is one of the busiest bass players in Los Angeles, reputed for his consistent,
solid musicianship, rich sound, and creative solos.
The ever-growing list of musicians and singers he's performed with at
festivals, concerts, nightclubs, and recording sessions is a veritable
Who's Who of the mainstream and traditional jazz worlds.
In 1995, he founded the UFO-BASS recording label, designed to document
the sounds of often-overlooked musicians on the West Coast.
UFO-BASS #1, Groove Therapy, rose quickly to become one of
the top five albums on L.A.s jazz radio station, KLON. A year later,
he produced Jazz for Thousand Oaks, a live concert recording
led by Buddy Collette. In 1998 he put out Covering the Basses,
and this summer, Pacific Standard Time, featuring Al Viola
and Sam Most.
Never at a loss for words, Richard demonstrates his wit and verbal agility
as a highly entertaining emcee and writer. He has hosted numerous jazz
events in Hawaii, Las Vegas, and California, authored liner notes, and
written articles for L.A. Jazz Scene, Windplayer and Bird
Richard is deeply committed to jazz education. As Vice President of JazzAmerica,
he has conduced Master Classses for high school musicians every summer,
and introductory jazz workshops for middle school students after school.