Composer/Arranger/Producer RICHARD NILES has contributed to over 40 hits in pop, R&B, rock and jazz. For his work with artists as diverse as Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, James Brown, Cher, Pat Metheny, Bob James, Swing Out Sister, Bob Mintzer, Kiri Te Kanawa, John Patitucci, Tina Turner and Dusty Springfield, Niles has been called “one of the most versatile men in modern music.” Niles received a PhD from Brunel University and is a BBC broadcaster and published author.
BANDZILLA was formed in 1985 after Niles arranged Slave To The Rhythm for Grace Jones, creating large, funky jazz orchestra. The debut album Blue Movies was released in 1989 after 10 weeks as the house band for a British TV series featuring American comedienne, Ruby Wax.
Since then, Niles and his virtuoso fusion orchestra have performed and recorded with Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, Jane Monheit, Kylie Minogue, Westlife, Pet Shop Boys, Michael McDonald, Deniece Williams, Pat Kane, Kid Creole and Michael Ball.
The next album BANDZILLA RISES!!! was released 2017. It was recorded all over the world and featured performances from Grammy winning trumpeter Randy Brecker and pop icon Leo Sayer as well as some of the finest jazz musicians in London. The acclaimed album was featured by Dave Koz on his show, The Dave Koz Lounge on Sirius XM.
“Richard Niles is a great orchestrator and musician.” Paul McCartney
“richard, bandzilla rises!!! sounds great – you are the one and only you and you’ve done it again here!” Pat Metheny – 20x Grammy winning guitarist/composer
” a really well crafted work… great production, conception and playing from all concerned!” Randy Brecker – multi-Grammy winning jazz composer and trumpet player
“Very nice! Super fonky! Congrats on a very cool project.” Bob Mintzer – Composer, saxophonist, educator
“Wow! Some pretty hip stuff here, Man! 🙂 Very entertaining and a very cool new way of treating the big band genre. Bravo! Dave Koz – 9x Grammy nominated Saxophonist
“Bandzilla Rises!!! is a sumptuous tour de force, with a hip, lavish sound. ” Michael Gibbs – Composer/arranger, educator (Jaco Pastorious, Gary Burton, Chick Corea)
“Richard…. You’re one very cool cat…. Fantastic! Congratulations on an amazing album. Such incredible playing, music, arrangements, production… Wow!” Martin Taylor MBE – multi-Grammy nominated guitarist
“Bandzilla is a monster in every way – monster charts performed by monster players and singers. A monster joy to listen to!” Chris Walden – 7x Grammy nominated composer, arranger (Michael Bublé, Diana Krall)
“Every musician on the planet is going to want a copy of this!”
Don Was – Grammy winning Producer, President BLUE NOTE RECORDS
“It’s a masterpiece of contemporary music… the music world needs this recording now more than ever!” Danny Gottlieb – Grammy winning drummer, (Pat Metheny, Stan Getz, John McLaughlin, Blues Bros., Gil Evans)
“WOW!!!! I love the music, really creative and well performed. Awesome work!”
Bill Champlin – singer, songwriter (Chicago, Earth Wind & Fire)
“ABSOLUTELY KNOCKOUT! Your imagination and unbelievable skill are truly awe inspiring! The production is truly beautiful and the MUSICIANSHIP throughout is a joy to behold. I am charmed, truly stimulated and astounded by your talent. It’s a major recording and it’s glorious!” Gary Husband – drummer/pianist/composer (John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham)
“Great album! Richard Niles is one of the premier composers/arrangers of our time!”
Peter White – Guitarist and composer
“Bandzilla Rises!!! is a knockout! Great writing, grooves and musicianship all ’round. I’ve always been a fan of Richard Niles and this album has reminded me why. Hugely recommended!” Claire Martin – UK Jazz vocalist and BBC Radio 3 presenter
“To hear his innovative, uncensored and genius arrangements unleashed in Bandzilla is like a wonderfully bonkers rollercoaster journey into Richard Niles’ expansive musical brain – always brilliant, often challenging musically and gloriously wacky!”
Steve Anderson – Producer/Songwriter (Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears)
“Richard Niles is one of the most innovative, creative and musical composer/arrangers of our time. BANDZILLA RISES!!! is fresh, inspiring and very funky!” Blake Aaron – Guitarist and radio host
“This is awesome and hip… !! Richard Niles has more talent than 99 percent of all the jazz cats with big names that do the same standards over and over and over again”
David Chesky – Grammy nominated orchestral composer, pianist , founder Chesky Records
“Richard Niles’ Bandzilla delivers three knockout punches: great writing, great playing and great production. No one else is doing things at this level of creativity and craft. Everyone needs to hear this record.”
Matthew Nicholl – Berklee College of Music, Chair, Contemporary Writing & Production
“Guitarist and composer Richard Niles’ latest release BANDZILLA RISES!!! is a masterpiece! Great compositions and arrangements played by some of the best musicians on the planet. Check it out!” Mark Egan, bassist/composer
“With BANDZILLA RISES!!! Richard Niles has created something new and wonderful –virtually impossible in today’s world. The writing, arranging and production and performances are nothing short of breathtaking.This music is and always will be important, relevant and above all beautiful. I truly love this record.” Dann Glenn – Orchestral composer, guitarist & actor
“Well done everyone….classy, sassy…and insanely accomplished!”.
Corinne Drewery – Swing Out Sister
“Fantastic musicianship, Bandzilla, grooves and swings in many musical directions. Richard Niles is a super arranger and the cast of performers here is dazzling, energetic, warm, funny and greatly entertaining.”
Lauren Passarelli – professor Berklee College of Music – songwriter, guitarist, producer
“BANDZILLA RISES!!! is jaw-droppingly amazing, yet with so much heart – a total musical pleasure with wonderful musical surprises throughout. To be very musically advanced without being esoteric is a balance that is rarely achieved.” Carl Orr – guitarist/composer (Billy Cobham, Geoge Duke, Randy Brecker)