Pianist Richard Sears possesses an original voice as an improvisor and composer. His composition has been recognized by grants from the Aaron Copland Fund and the Los Angeles Jazz Society. As a performer, Richard has appeared with the likes of Chick Corea, Mark Turner, Muhal Richard Abrams, Joshua Redman, and Billy Hart. His most recent release, Altadena, features the legendary drummer, Albert Tootie Heath performing with Richards sextet. Altadena earned 4 stars in Downbeat Magazine, and was named one of 2016s best release by AllAboutJazz.
This performance will feature original compositions, as well as selections from Andrew!!!, the landmark recording by pianist and composer, Andrew Hill.
"Much in the way classic hard bop married uptempo and soulful grooves, Sears’ [quintet] runs with a modern sound but gives it all the energy and heart of the musical past." -David Sumner, BandCamp Daily