Ian Riley graduated from Leeds College of music after studying Jazz piano; trumpet and composition were second studies with a strong link to music technology. Work on board a cruise liner in the Mediterranean and then a long stint playing at Alton Towers both in Show bands and pop bands in small venues and to crowds of thirty five thousand people, Along side this came the delights of Pantomime at the Theatre Royal in Stoke on Trent where Ian Played keyboards and was then Musical director. The Moscow State Circus was the next venture with Ian acting both as musical director and arranger, this included work on Blue Peter Specials, the Big Breakfast and The Royal Variety Show. Work since has included a European tour with ‘Twentieth century musicals’, working on many amateur musicals and the wonderful delights of teaching the piano.
Ian has been Musical Director for: – Linda Nolan, JimmyTarbuck, and Kenny Lynch.
Big band music, Salsa, Blues, Soul and Jazz music have also played a large part in Ian’s musical life.
Jazz has always been Ian’s favourite music to perform so he is especially delighted to have joined Richard Leach’s 7 Stars of Jazz.