American jazz master, composer/pianist/educator Claire Ritter, is a multiple award recipient, and among the most successful Thirdsteam synthesis of jazz & classical musics author Ed Hazel/Wikipedia Encyclopedia. In 2014 Ritter was the recipient of an artist grant awarded by the NC Arts & Science Council, her fourth, as well as a previous NC Arts Council Composer Fellowship recipient. AllAboutJazz describes Ritter as an under sung Master, with each engaging melody buffed up like a little jewel. JazzTimes notes the music as painterly exquisite & poetic. Beginning with the great Mary Lou Williams at Duke University in the 1970s, Ritter has studied, worked, performed, and recorded with the best, which includes over a decade and half of work with MacArthur Grant 'Genius' Fellow, Ran Blake at New England Conservatory in Boston, where she taught her Contemporary Songwriting in the Contemporary Improvisation Department during the 1990s. The economic song-like quality & harmonic sophistication of her tunes are hallmarks of Ritter's style, described by Owen Cordle/JazzTimes, News & Observer, as direct, succinct & skillful - like the NC born pianist/composer, Thelonious Monk's style.
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Every new idea coming at you quickly, every tight, engaging melody buffed up
like a little jewel - Dan McClenaghan, AllAboutJazz.
Applying splashes of color, dabs of contrast and subtly adjusting tempo and
dynamics to create masterful soundscapes - Nancy Ann Lee, JazzTimes.
direct, succinct, & skillful - like the NC born pianist/composer Thelonious
Monk's style - Owen Cordle, writer for JazzTimes/ Raleigh News & Observer
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