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|After an early and
self-taught musical career in his fatherís band, Richard Ormrod studied at
Leeds College of Music, graduating in 1998 with a First in Jazz. Since
graduation he has led bands of varying size (3-40 pieces) playing in
styles covering the whole of jazz history and free improvisation, and from
around the world (Caribbean, Latin, African, Jewish, Indian, Japanese and
mainland European music). A noted multi-instrumentalist, he has performed
throughout the UK, Europe, America and Asia, playing mainly reed
instruments (but we haven't yet found an instrument he can't play).
|As well as giving private tuition and working extensively in primary schools on a programme of facilitating creativity, he has worked in the wider musical community for more than a decade, firstly with the Darwen-based Jam Factory, and then with us here at Dales Jam and the RAMJam, based in Settle. He arranges for, educates and conducts amateur musicians of all ages and abilities, in both musicianship and improvisation. He complements his Jazz soul with contrasting Jamaican and Indian classical influences. As he is easily influenced there are hints of South Africa, Klezmer, Funk, Pop, Calypso, Cuban, Brazilian thrown in as well. It's a heady mix! In 2012 Richard was awarded Jazz Yorkshire's Musician of the Year.||
Photo by Mark Wilson of SkiptonWeb
JazzYorkshire Awards 2012
Musician of the Year
Martin Powell broadcasts Richard's acceptance speech via iPhone
from Dales Jam rehearsal. Dales Jam then performed to the audience via iPhone.