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Howard Riley

b. John Howard Riley, 16 Feb 1943, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, Britain. Riley started playing piano at age six, though it was another a decade before he started to play jazz. At college or university he researched under Bernard Rands at Bangor, North Wales (1961-66) getting BA and MA levels, after that with David Baker at Indiana, adding M.Mus to his name in 1967. From 1967-70 he researched for his PhD at York College or university under Wilfred Mellers, who wrote a bit (Yeibichai) for symphony orchestra, scat vocalist and jazz trio which was performed from the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Frank Holder and Riley’s trio in the 1969 Proms. Riley got led a trio at Bangor, and later on became a member of Evan Parker’s quartet. On his come back from Indiana he shaped a trio with Barry Man (and occasionally Ron Rubin) and Jon Hiseman (also Tony Oxley and, later on, Alan Jackson) and started writing for rings like the Spontaneous Music Outfit as well as the Don Rendell – Ian Carr Quintet. At the moment he also started to possess his chamber and orchestral items performed in concert, and was a creator person in the Music artists’ Co-Operative. He offers made up for Barry Man’s London Jazz Composers’ Orchestra and the brand new Jazz Orchestra and used Keith Tippett, John McLaughlin (who got also sometimes sat along with the past due 60s trio), Jaki Byard, Elton Dean, the LJCO (becoming the presented soloist on the Double Problems), Barbara Thompson, Oxley and many more. He in addition has taught in the Guildhall and Goldsmith’s universities of music in London with the Center FROM THE Innovative And Performing Arts in Buffalo. In the past due 80s he started to launch both older and fresh recordings by himself cassette label, Falcon Tapes. In 1990, he and Dean co-led a quartet of improvisers on a couple of jazz standards, ALL OF THE Tradition.

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