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Winner of ‘Jazz CD Of The Year’ in the 2015 Parliamentary Jazz Awards for Partisans – ‘Swamp’.

Winner of ‘Jazz Musician Of The Year’ in the 2009 Parliamentary Jazz Awards
Phil Robson’s inventiveness
on the guitar is unstoppable...

The Telegraph


This is the website of guitarist|composer|educator Phil Robson.

Recent highlights included my latest major work 'IRIS'. This was a collaboration with pianist Izumi Kimura and visual artist Jaki Irvine for the 'Resonate' scheme, created by Music Network. As part of this, we were in residence at the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny over different periods in The Autumn, culminating in a performance in late November. It was also a thrill around that time to work with the great pianist/composer Nikki Iles and the NDR Big Band in both Germany and London. Another high-point of 2023 was Christine Tobin's CD release tour of 'Returning Weather' in March, plus her London Jazz Fest concert at World Heart Beat.

So far in 2024 I've been mostly doing lots of duo concerts with Christine around Ireland which is ongoing amonst lots of other things. The Phil Robson Organ Trio will be doing a major tour in May/June 2023, see all dates in the live section.

You can follow what big things are coming up in my 'News' section.

Thanks for stopping by!

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To hear my 'Partisans' back catalogue on Whirlwind:

To hear my solo albums and 'Partisans' back catalogue recorded for  Babel:

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'I've Never Been In Love Before' - the 55 Bar NYC with James Genus & Clarence Penn
The Immeasurable Code - promo vid
Promo Video for Portrait in Extreme
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"Robson performs impeccably throughout, whether he's contributing chordal washes in support, or taking the spotlight for some intricate, fluid solos of his own." AllAboutJazz

Phil Robson is a UK born, multi-award-winning guitarist & composer who was a seminal part of the London scene for many years before relocating to New York City in 2015 for five years. He is now based in Co. Roscommon, Ireland. He has led bands featuring jazz legends such as David Liebman, Mark Turner, Billy Hart, James Genus, Marc Copland & many more as well as working as a freelance musician with a huge cross spectrum of internationally renowned artists such as Kenny Wheeler, Barbra Streisand, Steve Lacy, Vince Mendoza, Donny McCaslin, Django Bates, The BBC Big Band, Ingrid Jenson, Phil Woods, Mike Gibbs, Bob Brookmeyer, Steve Wilson Maceo Parker, etc.


In Europe he is renowned as the co-leader of the cult UK band ‘Partisans’ with

saxophonist Julian Siegel which ran for 23 years as well as for his work with his partner, the great singer/songwriter Christine Tobin.


In New York he is best known for his collaboration with the master saxophonist/composer Jed Levy.


He's also a 'Babel Label', 'Whirlwind Recordings' and ‘Lyte Records’ recording artist with highly acclaimed albums who performs at major venues and festivals around the world as well as being a renowned educator who is an honorary ARAM (Associate of the Royal Academy of Music) in London.

Phil plays Case Guitars

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What people say

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From Musicians


“Phil Robson is one of the best guitar players in the world today. His musical ideas flow continually and with a seamless logic. His technique is flawless and is in service to his fertile imagination. One of my favorites and a source of inspiration! Don’t miss an opportunity to hear this modern giant!!” Peter Bernstein

“Phil Robson is one of New York’s most brilliant Jazz Guitarists!” Vic Juris

“Phil Robson is the real deal: swinging, melodic, contemporary – he’s a master of great voicings and modern linear phrasing! You’re going to dig what he has to share with you!” Sheryl Bailey

“Phil is a wonderful guitarist and composer, definitely a unique player. We had a ball…”

David Liebman

“Phil Robson is a disturbingly good jazz guitarist!” Wayne Krantz

Press Quotes

“Phil Robson’s music, on a first hearing, always gives me that feeling I haven’t yet heard right the way through it to the other side. Yes, there are moments of beauty, external allure, yes there is variety. But there is also a depth which brings one back wanting to revisit, to hear more and more….. I can only describe this group as unmissable.”

“…and the bandleader unleashed his secret weapon of the evening – one Phil Robson on guitar…. Robson supplied another incredibly inventive guitar solo that really got stuck into the DNA of the tune…” London Jazz Review of Gareth Lockrane big band at Ronnie Scott’s.

“Each of the musicians seems to relish every note of Robson’s compositions, responding to the guitarist’s ideas with some inspired playing and eagerly grasping the opportunities for improvisation.” Bruce Lindsay,

“Every number is elegantly developed by Robson. His probing streams of consciousness touch corners of the jazz mind lesser guitarists cannot reach.” **** 4 Stars, ‘The Immeasurable Code’, CD of the Week, Evening Standard.

“Those who look for substance in the maturing Brit Jazz renaissance need look no further than this many textured outing which reveals Robson not only as guitarist, but even more pertinently as an accomplished writer. The roots for this music go deep…this is music to return to time and again.” Jazzwise **** review of ‘The Immeasurable Code

“Robson performs impeccably throughout, whether he’s contributing chordal washes in support of Lockrane or Turner, or taking the spotlight for some intricate, fluid solos of his own.” AllAboutJazz review of ‘The Immeasurable Code’.

“British jazz guitarist Robson is no stranger to transatlantic partnerships, but this one with the understatedly persuasive American postbop saxophonist Mark Turner – a recording caught live on tour this year – might be the best of them. The quintet mix rhythmically devious originals, a world-jazzy idiomatic openness, and a rare chance to hear Turner cut loose on soprano sax.”

The Guardian newspaper

“But the sensation of the festival was guitarist Phil Robson’s Six Strings and the Beat project, for guitar trio and string quartet. This inspired crossover is a real achievement for Robson and should go down among the year’s jazz landmarks.”
John Fordham – The Guardian newspaper ****

“Robson is a top-class soloist but is also capable of remarkably sophisticated writing for string quartet, voice and rhythm section.”
From Evening Standard **** review of ‘6 Strings & The Beat’

“One of the most exciting all star experimental groups in Jazz today” BBC Radio 3 ‘Jazz Line Up’ RE ‘Partisans’

“Partisans were the highlight of the festival, jazz that makes you blink in its glare” John Fordham, The Guardian, Cheltenham Jazz festival



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