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Eric Richards

I was born in 1953 in Alnwick, a small market town in Northumberland, about thirty miles both from the Scottish border to the north and the city of Newcastle upon Tyne to the south. After leaving school I spent one year at the City of Leeds College of Music and then went on to Durham University where I studied Music (along with Biblical Studies and Indian Civilisation - a General B.A.) and finally did a diploma course in Jazz and Light music at the Newcastle College of Arts and Technology. Shortly after ending my studies I moved to London where I found that the experience, that I had gathered in the clubs and pubs of the north east was enough to get my career in the capital started. Within a short time I had work with dance orchestras, in recording studios, in theatres and pubs, in TV and radio and was freelancing on the London jazz scene. From 1980 -1991 I played many international jazz festivals, radio and television shows as well as touring from Africa to Sweden with the Afro jazz band Dudu Pukwana's Zila (south Africa / Great Britain). In 1984 I played a British tour with Gloria Gaynor.

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