I have been influenced by many musicians over the years. Most are familiar saxophone and clarinet players known world-wide, but also some of my hugely talented friends and colleagues, who continue to struggle against all odds to maintain a career in the jazz world.
✘ Coleman Hawkins - tenor sax
✘ Benny Goodman – clarinet
✘ Johnny Hodges - alto sax
✘ Ben Webster - tenor sax
✘ Arty Shaw – clarinet
✘ Charlie Ventura - tenor sax
✘ Benny Carter – various instruments
✘ Cannonball Adderley - alto sax
✘ Buddy DeFranco - clarinet
✘ Lester Young - tenor sax
✘ Barney Bigard – clarinet
✘ Sam Butera - tenor sax
✘ Ken Peplowski – clarinet
✘ Micheal Brecker - tenor sax
✘ Paquito D'Rivera – clarinet
✘ Stan Getz - tenor sax
✘ Earl Bostic - alto sax
✘ Charlie Parker - alto sax
✘ Louis Jordan - alto sax
✘ Harry Carney - baritone sax
Richard studied clarinet at the Royal College of Music with international soloist Michael Collins. Self-taught on saxophone, he formed his own jazz quartet and big band while still at college and quickly became a familiar figure on the London jazz scene, playing with a wide range of bands and artists from the National Youth Jazz Orchestra to the Ink Spots.
After leaving college Richard juggled a career in the classical and jazz worlds, playing with the London Symphonietta among others, and finding regular work in the West End.
Joining forces with American trombone player Rob Killips, Richard was a founder member of the jazz quintet 'Root Position', which soon established itself as one of Europe’s best young jazz groups by winning awards at both the Getxo and Leverkusen international Jazz Festivals, and regularly performing at Pizza Express Jazz Club (Dean St), Blackheath Concert Halls and throughout the UK.
In 1997 Richard toured the United States and Europe with Jesus Alemany’s renowned band Cubanismo, in which he had the honour of being the only non-Cuban member. He was also a regular musician with Orchestra La Clave, Robin Jones’ King Salsa, Viramundo, Roberto Pla and Tumbaito.
Richard worked alongside many of the great names in the Latin music world including Carlos Del Puerto, Mario Rivera, Orlando Watussi, Tito Allen, Alfredo Rodriguez and Tata Guines.
Richard has worked with most of the established big bands, such as The Glenn Miller Orchestra (UK), The Ross Mitchell Band and Singers, The Memphis Belle Orchestra, Freddie Staff’s Manhattan Big Band, the London Swing Orchestra and The Nelson Riddle Orchestra (UK).
In the late 1990’s Richard became a more regular name in the vintage jazz fraternity playing regularly with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra and the Charleston Chasers. Richard became a regular member of the Big Chris Barber Band in 2004, touring throughout Europe, leaving at the end of 2014 to focus on his own career.
As a composer and arranger, Richard has produced work for many groups and ensembles, including the acclaimed saxophone ensemble Saxtet, The Magnificent 7 Jazz Band, The London Swing Orchestra, Sugar Ray's Lucky Strikes and The MasqueRaiders.
He has performed with contemporary jazz groups and classical ensembles such as the Mike Westbrook big band, Hugh Warren’s Barrel Organ Band, The London Jazz Composers Orchestra, the Matrix Ensemble and a performance at the Barbican Centre with the world-famous Big Carla Bley Band.
His recording and touring credits include The United Funk Organisation, William Orbit, PJ Proby, Martha Reeves, The Selector, Beat International and Ronnie Spector.
More recently, Richard has worked with Kenny Ball and toured with American pianist Johnny Varro’s Swing Seven throughout Germany and Switzerland. Cruises with both The Pasadena Roof Orchestra and The Syd Lawrence Orchestra to Norway, the Mediterranean and South Africa have been highlights. And he runs his own band “Richard Exall’s Shooting Stars” which is a favourite at jazz clubs and festivals.
Other recent projects include “The Krupa Connection”; a trio dedicated to the music of Gene Krupa and Benny Goodman. “The Magnificent Seven” ; a hard-core swing/Latin, traditional/mainstream band formed from the top players on the jazz scene today. “Sugar Ray’s Lucky Strikes”, Jackson Sloan and The Rhythmtones, and the award-winning Amy Roberts/Richard Exall Quintet.
Richard regularly appears at festivals throughout the UK and Europe, including the Keswick Jazz Festival, Pershore Jazz Festival, Bude Jazz Festival, Swanage Jazz Festival, Upton Jazz Festival, Beckenham Music Festival, Birmingham Jazz Festival and many more.
As an educator, Richard has been involved in workshops and tutorials at various Universities and Music Colleges including Goldsmiths College, Trinity College of Music and the City of Birmingham Conservatoire, and was a resident professor of clarinet at Middlesex University for four years and professor of saxophone at The Centre For Young Musicians in London.