Our Editor

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Matthew Ruddick

Editor
Author of Funny Valentine, an acclaimed new biography of the jazz trumpet player and singer, Chet Baker.
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Matthew Ruddick

Matthew Ruddick MATTHEW RUDDICK is the author of Funny Valentine, an acclaimed new biography of the jazz trumpet player and singer, Chet Baker. 

Over the last few years, he was a regular music critic for a variety of publications, including HK-listings magazine Beats, and the author of Music On The Move, a music column in Escape travel magazine. 

Born in England, Matthew has been living in Hong Kong for eight years, and works in the finance industry.

Jazz meets electronica on 2.0, The Remixes.
Stunning minimalist collaboration delivers on its Promises.
Singer Esther Bennett and pianist Terence Collie team up for a very personal project.
As a passionate and dedicated jazz musician married to a drummer, I welcomed the opportunity to celebrate the tenth International Jazz Day by delving deeper into the world of a drummer I have followed for many years and for whom I have the greatest respect and admiration. Her achievements speak for themselves and are great testament to her ability and wide-ranging drumming styles together with an easy-going approach to her work. From early days performing on the Bristol jazz scene with the likes of Andy Sheppard, Pee Wee Ellis and Get the Blessing, to recording the original soundtrack for Peaky Blinders with recording project Feverist, forming alternative genre band Mesadorm with a group of friends, designing and performing drum clinics based around playing ‘grooves’ and performing world tours with the likes of Paloma Faith and Goldfrapp, the world of drummer Daisy Palmer is fascinating, inspiring, full of variety and all centred around family life. (Interview by Kim Cypher)  
Saturday, 24 April 2021 15:21

Shez Raja - Tales From The Punjab

Magical journey to the Punjab with bass player Raja.
Multi award-winning /nominated vocalist, lyricist and producer, Georgia Mancio, is one of Europe’s most respected, adventurous and multi-faceted new artists. Her multi-lingual music references classic jazz and Latin alongside her own astonishing writing, always stamped with an unfailing emotional integrity. In March 2021, Georgia released her eighth album – Quiet Is The Star, and the second in partnership with Grammy-winning pianist/composer Alan Broadbent. Their first album, Songbook (2017), was launched at a sold out headline show at Ronnie Scott’s (“unequivocally, one of the gigs of the year” Jazzwise) with subsequent performances across Europe and the US, including famed New York clubs Dizzy’s (Jazz at Lincoln Center), Kitano and Mezzrow.  Georgia is interviewed by the acclaimed pianist and singer, Wendy Kirkland. Wendy is a part of the excellent Women In Jazz Media initiative, and KoJ is delighted that she has offered to join the team.
Saturday, 10 April 2021 22:38

Zoe Gilby - Aurora

Award-winning singer Zoe Gilby returns, tackling the compositions of trumpet player Tom Harrell.
Thursday, 08 April 2021 03:14

Sarah Moule - Stormy Emotions

Sarah Moule delivers a gorgeous collection of songs by Fran Landesman and Simon Wallace.
Saturday, 27 March 2021 22:22

Marta Capponi - Life Within

Kim Cypher reviews the new album by Marta Capponi.
Delightful new collaboration.

Our Contributors

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Rob Mallows

London Jazz Meetup owner and fan of ‘plugged in’ jazz.
 
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Erminia Yardley

Freelance journalist & writer. Jazz mad. Art lover. Photography freak.
 
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Simon Cooney

By day a full time Londoner in tv news. By night jazzaholic

 

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Fernando Rose

I love my jazz and I bless the funk. I play percussion for all and sundry and go by @Mr Cool.
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Hilary Robertson

Jazz-obsessed freelance writer and saxist.

 

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Grae Shennan

Laboratory scientist with a love of evolving music that defies boundaries.