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Robson, Andrew (John Hunter)

Robson, Andrew (John Hunter), alto, soprano saxophones; b. Canberra, Australia, 20 December 1969.

After graduating from the Canberra Institute of the Arts in 1991 with a post graduate degree in performance, alto saxophonist and composer Andrew Robson set his sights on New York where he studied with some of the world's most celebrated saxophonists including David Liebman and Steve Coleman. Andrew has returned to Canberra periodically to perform and to complete his Masters (music), which he received from the Australian National University in 1997. From 1992 to 1997, Robson featured as a member of the Grandmasters, a groove band led by the legendary soul funk guru Jackie Orszaczky. With Jackie, Andrew twice toured Europe performing at concerts and festivals in Hungary, Austria Germany and Holland. In 1997 Robson joined the internationally acclaimed folk/world music group Mara and embarked on an extensive international tour. This tour included concert performances at Womad in Reading (UK), numerous performances in Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium and a number of festival appearances in Canada. He remains a featured soloist with Mara and tours internationally with the group on a regular basis. He formed his first trio around 1992, accompanied only by bass and drums, and playing his own compositions almost exclusively. Inevitably, Robson found it hard to get many commercial jobs for his unusual trio, and has since proved himself in such diverse bands as Primal Voices, Banana, The Sandy Evans Group, The Umbrellas, Mara!, Alison's Wonderland, Bu Baca, The Original Otto Orchestra and various Jackie Orszaczky projects, including Hungarian Rap Sadists, Imperial Orthodogs and the Grandmasters. Robson has also appeared as a prominently featured soloist with visiting international artists Jon 'King' Cleary and Cornell Dupree. He has played at venues and festivals throughout Australia and has toured Hungary, Austria and Germany with Orszaczky's Grandmasters. The current Andrew Robson Trio was formed in 1993 and features regularly in the prestigious Sydney Improvised Music Association's programme at venues including the Strawberry Hills Hotel and The Lyric Theatre. The philosophy of the group being to play original jazz compositions, with a strong emphasis on improvisation allowing much individual freedom.  The Andrew Robson Trio consists of Andrew Robson - alto saxophone, Steve Elphick - acoustic bass, and Hamish Stuart - drums.  In 1997, they made appearances at the Manly Jazz Festival and Australia' premiere jazz event the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues.

Recordings:
Scrum (1997); Sunman (2000)
As sideperson:
Jackie Orszaczky: Family Lore, 100%, Deep Down and Out

Awards:
Winner of the 2003 Freedman Jazz Fellowship
2000 release of Sunman (Rufus) received the ARIA Award for Jazz Recording of the Year.

Contact information:
3/295 Victoria Place
Drummoyne NSW 2047 Australia.
AND c/o Jane March
612 9938 2180 T/F  
march@ozemail.com.au

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