Jim Richardson - bass
Jim joined the Big Chris Barber Band on October 1st, 2017, but left
the band in November 2017, being replaced by John Day. We wish Jim all
the best for his further musical career.
Jim ‘Jimbo’ Richardson (born
England), is an
jazz bassist and
session musician. An original member of pioneering British
jazz-rock band, ‘If’
(1970–1972), he went on to undertake session and studio work, including
recording for the hit TV programme, ‘The Sweeney’, composed by Harry
In 1975 Jim held the bass chair in Georgie Fame’s ‘Blue Flames’
alongside Alan Skidmore and Tony Crombie among others, remaining in the
band for an impressive 15 years.
From 1986, Jim lead his own quartet ‘Pogo’, garnering 4 stars in
Downbeat Magazine for their debut album.
As a decorated recording artist and session musician, in 1981 he
appeared on Georgie Fame’s tribute to Hoagy Carmichael ‘In
In the mid-1980s he re-united with former ‘If’ band member
Dick Morrissey in the jazz-funk band ‘Morrissey–Mullen’,
before returning to a more straight-ahead jazz approach.
After a break from leading his own outfits, Richardson released the
album ‘Chapter One’ in October 2009, and in April 2010, his album ‘2
Plus 2’ was also released; both on Actone Records.
In 2016 a double album features Jim as bassist and producer of ‘Chet
Baker: Live In London’ released on Ubuntu Music, which has since been
wildly lauded in Downbeat magazine (4 stars) among others; Jazz Times,
Jazz Journal, Bebop Spoken Here, receiving worldwide acclaim.
Over the years Jim has worked, recorded and toured with an impressive
array of great jazz artists. Although far too many to mention
here, these have included: Dexter Gordon, Chet Baker, Benny Carter,
Sonny Stitt, Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis, Art Farmer, Barney Kessel, Herb
Ellis, Mal Waldron, Jimmy Rowles, Clifford Jordan, Charles McPherson,
Herb Geller, Buddy Tate, Bud Freeman, Pepper Adams, Bill Watrous, Wild
Bill Davison, Peanuts Hucko, Billy Butterfield, Bud Shank and Jimmy
Giuffre. Some vocalists include: Dakota Staton, Ernestine Anderson,
Adelaide Hall, Lizbeth Welch, Carol Woods, Mark Murphy, Jimmy
Witherspoon, Memphis Slim and Little Willy Littlefield.
Jim has also worked in the popular music arena, having been fortunate
enough to have worked with; Scott Walker, Lulu, Maurice Gibb, Neil
Sedaka, Cilla Black, Marty Wild, Craig Douglas, Vince Eager, Will Young
and Rick Astley.
Music: Jim has not recorded with the Big
Chris Barber Band