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Griffanzo / Press

“Twice yearly I hold a retreat for about 50 people in Northern California’s Wine Country. On Sunday evening Griffanzo is featured as our wickedly magical vocalist, lyricist and pianist. He brings to our tribe original music, a strong, impassioned voice, and a presence that commands attention. He flirts with the audience, is both reverent and irreverent and often engages his audience by inviting them to participate. Griffanzo has a way of putting everyone at ease with his warmth, sense of play and ready invitation. There’s no one more colorful or lyrical; he makes naughty nice. I hope that he never says no when I ask him to come out. I might have to fly to North Carolina and beg him on my knees if he did. So far, I’m very lucky. Keeping my fingers crossed. Joyce ---- Offering Insight, Laughter, Hope & Practical Tools for Happiness Certified Evolutionary Astrologer”

“BUSY ZIPPER “Three of Whalen’s Zippers band mates show up to support, bolstered by superlative ivory work from Robert Griffin.” june 15, 1999”

David Menconi - New and Observer

““Robert Griffin is one of the most joyous musicians I have ever had the pleasure of playing with.  As a soloist he takes me to the moon.  As a part of the rhythm section he drags me down the greasy streets of New Orleans.  All to my delight.  On his newest CD, "Aint My Kinda Strange",  he finds his way to the humor, sweetness and sorrow that makes life and music such a vexingly grand experience.  Sweet and sour soup, served up with amazing musical delivery.  Check it out.  I dare you”. Chris Phillips, drummer for Squirrel Nut Zippers”


"Robert Griffin is one of my main "go to" guys when it comes to hiring a session player for my recording projects.  He always comes up with the most memorable parts, and can instantly adapt to whatever crazy thing I throw at him.  He's made my productions sound great, and made me look good for years!" John Plymale, record producer

“In Spare Music, Griffanzo spins his “Strange” stories Triangle pianist and singer Robert Griffin (alias Griffanzo) is a lyricist in the mode of Mose Allison, Dr. John, and Tom Waits, meaning that his musical stories are full of irony, social and political commentary and bizarre fun. “Ain’t My Kinda Strange” (Griffanzo), which includes eight of his originals, finds him in full flower on all counts, assisted by local band mates Don Gladstone (bass), Frank Worrell (drum), Ray Codrington (trumpet), Rodney Marsh (tenor saxophone), Carter Minor (harmonica and backup vocals) and several guest. Griffin, Gladstone and Worrell lay down a bluesy, elemental foundation, and the pianist’s solos run on the spare, barebones bebop side (the title cut and “Girl #0024) except when he admits in more romantic moonlight (“Fred Was Here”). Codrington offers several bebopish solos, each a gem of phrasing, poise and emotional lure. ”