an Ritchie has had a long and varied career in music. Originally inspired to play the saxophone from listening to Charlie Parker and John Coltrane, his first band was light years away from jazz. Deaf School were a theater rock band from Liverpool that had a profound influence on the Merseyside music scene for years after their demise
Hitherto, Ian Ritchie has hidden his jazz light under a bushel of studio activity, producing, composing and doing session work for the likes of Aswad, the Beach Boys and Laurie Anderson; here, he leads a sparky but intense quartet through a selection of his own tunes, all dedicated to an area of Soho. Ritchie's themes are unfussy and immediately accessible, but come into their own as hospitable chord sequences for extended soloing both from his own tenor, a breathy, occasionally pleasantly fruity sound utilizing an emotive vibrato where needed and propelled by a sinewy energy, and from pianist Alex Hutton
Willing to teach
Experienced professional saxophonist Ian Ritchie is taking new pupils in the New Year. Having returned to London after a two year world tour with Roger Waters playing "Dark Side Of The Moon" and other major works from the Pink Floyd catalogue, he now has time to devote to aspiring saxophonists seeking improvement. Ritchie has played on records by Wham, The Beach Boys, Ash, Aswad and many more. He is active on the London jazz scene with his group Ian Ritchie's SOHO Project
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