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Matthew Ruddick

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Author of Funny Valentine, an acclaimed new biography of the jazz trumpet player and singer, Chet Baker.
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Without a doubt, Leo Richardson is widely recognised to be one of London's leading Jazz Tenor Saxophonists, best known for his honest, straight-ahead, contemporary hard-bop style. His most significant influences include John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Dexter Gordon, Horace Silver and Art Blakey. Leo’s quartet consists of killer artists who are all standouts in their own right. Rick Simpson, winner of the Yamaha Scholarship Prize for Outstanding Jazz Musicians, resides on piano. Mark Lewandowski, one of the most sought-after young musicians of his generation, drives a hugely vibrant, powerful double bass. And, in keeping with the talent in this line-up, the exceedingly diverse Ed Richardson rounds things off on drums. In 2017, The Leo Richardson Quartet will be touring the UK in November-December, in support of their debut album, The Chase, on Ubuntu Music.

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Saturday, 12 November 2016 04:47

Chet Baker - Live In London

Chet Baker recording from 1983 finally sees the light of day.

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Jim Richardson is an English jazz bassist and session musician. An original member of pioneering British jazz-rock band, If (1969–1973), he went on to undertake session and studio work. Around 1975–76 he was also a member of Pip Pyle's The Weightwatchers, with Elton Dean and Keith Tippett and leading his own group, Jim Richardson's Pogo Revisited which also featured Alan Barnes. In the late 1970s, his quartet featured Bobby Wellins. In the mid-1980s he re-united with former if band member Dick Morrissey in the jazz-funk band Morrissey–Mullen, before returning to a more straight-ahead jazz approach. Some of the jazz musicians Richardson worked with were Dexter Gordon and Chet Baker.   Quentin Collins has established himself as one of Europe's top jazz/commercial trumpeters, having worked with a plethora of internationally renown artists across many genres.In 2007, Quentin released his debut solo album, If Not Now, Then When?, on SunlightSquare Records to much critical acclaim. MOJO magazine, which voted the record one of its Top Ten jazz albums of 2007, said, "superb debut from a trumpeter whose style is an update of the Morgan/Hubbard approach." Quentin currently co-leads QCBA, a Hammond-organ quartet with tenor sax titan Brandon Allen.

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