born in 1995, drummer, composer, arranger and conductor. Despite his young age, Riddell has already left his mark on the Danish jazz scene with many different soloists and orchestras. He is a distinctive big band drummer and in his work with various big bands and orchestras has played with Danish and international soloists: Caro Emerald, Sinne Eeg, Kira Skov, Maria Lucia, Andrea Motis, ANOHNI, Gunhild Carling, Karmen Rõivassepp, Dario Campeotto, Bobo Moreno, Pede B, Lars Møller, Jakob Buchannan, Nikolai Bøgelund, Wycliffe Gordon, Julien Argüelles, Pierre Bertrand-Cagnes, Palle Mikkelborg, Jukkis Uotila and many more.
In 2020, John Riddell conducted the Aarhus Jazz Orchestra for the project “High Score – The sound of the history of computer games” with computer game music for big bands. In addition to conducting the orchestra at two sold-out concerts in collaboration with the Festival of the Century, Riddell arranged most of the music and composed the concert program with accompanying visuals and stories from computer game researcher Andreas Lieberoth.
Riddell has studied at the Jutland Conservatory of Music, where he specializes in big band music and has achieved a characteristic and precise drumming. In addition, he has studied in New York with the masters John Riley, Adam Nussbaum and Dennis Mackrel, and received instruction in big band arrangements from Jens Christian “Chappe” Jensen and Nikolai Bøgelund.
In addition, Riddell handles practical, organizational and artistic tasks at the Aarhus Jazz Orchestra as a project employee. He leads and conducts the Danish Youth Jazz Orchestra, which is a talent development base for young jazz musicians in the Central Jutland Region and is also active as organizer and conductor for various projects.