Richard Sears

Piano – Jazz Institute, Advanced Package, Jazz Camp Package


rooklyn-based pianist and composer Richard Sears began his relationship with SJW as a Jazz Camper long ago, but soon progressed to faculty member and Stanford Jazz Festival performing artist. His astonishing command of the piano, jazz theory, improvisation, and creativity make Richard a favorite SJW instructor year after year.

Richard has received commissions/grants from The Shed (2018), the Aaron Copland Fund (2015) and the Los Angeles Jazz Society (2013). He has appeared with the Billy Hart Quartet (ft. Mark Turner and Ben Street), the Muhal Richard Abrams Orchestra, Joshua Redman, Ravi Coltrane, Ralph Alessi, Eric Revis, and other jazz artists. His 2016 release Altadena features the legendary drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath performing with Richard’s sextet. The album earned 4 stars in DownBeat Magazine, and was named “one of the best releases of 2016” by His latest release, Iron Year, features music composed since his move to Brooklyn in 2015. In addition to performing and teaching, Richard curates the “Open Ground” performance series at The Owl Music Parlor in Brooklyn to promote the work of friends, colleagues and like-minded artists.

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