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charles alexander and andy robinson

charles alexander and andy robinsonGuitarists Charles Alexander and Andy Robinson bring a diversity of musical interests and performing, arranging and writing skills to their guitar duo. Their music – at times intimate and meditative, at others passionate and joyful –centres on jazz but also draws on other genres.

Charles began his musical career as a jazz guitarist in Edinburgh and also ran the university's jazz club. For several years he was director of the Jazz Centre Society in London and is now the proprietor of Jazzwise magazine. He is one of the leading jazz guitarists on the London scene, has presented many programmes on BBC radio and is author of the book Masters of Jazz Guitar (Balafon, 1999).

Andy came to the guitar relatively late at 22, having already played trombone and tuba for several years. Settling in London, he quickly established a big reputation as a creative jazz player and versatile session musician. Andy is mainly to be heard playing his Manson seven-string guitar, although he may be spotted from time to time reinforcing a Salsa band's trombone section. He is in demand as a theatre musician and is also author of the music software package Transcribe!

The highly talented duo have gigged together regularly over 20 years and have established a very strong identity with a lively jazz performance style. Their repertoire extends from Django Reinhardt to Chick Corea, from Wes Montgomery to David Grisman, and from Tom Jobim to Pat Metheny with a sprinkling of originals from Charles' pen. Charles and Andy have performed at all but one of our festivals and always go down very well.