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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.

Vocalist, harpist and composer Tara Minton has recently released her brilliant album Two For The Road with bassist Ed Babar and is busy touring the world and soaking in some incredible reviews. Based in London, she is currently in her hometown Melbourne, Australia preparing for some exciting performances and it was a great pleasure to catch up with her while she was there. Interview by Fiona Ross.
Thursday, 14 April 2022 17:16

James Kitchman - First Quartet

Elana Shapiro reviews guitarist James Kitchman's excellent new album.
Friday, 01 April 2022 22:05

Omar and QCBA - Live at Last

Nothing like this, says Elana Shapiro.
Brandon Allen doesn't mess with Mr. T.
Personal insights into the life of Danish free jazz saxophonist John Tchicai.
Saturday, 05 March 2022 21:06

Mark Wade Trio - True Stories

Excellent True Stories from Mark Wade and his Trio.
Tuesday, 15 February 2022 12:04

Wendy Kirkland – Latin Lowdown Live

Latin Lockdown set free at last
Harp and bass duo delight on Two For The Road.
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.
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