Rick Bogart - Jazz Clarinetist - From New Orleans to New York
BIO: Bogart received his formal classical training at Philadelphia's prestigious Curtis Institute of Music and North Texas State University. At age twelve Rick began his first formal lessons with a retired Big Band musician, Mr. Reader. Gumming the tenor sax that had been his mainstay throughout the Big Band days, Mr. Reader gave Rick a lesson in the blues ''before anything else''.
The Real Training ''Yes, I learned theory, harmony, composition, and all the rest,'' he says. But my real training was at the traditional but unofficial New Orleans School of Music. In Bogart's relentless quest to bring the clarinet back to the fore as a lead instrument, he has also been enamored with musician who can sing.
''As they say in New Orleans, 'lf you can sing, sing' So Bogart sings. As a musician-singer there is always that element of swing. ''I liked the way Thomas Jefferson sang – I could not get enough of it. I was so happy to play in his band and work with him night after night.
Bogart's selection of tunes are from what NEWSWEEK not long ago referred to as the ''classical music of the 20th century'. Among them are ''My Blue Heaven'' ''Don't be that Way'' ''Begin The Begiune'' .'On The Sunny Side Of The Street'' ''If I Could Be With You'' ''Exactly Like You, and ''Lady Be Good''. He is certainly appreciative of other styles, such as be-bop and avant-garde players.''The great players of the past inspired me by keeping the melody in mind. The big tone concept of sound. They had respect for the melody. They always tried to state the melody repeatedly so people would know.''
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The kind of infectious swing that catches the ear. —New York Daily News
Personality and facile fingers..the scene of free wheeling-foot responding partying. —New York Post
Bogart's tone was butter smooth and full throughout the range of his clarinet...technically adept, his rhythm accurate... great clarinet sound. —Cleveland Plain Dealer
Bogart's talent is rare. He plays everything fron New Orleans Jazz to pop standards with consummate ease and artistry. —Cleveland Plain Dealer
Few clarinettists headline in casinos, but then, few have the credentials of Rick Bogart. —Atlantic City Press
Bogart's claim to fame is his cool clarinet. —Atlantic City Press