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Richard Rozze

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 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.

Quotes:

”Richard Rozze is an artist who has successfully forged a unique approach to his playing and compositions. He glides effortlessly through multi-genre worlds, his solos flawlessly committed to his surroundings. On this debut album, the listener will be enthralled by Rozze’s ability to fuse elements of rock, jazz, folk & Americana. You will stop asking yourself “what style of music am I listening to?” and realise the question is moot, it’s just great music!” (Paul Booth – saxophonist with the Steve Winwood Band)

”Richard Rozze has produced a stunning CD with a band that sounds like it has played together for years, the cohesion and telepathy is evident throughout. Richard’s writing echoes some of Pat Metheny’s finest moments, yet his own playing can encompass R’nB grit to country sensitivity when needed, to compliment his compositions and arrangements. (Derek Nash – producer/ engineer/saxophonist)

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