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Matthew Ruddick

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.

Stacey Kent is a Grammy nominated, platinum-selling American jazz singer and recording artist. Kent was born in South Orange, New Jersey and attended Newark Academy in Livingston, New Jersey. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College. She travelled to England after graduation to study music at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she met saxophonist Jim Tomlinson, whom she married in 1991. In 2017, Stacey recorded her twelfth solo album - and second for Sony - I Know I Dream: The Orchestral Sessions. It is her first album with orchestra, comprising 58 musicians, arrangements by Tommy Laurence, covering music from The Great American Songbook, French Chansons, songs from Edu Lobo and Antonio Carlos Jobim from Brazil, and further original songs from Jim Tomlinson with songwriting partners Kazuo Ishiguro and Cliff Goldmacher. 
Saturday, 04 November 2017 08:18

Gregory Porter – Nat King Cole And Me

Gregory Porter continues to drift away from the jazz and funk that made his name.
Saturday, 21 October 2017 17:27

Cecile McLorin Salvant - Dreams And Daggers

Stunning live set, with the added bonus of new studio recordings with a string quartet.
Sunday, 15 October 2017 03:15

Terje Rypdal – Bleak House

Debut album by influential Norwegian guitarist reissued on 180 gram vinyl.
Monday, 02 October 2017 02:27

Lee Morgan - The Roulette Sides

Ultra rare Lee Morgan session with Wayne Shorter from June 1960, reissued on ten inch vinyl.
Friday, 25 August 2017 16:01

All That's Jazz - Sammy Stein

Kind Of Jazz contributor, Sammy Stein, explores the passion that goes into jazz music.
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 01:46

Aaron Parks – Find The Way

Seattle raised pianist returns with his second album for ECM.
Coltrane's Atlantic Years in Mono on pristine vinyl; amazing sound, but sadly missing three key albums.
Since releasing Finding My Way Home in 2011, British-Bahraini trumpet player, Yazz Ahmed, has emerged as a distinctive voice on the UK Jazz scene, both as a soloist and composer. In recent years she has lead her quartet and her seven-piece, Ahmed Family Hafla, in concerts around the UK and abroad, including Kuwait, Ukraine, Algeria and at the 2016 Berlin Jazz festival. She has played alongside Toshiko Akiyoshi, Steve Williamson, Courtney Pine, Troyk-estra, Jazz Jamaica, The Human Revolution Orchestra, and Arun Ghosh. Yazz has also recorded and performed with Radiohead, Max Romeo, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, ABC, Swing Out Sister, Joan as Police Woman, Amel Zen and has toured the world with art-rock band, These New Puritans, as a soloist and member of their septet and quintet. Her new album, La Saboteuse, is a deep exploration of her mixed heritage and her growing interest in sound design and electronic effects. The album has been described as ‘intoxicating, compelling and sonically outstanding’, and transforming what jazz means in the 21st century.
Friday, 30 June 2017 21:42

Meg Morley – Through The Hours

Solo debut by London based, Australian born pianist reveals new layers on each listen.

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