Richard Iles

Sun 6th Jan 2019 2.15pm: LES CHISNALL, MIKE WALKER & RICHARD ILES (jazz)

Programme to include Jazz standards and Compositions by Richard Iles


Les ChisnallLes Chisnall began playing the organ and the piano at an early age.

Throughout his career, improvisation and compositional flare has proved central, especially in the contemporary classical field.

Les has written music for orchestra, piano, organ and choir and has worked with some of the finest musicians including Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Mike Walker, Andy Schofield, Richard Iles, Steve Berry and Ian Ballamy.

In addition to his extensive career as jazz pianist and composer, Les has taught for many years.

He currently teaches Jazz Piano and improvisation and Chetham’s School of Music and at LIPA.



Mike WalkerMike Walker is a Salford born guitar player who has played in many bands throughout his career.
In May 2008, Mike released his debut album ‘Madhouse and the Whole Thing There’ to wide critical acclaim.
He is a commissioned composer and most notably has written for a 22 piece Orchestra and Jazz quintet for Manchester Jazz Festival, 2008.

He enjoys being a member of ‘The Printmakers’ a much loved band set up by Nikki Iles and Norma Winstone and also featuring Mark Lockheart, Steve Watts, and James Maddren. He’s also been writing for a new group he co-leads with Gwilym Simcock called ‘The Impossible Gentlemen’. They tour extensively in Europe and the UK and have just recorded their 2nd album.

Mike runs various Guitar/Improvisation Schools in Andalucia, Spain, Italy, Scotland, Wales and the Lake District for Beg/int and Int/Adv. He also runs The Music Place Summer School in Altrincham with his friends Les Chisnall and Iain Dixon. He is currently working on a new kind of learning website aimed mainly at Guitarists of all levels.


Richard IlesRichard Iles has performed with many leading jazz musicians including: Vince Mendoza, John Taylor, Anthony Braxton, Peter Erskine, Edward Vesala, Kenny Wheeler and Bill Frisell.

Richard is currently a member of Tim Garland’s Northern Underground Orchestra and The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra directed by Tommy Smith. The Miniature Brass Emporium is a nine piece brass ensemble featuring the rhythm section of the Richard Iles Group. The band features elements of funk, soul and contemporary jazz with a warm brass backdrop. The Miniature Brass Emporium has a versatile palette creating roaring ensembles and sensitive and impressionist moods. The music is all composed by Richard Iles; so far Richard has composed a series of pieces for saxophonist Andy Schofield (premiered at mjf 2002) and an extended piece for guitarist Mike Walker. Richard is a principal lecturer in Jazz at Leeds College of Music.