Ian Ritchie (producer)

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Ian Ritchie performs at the Malta Jazz Festival in July 2006.

Ian Ritchie is a composer, producer, arranger and saxophonist. He was the producer of Roger Waters' album Radio Kaos, along with other recordings with Laurie Anderson (Strange Angels), Pete Wylie (Sinful), Hugh Cornwell (Wolf) and The Big Dish (Swimmer).[1] During the 1980s he collaborated with British singer/songwriter Gary Numan.

Ritchie is married to the jazz and cabaret performer Holly Penfield.

Ritchie is also the composer of "The Globe Trekker Theme" (previously known as "The Lonely Planet Theme"), the theme music of the travel show Globe Trekker.

He is a member of the Liverpool-based theatre rock group Deaf School[2] and has released a number of singles in the 1980s under the name Miro Miroe. His saxophone playing can be heard on "See the Day" by D. C. Lee, "Club Tropicana" by Wham, "C'est La Vie" by Robbie Nevil and on his debut jazz album Ian Ritchie's SOHO Project.

In 2006–2008 Ritchie toured as saxophonist with Roger Waters as part of the backing band on the Dark Side of the Moon Live tour.[3] In 2010 he toured Europe with Australian Progressive Rock band Unitopia.

In 2013 Ritchie released South of Houston, a second jazz album under his own name. He has produced an album for the dance group URUBU and performs with them. Other groups Ritchie plays with include The Blue Jays (50's rock 'n' roll), The Holly Penfield band (jazz/cabaret), Tina T's Smooth Soul (soul/r&b/house) and the Crown Moran Allstars (jazz), who also have an eponymous album written and produced by Ritchie.


  • Paradiso (1998)
  • Ian Ritchie's SOHO Project (33 Jazz, 2007)
  • The Chance Element with John Ashton Thomas (2009)
  • The Harry Waters Band, Harry Waters 2009
  • The Crown Moran Allstars (2011)
  • South of Houston (2013)

Other artists[edit]

  • Radio K.A.O.S. - Roger Waters (1987) - Producer; also credited for "piano, keyboards, tenor saxophone, Fairlight programming, drum programming"


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