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Orphy Robinson MBE

Orphy Robinson, MBE

Orphy is chair of the Watford Jazz Junction.

He is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist & composer. He is one of the few UK musicians to have been signed to the legendary Blue Note jazz record label .


In 2018 he was awarded an MBE for music services. In a career spanning more than 40 years, he has played or been featured on over 100 recordings, these include numerous celebrated albums.

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Orphy regularly performs with internationally acclaimed artists. These have included violinists Nigel Kennedy, Thurston Moore, Joss Stone, Robert Plant, Robert Wyatt, Hugh Masekela. He has also composed for film & television.

He is committed to supporting the infrastructures and organisations enabling musicians and live music to flourish.

Positions held:

  • Deputy Chair Board of Directors, The Ivors Academy

  • Chair of Ivors Academy Jazz + Council & Membership Committee

  • Trustee - ECSA-  European Composers & Songwriters Alliance

  • Chair ECF Committee ECSA -  European Composers & Songwriters Alliance

  • Vice Chair Jazz Promotion Network

  • Trustee National Jazz Archives 

  • Trustee Black Lives in Music

  • Ambassador for the Music for All charity

  • Patron of The Jazz Centre UK

Recent awards & nominations: 

  • 2022 Paul Hamlyn Composer Award Winner 

  • 2022 Nomination Best Jazz Ensemble: The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group

  • 2020 Winner Jazz FM Gold Award

  • 2019 Jazz FM Nomination Innovation Award: 'Orphy Robinson – Freedom: The Art of Improvisation Sessions' at The Vortex

  • 2019 Jazz FM Nomination Live Experience of the Year: 'Orphy Robinson presents Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks Tour'

  • 2018 Jazz FM Nomination Jazz Innovation of the Year: 'Producer of Carleen Anderson's Cage Street Memorial album'

  • 2017 Winner Jazz FM 'Live Experience of the Year' Award: 'The Bobby Hutcherson Songbook'

  • 2016 Jazz FM Nomination Jazz Innovation Award: 'Black Top'

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