Dr. RICHARD NILES’ career spans pop, R&B, rock and jazz as a recording artist, composer, producer, songwriter, arranger, conductor, musical director, broadcaster, author and educator. He has been called “one of the most versatile men in modern music” (Sound On Sound Magazine).
Niles has produced, written and arranged over 40 worldwide hits.
Pop credits: Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Cher, Mariah Carey, Dusty Springfield, Cat Stevens, Grace Jones, Swing Out Sister, Kid Creole, James Brown, Michael McDonald, Pet Shop Boys, Tears For Fears, The Troggs, Wet Wet Wet, Boyzone, Westlife, Take That, Ronan Keating, The Feeling and Kylie Minogue.
Jazz credits: Pat Metheny, Martin Taylor, Bob James, Michel Legrand, Ray Charles, Jane Monheit, Guy Barker, Bob Mintzer, The Yellowjackets, Silje Nergaard, John Patitucci, Jim Mullen, Janek Gwizdala, Nelson Rangell, Gwylim Simcock and Gary Husband.
Niles has performed on television and on stage extensively, both with small groups and his 17-piece big band, BANDZILLA (USA, Britain, France, Russia, Norway, Denmark and Japan).
His own album releases include Santa Rita, Club Deranged and Bandzilla – Blue Movies. In 2000 he led the group Katalyst and currently performs with The Richard Niles Septet and BANDZILLA, his 19-piece big band.
Niles is an acclaimed author, journalist and BBC broadcaster. His many music documentaries and his 3-year series New Jazz Standards won him a nomination for the Sony Award. In 2009 his book The Pat Metheny Interviews was published by Hal Leonard Publishers. He has been a contributor of articles to the magazines Jazzwise, Making Music and Berklee Today.
In 2008 Niles was awarded a PhD from Brunel University. He has delivered his own unique courses and masterclasses at the University of Southern California, California State University (Northridge), The Musician’s Institute (LA), The Berklee College of Music (Boston), Brunel University (UK), The Academy of Contemporary Music (UK), The Tech Schools Of Music (UK), The Royal Northern College of Music (UK), The Leeds College of Music (UK).