Born: October 23, 1961 Primary Instrument: Piano
Rick DellaRatta Jazz Pianist, Vocalist Composer
Rick DellaRatta is now considered by many to be one of the finest Singer/Pianists performing today and one of only a handful of Jazz Artists who can make a successful musical presentation to a large audience without having to abandon the true art form of Jazz. Through his life long endeavor to help advance people to their highest potential through the understanding of Jazz as well as spreading peace worldwide through his Jazz for Peace World Tour, Rick DellaRatta is considered to be an innovator and a visionary. The Rick DellaRatta Trio features Jazz greats Lenny White, Eddie Gomez & Rick DellaRatta.
His unique and original piano playing and composing has been compared in print to Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner, Keith Jarrett, Joe Zawinul, Horace Silver, Oscar Peterson and Thelonious Monk while his signature vocal sound and style has been likened to Chet Baker, Billy Holiday, Joao Gilberto, Ivan Lins, Michael Franks and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Dr. Billy Taylor put Ricks impact in perspective when commenting on Ricks Thought Provoking CD - he said: Rick DellaRatta is one of the people who is taking Jazz to the next level.
RECORDINGS Rick's latest CD Jazz for Peace features Rick with some of the greatest names in Jazz along with the London Symphony Orchestra. Other cd's of Ricks include an intimate solo album entitled, Alone Togethera holiday cd Jazz at Christmas Time! and a double cd that was recorded live in concert both in Fortaleza, Brazil and The Blue Note Jazz Club in NYC entitled Live in Brazil & The Blue Note. DellaRatta switches gears to the classical genre with his symphonic composition Permutata which was recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra on the MMC label under the direction of Roger Briggs. Thought Provoking, his CD released in June 1997 on Stella Records, features Eddie Gomez on bass, Dave Liebman on saxophone, and Lenny White on drums. Jazz Times noted that DellaRatta displays his burgeoning talents ...featuring his youthful sounding vocals, energized keyboard skills and prowess as a composer. Thought Provoking follows Take It or Leave It, DellaRatta's debut CD. With his swinging piano style and sultry vocals, he brings new life to jazz standards and captivates with his own unique, avant-garde compositions. According to Cadence Magazine, Rick's debut CD makes music that orbits between cool and boppish... with vocals that really capture a listener's attention. Also released in 1998 is a music video of the haunting single Living Inside a Daydream, from the Thought Provoking CD.
MUSICIANS Rick DellaRatta has been touring with his trio including Jazz Greats Eddie Gomez and Lenny White as well as leading successful performances with Jazz Legends Dave Leibman, Paquito D'Rivera, Rufus Reid, Billy Hart, Bobby Watson, Nick Brignola, Sonny Fortune, Elliot Zigmund, Idris Muhhamad and Al Foster.
AWARDS DellaRatta has been honored with awards such as The 2000 MAC Award for Recording Of The Year for his double album live CD release titled Live in Brazil & The Blue Note. Rick was also a 1998 and 1999 ASCAP Popular Award Winner as well as the 1997 Back Stage Bistro Award Winner for outstanding singer/instrumentalist and was a Mac award nominee for outstanding jazz artist. The award winning Singer/Instrumentalist has also agreed to an exclusive endorsement deal with Earthworks Microphones. After receiving a Masters in music at the New England Conservatory, Rick toured with Herb Reed and The Platters throughout the Caribbean, Bahamas, Bermuda, Mexico and Jamaica. He also toured as pianist with the Artie Shaw Orchestra throughout the U.S. and Canada, and as opening act and MC for jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie. A native of upstate New York, Rick now resides in New York City. Rick DellaRatta's achievements as a world class musician as well as his musical message through Jazz to create peace and sharpen the minds of all mankind to it's highest potential were summed up recently when he was referred to as Mr. Jazz by President George W. Bush.