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Matthew Ruddick

Author of Funny Valentine, an acclaimed new biography of the jazz trumpet player and singer, Chet Baker.
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Matthew Ruddick

Matthew Ruddick MATTHEW RUDDICK is the author of Funny Valentine, an acclaimed new biography of the jazz trumpet player and singer, Chet Baker. 

Over the last few years, he was a regular music critic for a variety of publications, including HK-listings magazine Beats, and the author of Music On The Move, a music column in Escape travel magazine. 

Born in England, Matthew has been living in Hong Kong for eight years, and works in the finance industry.

Saturday, 09 October 2021 18:10

Jo Harrop - The Heart Wants

Singer returns with a stunning self-penned solo album.
Saturday, 17 July 2021 01:00

Twospeak - Reflector

Saxophonist Ronan Perrett's Twospeak combine jazz, world music and angular indie-rock on their unique debut.
Brian Jackson is an American keyboardist, flautist, singer, composer and producer known for his collaborations with Gil Scott-Heron in the 1970s. The sound of Jackson's Rhodes electric piano and flute accompaniments featured prominently in many of their compositions, most notably on The Bottle and Your Daddy Loves You from their first official collaboration Winter in America. Brian Jackson JID008 is his first full album in twenty years, and was released in June 2021.
Saturday, 19 June 2021 01:21

Beverley Beirne - Dream Dancer

Impressive third album by singer Beverley Beirne.
Saturday, 05 June 2021 17:12

Joao Donato JID007: Jazz Is Dead

Busy bossa on JID007.
Sunday, 30 May 2021 17:38

GG - Sketches From Eden

Summer soul sounds from GG and Co.
Jazz meets electronica on 2.0, The Remixes.
Stunning minimalist collaboration delivers on its Promises.
Singer Esther Bennett and pianist Terence Collie team up for a very personal project.
As a passionate and dedicated jazz musician married to a drummer, I welcomed the opportunity to celebrate the tenth International Jazz Day by delving deeper into the world of a drummer I have followed for many years and for whom I have the greatest respect and admiration. Her achievements speak for themselves and are great testament to her ability and wide-ranging drumming styles together with an easy-going approach to her work. From early days performing on the Bristol jazz scene with the likes of Andy Sheppard, Pee Wee Ellis and Get the Blessing, to recording the original soundtrack for Peaky Blinders with recording project Feverist, forming alternative genre band Mesadorm with a group of friends, designing and performing drum clinics based around playing ‘grooves’ and performing world tours with the likes of Paloma Faith and Goldfrapp, the world of drummer Daisy Palmer is fascinating, inspiring, full of variety and all centred around family life. (Interview by Kim Cypher)  
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