Richard Michael Joins Jazz London Radio

Richard Michael Joins Jazz London Radio 

Jazz London Radio is London’s internet jazz station broadcasting a variety of jazz  twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.  Jazz London Radio is pleased to announce that Richard Michael,  Scotland’s Jazz Jargon buster, presents the first instalment of “It’s All Jazz” on Jazz Then And Now on JLR at 3pm on the 28th December 2020.

Richard Michael joins Jazz Then And Now at Jazz London Radio

Richard Michael jazz education pioneer is joining Jazz Then And Now on the last week of each month for a 15 minute programme “Its All About Music”. Each programme will cover a facet of jazz – the first in the series is Richard on the “walking bass”. This will be followed by; Latin Feel, Swing Groove, Gospel, Boogie Woogie, Scat, Modal, Freeform, Fusion, Ragtime, Stride.

Richard Michael occupies a unique place in the musical life of his native Scotland, as he has the versatility to improvise on any theme, in any key and in any given style.

He has a virtuosic piano technique enabling him to give recitals on “The History of Jazz Piano”, encompassing every major jazz pianist from Fats Waller to Keith Jarrett, and is a master of stride piano playing.

Years spent as Head of Music in Beath High School have led to an easy rapport with audiences explaining how music works. A popular broadcaster on Radio Scotland since 2007, he has revealed to thousands of listeners the secrets of the jazz masters in his role as “Jazz Jargon Buster”.

He is Honorary Professor of Jazz Piano at the University of St Andrews, and played a major role in the development of the ABRSM jazz Piano Syllabus.

Richard, through his pioneering work with Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra, has been influential in the development of many of our finest musicians such as Calum Gourlay, Helena Kay, Fergus McCreadie and Kim Macari. Richard currently runs a ”Virtual” FYJO with members from the length of the UK.

He has had a regular feature on BBC Radio Scotland’s “Jazz Nights” for the past 14 years, opening up and explaining how jazz works to thousands of listeners, and is one of the country’s most experienced educators.

He is currently working on a book and DVD for Hal leonard inc. entitled “Jazz Piano for Kids”, teaching improvisation on Nicola Benedetti’s Foundation, and playing the organ in Abbotshall Church, Kirkcaldy.

CDs – are available from iTunes, Bandcamp, Spotify, Amazon and Birnam CDs.

“The Diel’s Awa’ Wi’ The Jazzman”
“The Michaels play the Great American Songbook”
“The Brothers” (with Richard’s late brother Will Michael)
“A History of Jazz Piano”
“Anything But A Silent Night”

Richard Michael on YouTube – Quartet – Lark Ascending and Take Five

Virtual Benedetti Sessions Celebration Concert: The Grand Finale

Paganini Revisited with Special Guests:

Jazz Then And Now is presented by Chris Hodgkins

Jazz London Radio can be accessed here:

Jazz London Radio covers a range of programmes, from “Jazz Then and Now” which looks at the old and the new in jazz, “Soul Jazz Junction” which explores the link between hard bop, soul and vocal music and “World Showcase” which does what it says on the tin.  Click here for the weekly schedule.  Biographies of all Presenters can be perused here

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