Rick Lazaroff began playing professionally when he was 14 years old. His first professional band was called The Snakes, a blues band that featured keyboard whiz Fred Mandel, who later went on to perform and record with Elton John, Queen, Pink Floyd and Alice Cooper.
Still in his teens, Rick began touring Ontario in many different bands playing many different styles. Playing Hard Rock with the David Matthews Band, (no, not the one that's so popular now) or playing Dance and Funk with Dancer, which featured well known Toronto vocalist, Chuck Jackson of Downchild Blues Band. Rick visited the stages of too many bars across the hinterlands of Canada. Rick Lazaroff 2006
The Santers Years
At the age of 22, with already eight years in the business, Rick joined with Rick and Mark Santers to form Santers, a power rock trio that produced four albums on the Ready Records label in Canada and several other labels throughout Europe, the U.S. and Japan. Santers toured extensively throughout Canada, the United States and England. Rick has appeared on Lee Aaron's first album and on a jazz album by guitarist Orhan Demir which garnered exceptional reviews from Option magazine (L.A.), Cadence (N.Y.), and Downbeat magazine (N.Y.).
A New Collaborator
In or around 1988, Rick and partner Darlene Watters put together a straight ahead Toronto styled hard rock band with Pete Swann and Mark Santers. This impressive line-up displaying the awesome guitar talent of Swann with the already polished rhythm section of Lazaroff and M. Santers, topped off with some truly amazing vocals by Ms. Watters, hurricaned through many clubs in southern Ontario. Not able to generate any serious industry interest for such a chop oriented band, all decided to part ways to pursue other commitments.