Alexander / Robinson Guitar Duo

The Alexander / Robinson Guitar Duo - Biographies

THE ALEXANDER / ROBINSON GUITAR DUO - a brief history

Guitarists Charles Alexander and Andy Robinson first started playing together in a six piece dance band, more years ago than they care to remember. Charles and Andy began to rehearse together regularly, for their own enjoyment, exploring a wide range of music and arranging some of this for the two guitars. They then began to gig around London. Several years and hundreds of gigs later, the Alexander/Robinson Guitar Duo has established a strong identity with a wide repertoire that extends from Django Reinhardt to Chick Corea, from Wes Montgomery to Bill Evans, from Abdullah Ibrahim to David Grisman, and from Tom Jobim to Pat Metheny. Both Andy and Charles continue to arrange for the Duo and Charles has also contributed several compositions including Freddy's Calypso and Waltz For Zoë.

Their debut CD Comparing Notes was released on the 33 Jazz label in January 2005.

CHARLES ALEXANDER

Charles Alexander began his musical career as a jazz guitarist in Edinburgh and also ran the Edinburgh University Jazz Club. From 1973, for nine years, he was Director of the Jazz Centre Society in London, producing hundreds of jazz events ranging from weekly jazz club events to full scale jazz festivals such as the Camden Jazz Week. Since 1982 he has concentrated on his own musical activities as one of the leading jazz guitarists on the London scene. A committed jazz educator; he is Jazz Guitar Tutor at Richmond Adult and Community College. In 1984 Charles founded Jazzwise Publications (now called SendMeMusic), which distributes jazz music instructional books, software and DVDs. He organises the annual Jazzwise Summer School with Jamey Aebersold in Richmond, Surrey.

As a radio broadcaster, he presented seven series of BBC Radio 2's Six Silver Strings programmes and in 1994 he wrote and presented the 12-part series The Guitar in Jazz for BBC Radio 3. In 1999 his book "Masters of Jazz Guitar" was published by Balafon Books and he has co-authored two books with Nick Freeth - "The Acoustic Guitar" and "The Electric Guitar". Recent CDs include "When Lights Are Low" (Deep River Records) and "A Handful of Stars" (33 Jazz), both with saxophonist Jeffrey Benson.

ANDY ROBINSON

Andy Robinson came to the guitar relatively late, having previously played trombone, tuba and ukulele for several years. He has a varied career on the London music scene including all kinds of gigs, cruise ships, recording sessions from Spot the Dog to the Super Furry Animals, and theatre work in London's West End, the Globe Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre etc. He also writes and arranges for jazz big band.

In a jazz setting Andy is mainly to be heard playing his custom made Manson seven-string guitar (it has an extra bass string).

Andy is also a music software designer and is the author of Transcribe! from Seventh String Software. This package assists musicians in the process of transcribing music from recordings and is used by thousands of musicians world-wide, including many leading jazz artists.