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07/29/10    Albums

Andy Atwill - 3 Sides of the Same Coin - CD Review

Andy Atwill's new CD release "3 Sides of the Same Coin" is to my ears probably the finest New Zealand jazz release of the past decade.

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Jazz Radio Show host - "It's A Jazz Thing" on UK Jazz Radio.

Mark hails from Slough, just west of London (yes it's where The Office was based, but he assures us he's not in any way related to David Brent ). Mark began tuning into classic soul/funk/jazz shows that could be heard in The Home Counties from the late 1970's onwards. Influenced by early pirate radio stations such as SOLAR (Sound Of London Alternative Radio), Invicta, Horizon, Radio London and many more that he can't remember, he began spending his hard earned pocket money on precious black vinyl. Soon Mark was to be seen (with several other Soul Boys) on dance floors around Britain at many of the now legendary Soul Weekenders (Prestatyn, Southport, Caister, Barry Island, Bognor Regis), but due to extensive & excessive lager consumption many of the sessions are now but blurred & fading memories.... Always the one with the beat box in hand, loaded with hastily recorded cassette tapes made up from a selection of pirate stations - Mark was a future dj waiting for a radio opportunity. Fast forward & jazz became his dominant dance floor selection, but Mark had been banished by the Soul Boys to the back corner of the pub. Mark relocated to Auckland in 1997 where he has a hectic life, juggling the demands of earning a living, and pursuing his passions, which apart from jazz include: Kerouac, mountain biking and drinking red wine and playing guitar. Since moving to Auckland Mark has presented weekly Jazz Shows on nation wide radio stations since 2005. Mark was program director and playlist generator (using his collection of some 25,000 mp3 files) cleaner, tea-maker, engineer and technician of internet radio station “George Jazz”. Mark has been involved with the Queenstown Jazz Festival since 2005 as musical advisor, MC and radio show host. Mark sends his playlists out each week so if you'd like to get a copy please email him at

mark robbo joined the JazzTimes community on Jul 29, 2010