Bio

Based in London, Richard can be seen performing in a variety of contexts on the jazz, folk and pop scene and has earned a reputation as a creative and flexible musician.

 

The Richard Rozze Group features Paul Booth, Malcolm Edmonstone, Dave Whitford and Andrew Bain.  Richard’s debut album ‘Learning To Fly was released by  ‘Pathway Records’ in November 2014.  With this group Richard showcases  his original compositions,  embracing Jazz, Blues and the songs of the great ‘tunesmiths.’ Richard’s arrangement of Jimmy Webb’s ‘Wichita Lineman’ was featured on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Line – Up Show. The album features quintet and quartet performances as well as two duo performances by Richard and saxophonist Paul Booth : a free improvisation ( ‘Closure’ ) and a free interpretation of Miles Davis’ ‘Solar.’

 

Richard’s ‘Open Water’ sees Richard as vocalist and guitarist as well as playing mandolin, dobro and banjo. Richard also composes songs for this ensemble, inspired by the great ‘Tunesmiths.’

 

Richard has worked alongside musicians of many genres including,  Paul Booth (saxophone) Brian Hanlon (singer/ songwriter) Dana Gillespie (vocals), Jeremy Peynton Jones (composer), Derek Nash (saxophone) Trevor Tomkins (drums), Tim Edey (multi – instrumentalist)

 

Richard is a former Graduate of London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he studied a Masters in Jazz. He currently teaches guitar and Jazz styles at Canterbury Christ Church University and has been involved in teaching on the Mehr Clef Jazz Summer Schools.

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