Ken Mathieson
 
     
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[KEN MATHIESON]
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In the 1990s he presented a long-running radio series of popular music from around the world for BBC Radio Scotland, as well as contributing to jazz and general arts programmes. This coincided with a busy spell of free-lance work, where his stylistic versatility as a drummer kept him in demand for all kinds of work.

In 2004, he founded the Classic Jazz Orchestra to investigate and re-interpret the entire range of jazz styles from ragtime to hard bop, and this has provided a focus for his writing. The versatility and professionalism of the CJO’s members enables him to write without constraint and, with settled personnel, his writing is able to emphasise the strengths of individuals.

Favourite drummers include Big Sid Catlett, Jake Hanna, Osie Johnson, Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Louis Hayes and Billy Higgins, while favourite arrangers include Benny Carter, Neal Hefti, Duke Ellington, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Gil Evans.