Rick Hannah, jazz guitarist, was born in Philadelphia, USA, and raised in Baltimore. He started playing guitar at 12 years of age, playing rock and other pop music of the day. By the age of 19 he became exposed to jazz and funk and for the next 15 years played a combination of Jazz, Funk and Blues usually in a fusion format.
He moved to Los Angeles in 1976, where he tried to adapt to the musical culture, playing fusion music with such notables as Alphonse Mouzon, Bunny Brunel and Brian Auger. Searching for a deeper understanding of jazz music, Rick turned his attention to the roots of American Classic Jazz and began studying and playing that music exclusively. His last few years in LA were spent playing and recording with one of the best Jazz and R&B bands in the local area: the Billy Mitchell/John Bolivar group.
In 1996 he moved back to the East Coast where he formed a trio with Phil Cunneff and Tom Baldwin. Their collaboration results in two CDs: Oui Bop and Encore Oui Bop. Oui Bop was released in 2000 and distributed by the British label String Jazz. The British label Mainstem Records released Encore Oui Bop in 2006.
In 2005 Rick moved across the Big Pond to settle in Strasbourg, France, where he currently lives. He formed his French Trio with Thomas Laedlein-Greilsammer and Gerald Muller, and in 2008 produced their CD Going Forward. Rick also released his American Trio's 2005 recording The Beatles Project - a tribute to Rick's first influence in music, The Beatles!.
Mêlant accords et notes aux attaques nettes, il nous développe son jazz, très mainstream, racé, haut de gamme, chic et élégiaque sans être triste, ce jazz qui nous charme depuis toujours et sait être d’aujourd’hui. (unofficial translation - Attacking chords and notes with equal precision, he develops his jazz - mainstream, first-rate, classy, chic, elegiac but not sad - jazz that has never lost its charm or its timeliness) Michel Bedin, www.agitato.net