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Ronnie Scott's Presents...Richard Spaven

 Monday, 13th February, 2017

Drummer Richard Spaven shares his jazz inspirations

The world famous Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club is set to take The Oak Room by storm as they curate a monthly line-up of influential acts to get your feet moving and souls alight. The first instalment features revered drummer, Richard Spaven, known for his work with international stars such as Flying Lotus and Jose James.

Ronnie's Scott's Alex LoSardo, interviews Richard ahead of his Hospital Club debut.

Who is your biggest jazz inspiration?
Herbie Hancock - I remember a period of about two years where I listened to Thrust everyday! The sound and feel of Mike Clark on there is amazing. Herbie's 70s albums are my favourites -Thrust, Mr Hands, and Manchild.

What makes a great jazz musician/drummer for you?
Saxophonist Charles Lloyd sounds so gritty, meaningful and soulful to me. That's what I want to hear...

Also, Harvey Mason is one of my favourite drummers. Ridiculous pocket but can open up as well. Mason's Stepping Into Tomorrow and Places and Spaces by Donald Byrd are classic albums and groove masterclasses. Epic drummer.

Which jazz era would you like to go back to?
As you probably guessed from the above, the 1970s. Mix up the above with what Lalo Schifrin, Ennio Morricone and David Axelrod were doing...there's an endless list of greats. Then Hip Hop gets invented... ridiculous... I need a lie down.

What do you think the future of jazz is?
Hard to say. Personally I like to use the word jazz for most things left-field or anything that is genre defying. Exploration and progression. That's how jazz remains relevant to me.

Richard performs at the Hospital Club on Wednesday 15th February, 7pm. Book your spot here.