Tutor Profiles

Charles Alexander

Charles Alexander began his musical career as a jazz guitarist in Edinburgh and also ran the Edinburgh University Jazz Club. From 1973, for nine years, he was Director of the Jazz Centre Society in London, producing hundreds of jazz events ranging from weekly jazz club events to full scale jazz festivals such as the Camden Jazz Week. Since 1982 he has concentrated on his own musical activities as one of the leading jazz guitarists on the London scene. A committed jazz educator; he is Jazz Guitar Tutor at Richmond Adult and Community College.

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Dave has been a lead tutor in the music department at RACC since 2000, and has also been involved in teaching various youth jazz orchestras. Dave was a faculty member for the Jamie Aebersold International Jazz Summer School and continues to work in a number of HE institutions as bass teacher and external examiner.

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One of the most prolific and fast rising jazz vocalists in the UK who works extensively as vocalist, composer and broadcaster.

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In the sixties Henry was one of the first musicians on the British jazz scene to experiment with total free improvisation and also at this time began a musical relationship with Sir John Dankworth which lasted till the composer’s death in 2010. In 1967 he played on the now legendary Ken Wheeler album, “Windmill Tilter”.

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Julian Costello is a London-based musician, composer and teacher. He has a scholarship from Trinity College of Music where he received a Postgraduate Certificate of Performance in the Saxophone. Julian writes the music for the Julian Costello Quartet, plays in a number of jazz big Bands, in a vocal/cello and guitar trio and in a world music trio that uses tabla, guitar/loops and soprano saxophone.

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Linley Weir has been performing and teaching for 20 years. She has been teaching at Richmond College since 2008. She’s worked as a singer/pianist on the international circuit for several years after graduating from Leeds College Of Music before settling back in the UK where she regularly performs with her Quartet at top London Jazz clubs.

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Born in Southampton, Tony Woods grew up in Chilworth Old Village and began playing folk music with his father at the age of five. A graduate of Keele University, Leeds College of Music and The Guildhall School of Music Tony received awards for saxophone, outstanding performance and the soloist’s prize at the Dunkirk International Jazz Festival.

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Wendy Linsey

"I joined the Richmond Jazz School (RJS) at RACC in September 1997 as a student on the Jazz Vocal classes at the time as I wanted to get back into singing after a substantial time away to have kids. I knew nothing about jazz, having studied Classical singing at Uni , so it was a big learning curve for me. From the very beginning I knew it was something I wanted to learn, and at the RACC there was such a fantastic team of teachers and classes to learn from that I just kept turning up each term to learn more and more!

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