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Germanson, Rick (Richard James)

Germanson, Rick (Richard James), pianist; b. Milwaukee, WI, 29 May 1972. Rick's parents, Kenneth Anthony (b. Aug 8, 1929) and Ann Elizabeth (b. Feb 11, 1930) sparked his interest in classical piano. He started studying jazz piano with at age 17 and started working professionally at 19 in Milwaukee and Chicago, IL. Rick earned a BA in Economics UW-Milwaukee 1995.

In 1996, Rick won First Place in the American Pianists Association Jazz Competition. In 1998 Rick, moved to New York to pursue his MA at Manhattan School of Music and study with Jaki Byard.

Rick soon became and in-demand pianist as a sideman in groups led by the following: trumpeters Brian Lynch, Tom Harrell, Eddie Henderson, Jeremy Pelt, and Jim Rotondi; saxophonists Frank Morgan, Donald Harrison, Vincent Herring, Gary Bartz, and Sherman Irby.; drummers Jimmy Cobb, Louis Hayes, Mickey Roker, Ralph Peterson, and Carl Allen; trombonists; Slide Hampton, Frank Lacy, and Steve Davis; and vocalists Marlena Shaw, Kevin Mohagany and Carla Cook.

Heights (2003)
As sideperson:
Louis Hayes and The Cannonball Legacy Band: Dreamin' of Cannonbal (2002); Brian Lynch featuring Jimmy Cobb: Do That Make You Mad (2002); Jeremy Pelt: Insight (2003)

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