About Richard

Graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music Manchester and here also received a professional performance diploma with distinction. Next I moved to London, where I still live, to complete a post graduate diploma at the National Centre for Orchestral studies, Goldsmiths college.

I was a brass finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year programme 1982. Later I went on to become a member of the National Youth Jazz orchestra GB and the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, London.

After completing my studies I began freelancing with some of the London professional and freelance orchestras and West End musical productions. However, my love of ‘rare grooves’, RnB soul and Jazz funk music, jazz and big bands led me to many of the rich and varied London based contemporary Jazz ensembles and big bands of the time. These included groups like the BBC Radio Big Band, the Glenn Miller Orchestra UK, the Jazz Warriors, Loose tubes and then later the London Jazz orchestra (of which I’m still a member albeit with a 10 year gap), delightful precipice 1991 -1996 and even Jools Holland’s Hootenanny.

Sometime in 1994 I got a call to deputise in Andy Sheppard’s band ‘big commotion’. Ashely Slater, bass trombonist was taken ill suddenly that day and I was asked to make my way urgently to the Barbican for a sound check beginning in 3 hours for a gig that evening. This was the first time I ever played in this band. Not only did I have to sight read the pad with a packed Barbican audience, this was to be the first of many performances with the great Gary Valente, the other trombonist in the band. It was of course another first meeting of many with one of Britain’s most well known international Tenor Saxophonist Andy Sheppard.

During 1994 I performed in a joint collaboration between Hermeto Pascoal’s Brazilian band and a scratch UK Big band featuring arguably some of the UK's finest jazz musicians of the time. It turned out to be the first of 3 such events at the London Jazz Festival, spanning a 17 year period. The last collaboration was in 2011. I’ve been fortunate enough to perform in all three concerts. Click on the link to hear Apresentacao live 1994.

In 1994 Julian Joseph All Star Big Band was put together. The Rollins brothers, Dennis & Winston and myself completed the trombone section. 1995 saw the band feature live in what was one of the first jazz acts to feature in a late night prom at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Soon after this period I got asked to tour Europe and America with the legendary George Russell and the Living Time Orchestra. The other trombonist this time was the legendary Dave Bargeron of Blood Sweat and Tears. We recorded two albums ‘It’s About Time’ 1996 and George Russell 80th Birthday concert live 2003.

Between 1995 and 2011 I have been a regular member of Carla Bley’s big band when touring Europe. I’ve had the pleasure of recording on two of the 3 big band albums Carla recorded during this time. ‘The Carla Bley Big Band Goes to Church’ 1996 and ‘Appearing Nightly’ 2008.

I’m a member of the London Jazz Orchestra, Back to Basie Orchestra and The Hkippers - described as ‘music at the fun end of the cutting edge’ The Gaurdian.

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