Jazz in Brighton #8: Robohands

No one can deny the irrepressible force of British jazz music right now, as an abundance of artists are bursting out of London and elsewhere, bringing a once slept-on genre to the masses at festivals and shows.

And our own city of Brighton is getting a piece it over the next few months, with the likes of Joe-Armon Jones, Yussef Dayes, Yazmin Lacey and Ezra Collective passing through our seagull-heavy town. We’re looking to do our best to cover it on the magazine front, but you’d all be wise to get yourself down to shows arranged by the likes of One Inch Badge, Mr Bongo and Patterns.


After a very short jazz break upstairs in Patterns, during which our own ISSUE TWO LAUNCH PARTY caused something of a ruckus, the smoothness returns with Mr Bongo’s Jazz Club falling into the capable, robotic hands of Robohands.

The London-based artist, this year, put out Village Live Records’ debut jazz EP. Green is calming and ambient, so expect something very different to what some may have seen in Patterns’ basement when Ezra Collective came through. This will truly be a jazz club vibe, as a crowd will be ushered out of the fierce seafront winds and into the cosy, idyllic company of Andy Baxter and his band.

A multi-instrumentalist, piano sketches intertwine with varied percussion on Green, a release we featured in our Music of the Month back in May. Summer was just blossoming then and now, in colder, bleaker climates, the record has aged well and been given an all new meaning as we long for such sunshine again.

The show on Thursday will be only Robohands’ second live experience, following up an almighty debut at none other than Camden Town’s Jazz Cafe. Tickets are still available and should be right up until the night begins – get down early for prime viewing, as Robohands looks to captivate this crowd like Yazmin Lacey before he.

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