Tim Richards - Blues

Although best known as a jazz pianist, Tim Richards has been a blues fan since seeing Otis Spann with the Muddy Waters band when they visited Britain in the 1960s.

He has been an active performer on the blues scene since around 1988 when he took over the piano chair from Bob Hall in OTIS GRAND's first band, the DANCE KINGS. This ten-piece group toured extensively, playing at many European blues festivals including Peer (Belgium) where they appeared opposite John Lee Hooker. They also toured and recorded with US guitarist JOE LOUIS WALKER who produced their album Always Hot, now available on CD (Indigo IGOXCD505).

Since the days of Otis Grand, Tim has performed on and off in the bands of many of Britain's most popular blues artists, such as DANA GILLESPIE, TODD SHARPVILLE, and EARL GREEN. In 1998 he toured Europe with renowned Louisiana guitarist LARRY GARNER, appearing in Britain, Germany, Denmark and Ireland.

In 2002 he appeared at the Eccaussinnes Blues Festival in Belgium with 73-year old harmonica legend
MOJO BUFORD (ex-Muddy Waters band).

The photo (right) shows Tim performing at London's 100 Club with Chicago blues singer DEITRA FARR, with whom he toured the UK in October 2004.

In 2006, Tim teamed up with MIKE PAICE, one of Britain's most in-demand blues and R'n'B sax players, for a series of duo gigs at THE GREEN in South London's East Dulwich Road.

His most recent bluesy project is a five-piece band with vocalist SHIREEN FRANCIS (right), also featuring saxman Dave Blackmore and ex-Jazz Jamaica drummer Kenrick Rowe. Click here for details.

IMPROVISING BLUES PIANO - book

Tim's acclaimed blues piano tutor was published in 1997 by Schott Music, a collection of over 60 pieces complete with CD.

For more details, and to listen to sample tracks
click here.

BLUES PIANO EVENING CLASS

Tim's weekly Monday-night blues class at London's GOLDSMITHS COLLEGE has been running since 1990.

Click here for details, and also for info about Tim's blues piano pieces for ROCKSCHOOL

 

PAST BLUES PROJECTS

Grooveyard

Tim led this funky five-piece featuring vocalist Kathy Wilson (right) and guitarist T-Bone Taylor, appearing mainly in the South of England throughout the 1990s. For more information, please click here.

Q Bee

Tim has played keyboards with this excellent blues band since 1998 and appears on both of their funky CDs 'A' and BeeComing.

The band is led by guitarist Jake "The Snake" Zaitz and features Kate "Queen Bee" Zaitz on vocals.

For more information please click here.

 

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