The Riff is a UK-based, international, online magazine devoted to covering jazz, blues and related forms of contemporary music.


John Morrow

John is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Riff. He is a musicologist, photographer and underachieving flute and sax player. He also owns several guitars but has promised that he will never play them in public. Needless to say he is passionate about jazz.

He has been photographing bands since his undergraduate days and writing about music for decades.

John is a member of the National Union of Journalists (UK), the National Association of Press Photographers (USA) and The Royal Photographic Society (UK).

Photography Editor

Peter Goadby-Watt

Peter has been a professional photographer for over 28 years. Having graduated from Art College in 1987 he joined the BBC as a stills photographer. In 1990 he joined the Metropolitan Police as a Forensic Photographer in London. His photography and various roles have taken him all over the world. In 2014 he left the Met and decided to concentrate on his passion for environmental portraits and music photography.

US Editor

Richard “Skip” Barnes

Skip is an accomplished bassist and photographer living in Detroit, an unusually rich environment for some of the best musicians in the country. His love of jazz is deep and he has played everywhere in Michigan as well as many other parts of the USA.

Skip has had a guitar or camera in his hands since age 10 and will probably be buried with his upright if they can find a casket big enough.

Skip is a member of the National Press Photographers Association, Professional Photographer’s Association, and The Self Preservation Society.

Editorial Board

Dave Keech
Melody McClaren
Pete Myatt
John Thurlow
Martin Mathieson

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