Richard Edwards started playing the trombone at school in 1971. In 1975 he joined the Band of the Irish Guards and studied at Kneller Hall under William Teskey where he won the Cousins Award for best instrumentalist and the Cassels Award for best all-round musician. Although the Kneller Hall trombone tuition was classical he began playing jazz in the big band, for which he also composed.
During the next six years he played with ‘Superjazz’ Big Band (with which he won the Don Lusher Trombone Trophy in 1984) in pubs and clubs, including Ronnie Scott’s; he also played with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. On leaving the army in 1984 he joined ‘Working Week’, a jazz-soul group with which he toured and recorded over the next three years.
Since then he has played many styles of music with different groups and artistes. Some of these include The Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Bob Wilbur and various Glen Miller Bands, US Stars Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole and Johnny Mathis. He has recorded for James Last and on the British pop scene for Sting, Kim Appleby and Jamiroquai and plays regularly with the Jack Sharpe Big Band.
Since April 1991 Richard has been playing with London Brass where both classical and jazz styles are required. Apart from London Brass his main work consists of TV, film and recording sessions, deputising in West End shows and many varied jazz engagements.
Jazz Trombone and Lead Trombone are available as second or related study only
Faculties / departments: Brass