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Co-leader of the band (with ZoŽ), Rob is originally from a blues
background. He since made his name on the British jazz scene, having
performed with Jim Mullen, Django Bates, Bill Bruford, Tim Garland, Dave
O'Higgins, Aynsley Dunbar and Sue Hawker.
He has appeared on television in The Old Grey Whistle Test, The James Whale
Show and Good Morning Australia and in festivals in Brecon, the Isle of
Wight, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Jersey and many more. Rob has been described as
one of the most prolific writers of quality jazz songs with collaboration
from vocalists Zoe Schwarz and Sue Hawker. Here with Blue Commotion Rob and
Zoe write 90% of the material they record and perform.
Performing Arts degree from Middlesex University. ZoŽ has headlined at Ronnie Scott's, The Vortex, Dean Street, and at festivals all over the UK. She has performed with an extraordinarily wide range of musicians including Harrison Birtwistle, Emma Kirkby, Scott Stroman and Keith Tippett. A relatively new comer to the blues, but this is clearly her comfort zone here: "whose voice was simply breathtaking and full of emotion. If blues fans want an easy reference point Iíd say Beth Hart".
Si was found in a swamp in the mid '80s, and answered only to the name Elias. Now almost fully recovered, he has mastered several words in the English language and his care worker is pleased with his progress. When not playing the harmonica he enjoys stealing fast cars. He once met Larry Adler and can burp the alphabet.
London-based jazz organist Pete Whittaker became fascinated with the Hammond organ after hearing the classic 1960s jazz recordings by the likes of Jimmy Smith, Richard "Groove" Holmes, and Jack McDuff. After a few years touring the western world with rock bands, Pete has in recent times been involved with several jazz projects, principally with ace British jazz guitarist Nigel Price's Organ Trio. Other recent projects include UK saxophonist Theo Travis' "Double Talk" and legendary guitarist John Etheridge's "Blue Spirits".
Paul has played with Jan Hammer, The Art Of Noise, Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, Pet Shop Boys! How about Dianne Reeves, Patti Austin & Liz Wright and many many more
This is a snippet from Paul's hugely interesting and extensive biography which can be found at www.paulrobinsondrummeronline.com
1984 ďI received a call from Martin Drew, Martin was the house drummer at
Ronnie Scotts Club in London. He had started a 2-week engagement with Nina
Simone when he received a call from Oscar Peterson, (one of Martin's other
gigs) so off he went, booking me to complete the following 8 or 9 days. When
the gig was over I thought that was it! How wrong can one be!! That was
actually the start of a gig & relationship that would dominate the next 19
years of my life!Ē remembers Paul.
Rodney was inspired to play electric bass aged fourteen after watching a performance of erstwhile Blockhead Norman Watt-Roy in Wilko Johnsonís RíníB band.
Citing Norman, Gary Willis and Anthony Jackson as his influences, he has excellent experience playing both blues and jazz, and has performed with Chris Batchelor, Bruce Adams and Don Weller. His blues credentials include gigs with boogie piano maestros Ben Waters and Paddy Milner, and Southend guitar slinger Steve Hooker.
He is currently performing with the Jon Lloyd Quintet featuring Jon Law and Asaf Sirkis. Having played in several projects with Rob and Zoe over the last fifteen years, Rodney is looking forward to performing the exciting, groove laden originals of Blue Commotion.