Tim Richards was born in London and was drawn to music at
an early age, his first encounter
with a piano being at the age of 8 in a dentist’s waiting room.
He studied classical piano with
the renowned Carola Grindea until the age of 14, when he
began attempting to teach himself
jazz and blues after seeing Thelonious Monk on TV.
Tim’s seminal modern jazz group SPIRIT LEVEL was formed
in Bristol in 1979, a quintet with
saxophonist Paul Dunmall and trumpeter Dave Holdsworth,
and released seven albums
between 1979 and 1999. After appearing at the 1985 Vienne
jazz festival on the same bill as
Miles Davis, they teamed up with US trumpeter Jack Walrath
(ex-Mingus) for a series of UK
and European dates, recording the acclaimed 'Killer Bunnies'