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Richard Jones is a pianist, improviser and composer based in Manchester, UK. Growing up in a musical family exposed Richard to a broad range of styles and his career reflects that; studying classical violin before focusing on the piano with jazz and improvisation.

After years of playing for other artists’ projects, Richard has recently formed his own trio with Joshua Cavanagh-Brierley and Johnny Hunter. His playing has been described as ‘achingly lyrical’ by All About Jazz and London Jazz News have noted his ‘scintillating piano inventions’.

He has toured the world with the award winning Beats & Pieces Big Band and can be seen regularly with groups such as Nishla Smith Quintet, Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat and Graham South Quartet. He has also been involved in crossover projects with Manchester Camerata and Manchester Collective.


‘the very best in Manchester's new talent’
Manchester Jazz Festival

Currently performing with:
Angle Shades (formerly Richard Jones Trio)

Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat
Beats & Pieces Big Band

Missing Pieces Trio
Universal Time


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There’s a wealth of ideas here...and overall the album announces a new project that should be gathering much wider interest in the future

Richard is currently writing for his own trio Angle Shades which features bassist Joshua Cavanagh-Brierley and drummer Johnny Hunter, a line-up described as an "energetic and imaginative band of Manchester’s finest young contemporary improvisers" 



'it's procession of dialogue between the four players even reminiscent of Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’. London Jazz News

Improvisation is at the heart of Richard's musical output, with his solos being a key part of the sound of the groups he performs in.

‘The call and response between Jones on piano and drummer Hanley on this track is exceptional'

'To close, Jones’ solo improv introduces the bustling journey of Deep River, with hints of McCoy Tyner'

'Pianist Richard Jones delivered an achingly lyrical unaccompanied solo'

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