Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Richbourg, Rick (Richard P.)
Richbourg, Rick (Richard P.), guitarist, composer; b. Pensacola, FL, 12 April 1955. His father (born Earl Wayne Richbourg, 1924) is an avid had jazz enthusiast and mother (born Mary Alyce McNabb,1932-1992) was a former tap and jazz-dance instructor.
Rick had piano lessons from age 10-11 and began playing drums in the junior high school marching band. Rick continued to play drums and percussion in both the high school Marching and Concert bands. He studied music theory in John B. Eddy in 1971 and then taught himself how to play the guitar. By 1972 he played guitar in the Jazz ensemble at Woodham High School. After studying jazz guitar privately with Frank Montenero, be began performing supper-club, jazz and rock gigs locally. In 1975, Rick enrolled in the Music Department at Pensacola Junior College, where in 1976 he respected Dr. Robert Whitmore's suggestion to attend Berklee. He graduated Berklee College of Music 1978 where he earned a BA in Composition. In addition to his jazz fusion compositions, Rick has also written traditional music pieces including: a Symphonic Tone Poem for full Orchestra, a Piano Sonata and works in smaller forms. Since the late 1970's Rick has instructed college bound students in both jazz guitar and music theory. Rick has remained active as a guitarist, arranger and as a composer. He has performed as both a sideman and group leader and in a variety of styles- including Musical Director for Johnny Thunder, sideman for numerous fifties acts and featured guitarist in the national touring act Sporty. Rick has performed in jazz and rock clubs throughout the United States and overseas.Rick is married to Jeanne Varley Richbourg and now resides in Orlando FL. The rest of his family still lives in Pensacola.
Life is for the Living (2002); Countless hours of guitar tracks for jingles and local commercials; About 10 hours of private tapes for various fledgling recording artists 1978-1979; About 12 uninsured tape recordings for now defunct record label circa 1974 - 1978.