After a performing and recording career with RCA pop, vocal group, the Match, he relocated to far northern part of California to raise a family and to pursue opportunities to compose for the theatre and the educational choral field. Jazz has always been a major influence on Richard’s musical endeavors and in 2007 he recorded his first solo CD featuring standards from the Great American Songbook and two original compositions. His new CD, “Collaborations” features all original vocal jazz compositions.
1) Umbrella in the Rain is a first rate composition, both melodically and lyrically. It could stand alongside any jazz standard. If the rest of the album is up to the standard set by this piece, it should do very well. - Taxi 12/3/10
2) Classy, smooth, sophisticated and elegant, Richard Derwingson does a wonderful brand of vocal Jazz that accents his rich voice. His original compositions are of such an honest nature one can't help but immediately be swept in. - Peter Braidis, Indie-Music.com, 11/07/10
3) I very much enjoyed working on this project of Richard's music