Live jazz, artists, venues and education in Leicester
"Richard Spaven is one of the most unique artists in the world. Triple threat drummer, composer, and producer, his voice rings true with clarity and promise. He is the point where jazz meets the world" - JosÃ© James (Blue Note Records) Richard Spaven has supplied the drums for many artists on stage and in the studio. JosÃ© James, Flying Lotus, The Cinematic Orchestra, Guruâ€™s Jazzmatazz, Gregory Porter to name but a few. Working closely with such a diverse range of artists must bare influence upon Spavenâ€™s own compositions, in which some how the drums bridge the gap between the worlds of jazz and electronic music. Spavenâ€™s debut release â€˜5iveâ€™s EPâ€™ (Jazz Refreshed) in 2010 quietly turned heads. Most recently it featured on best selling video game â€˜Grand Theft Auto Vâ€™. With a guest appearance by JosÃ© James on the hypnotic â€˜Mazâ€™, the record was seen by some as a jazz record but was also played out loud by many club DJâ€™s. Richard has also been a key figure in the success of Jazz Re:freshed, a contemporary music/arts movement, built around a weekly live music residency in the heart of West London, covering the whole spectrum of Jazz inspired music and culture since 2003. Carving out a niche in Londonâ€™s rich cultural landscape, Jazz re:freshed bridges the gap and connects the dots between Jazz and other progressive music genres.
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