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Rick Bogart

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.

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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

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