Fish Wish

You are listening to Fish Wish - a duet with saxophonist Ed Jones from the Epistrophy CD. To pause this recording, click on the MP3 player above.

There's more audio at the bottom of this page, also on the CDs/Music and Composition pages, and on Tim's Soundcloud page.

Latest Recording

Cindy Douglas with the Tim Richards Trio
'My New Jive'
THEA1 1001
Scottish vocalist's 2012 debut album - choice selection of standards with special guests

Out now!

Previous Recording

Tim Richards Trio
33 Records - 33Jazz205
Piano, bass & drums

Out now!

Online review on 'Bebop Spoken Here' website

CDs available from

Latest publication

NEW! Brazilian Piano Collection, a second collaboration with pianist John Crawford, was published by Schott Music in June 2014.

Exploring Latin Piano, the first book with John Crawford, published by Schott Music in October 2010.

Exploring Jazz Piano was published in by Schott in 2005. It won the Music Industry Association (MIA) award for 'Best Pop Publication 2006'. Vol 1 deals with jazz basics, up to and including ninth chords; Vol 2 deals with more complex harmony and takes things up to professional level.

Tim's first book, the highly acclaimed Improvising Blues Piano was published in 1997 by Schott Music.

London-based pianist Tim Richards has been a presence on the UK and international jazz scene since the early 1980s. His style has been described as:

"Luminously funky... Iaced with the blues."

and as:

"A unique mixture formed from his admiration of both the expansive, robust playing of McCoy Tyner and the luminous delicacy of Abdullah Ibrahim."

Tim's first encounter with a piano was at the age of 8 in a dentist's waiting room. After classical piano lessons he began to teach himself jazz and blues from the age of 14, when he saw Thelonious Monk and Otis Spann on TV. In 1979 he formed the seminal modern jazz group Spirit Level, a band that toured the Britain and Europe extensively in the 1980s and 90s, released seven albums, and was nominated 'Best Small group' in the 1995 British Jazz Awards

In recent years, Tim has won acclaim as a composer and arranger, developing ideas in the larger instrumental setting of his nine-piece band Great Spirit, which has featured key players on the British scene such as Pete King, Ed Jones, Gilad Atzmon, Denys Baptiste, Tony Kofi, Jason Yarde, Roger Beaujolais, Seb Rochford and many others. The band released their second CD Epistrophy (33Jazz120) in 2005 (5-star online review) and toured the UK for the fourth time in November 2006 with Finnish saxophonist Jari Perkiomaki, with the help of a New Music award from the PRS Foundation.

"Tim Richards' piano playing has the distinction of being both adventurous and immediately attractive."

Tim has a Masters Degree in composition from London's Trinity College of Music, and has also written pieces for a wide variety of non-jazz ensembles, from string quartet to symphony orchestra, also collaborating with dancers and filmmakers. To hear a selection, go to the Composition page.

Tim Richards HEXTET

Tim's latest project is a six-piece band featuring Dick Pearce (trumpet), Ed Jones (tenor sax), Ralph Wyld (vibes), Dominic Howles (double bass), Peter Ibbetson (drums). The band played two sold-out gigs at London's Kings Place in 2012 and 2014. Here's a clip of them in action:


For future dates see the GIGS page

Listen to the PODCAST:

"A highly distinctive solo voice, blues and gospel tinged, but with a percussive drive betraying his roots in hard bop."

Tim Richards TRIO - UK Tour Jan/Feb 2011

In a more straight-ahead vein, the Tim Richards Trio have been entertaining audiences from Istanbul to Inverness since the mid 1980s. The trio's third CD Shapeshifting is out now on 33Jazz. Here's the trio playing the title track shortly after their recent UK tour in 2011:

An earlier YouTube clip can be seen here:

The TRIO playing Charlie Parker's 'Au Privave'

Tim also enjoys playing blues and has toured and recorded with many well-known blues artists including the award-winning Otis Grand, Dana Gillespie, Earl Green, and US guitarists Joe Louis Walker and Larry Garner.

"Tim Richards plays bluesy jazz piano with a fiercely contemporary edge and his compositions are lushly melodic."

Tim's YouTube channel
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Playlist - Tim's favourite albums
Private jazz piano tuition 
Courses, evening classes & workshops

Free sample piano lessons

• Thickening the Melodic Line
From MUSIC TEACHER magazine, Dec 2007
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• Two-handed Voicings
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Feature by Alyn Shipton in PIANO magazine, May 2006
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BBC Radio 3 Jazz Library

Tim has recorded two Jazz Library programmes with presenter Alyn Shipton, featuring Tim and Alyn talking about the great pianists Hampton Hawes and Wynton Kelly and playing some of their favourite tracks.

These can be heard by clicking on the mp3 player (right) - each progremme is in two 30-minute sections. If Fish Wish is already playing, please pause it in the player at the top of the page before listening to Jazz Library.