floyd started in the later part of 2009.