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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, 15 January 2022 21:30

Various Artists - British Standard Time

The Great British Songbook, by some great British artists.
Bulgarian jazz vocalist, band leader and composer Ami Oprenova kicked off a UK album tour at London jazz venue Toulouse Lautrec on Sunday 26th September, presenting arrangements of original tracks from her new album ‘Precious Days’, released on 5th November. Ami has previously toured Europe and has two albums under her belt: Introducing Coco ‘n’ the Fellas (2016) and Some of our Favourite Tunes (2017). Precious Days is the first album in her own name and really gives a true sense of the honesty and passion behind this unique artist, almost a window into the soul of Ami. Her music is full of lyrical melodies, harmonic language and versatile rhythms influenced by Gypsy Swing, Blues and Bebop together with her childhood upbringing of listening to Soul, Balkan Folk and Gospel. Interview by Kim Cypher.
Friday, 12 November 2021 17:58

Lauren Bush - Dream Away

Impressive second from Canadian jazz vocalist.
Kind Of Jazz, in association with Women In Jazz Media, are proud to sponsor ISQ's show on 20 November at the EFG London Jazz Festival, as part of their Women That Inspire series of concerts. Here with interview singer and bandleader, Irene Serra, about what we can expect to hear, and several new projects for the year ahead.
Saturday, 30 October 2021 02:59

Hannah Horton - Inside Out

Saxophonist impresses on her sophomore album.
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.
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