AUGUST 11th – LIONEL ROBINSON
4.30pm till 6.30pm – ADMISSION $10 – INCLUDES COMPLIMENTARY GLASS OF WINE
Singer / pianist Lionel Robinson comes from London, where he reckons to have played most of the music venues from Ronnie Scott’s to the Hammersmith Odeon.
Since he began his professional career as the resident pianist in Elton John’s restaurant, “Friends”, Lionel has toured extensively in the UK & Europe and even played for several members of the Royal Family. He has a style of his own. The sound he describes as “a blend of cocktail jazz and Latin lounge, definitely very sixties. ”Lionel combines original material with cool classics from the likes of Sinatra, Bacharach and Jobim.
Since coming to Australia 22 years ago his engaging style and easy rapport with audiences have earned him residencies and return engagements at numerous venues including the Sheraton Mirage (Port Douglas), Kingfisher Bay (Fraser Island), the Ritz-Carlton Osaka (Japan), Pinetrees (Lord Howe Island), the Intercontinental, the Sheraton on the Park, the Park Hyatt, the Basement, Star City, Café Sydney as well as countless Jazz Festivals like Manly & Thredbo.
Lionel’s latest album, “Polar Bears in the Snow”, is a collection of originals & covers dear to his heart, with a distinctly Latin flavour. At a gig of Lionel’s last year, legendary composer Paul Williams complimented him on his songwriting, adding “If I had a voice like that I’d have had a recording career!”
“Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” – Confucius