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Richmond, Mike (Michael)

Richmond, Mike (Michael), bassist, educator, author; b. Philadelphia, PA, 26 February 1948. His mother was Anna (born July 10, 1907 in Philadelphia, PA / died May 17, 1985) and his father was Samuel (born May 13, 1897 in Philadelphia, PA / died April 7, 1977).

Mike went to Temple University 1966-1970, getting a BA in Classical Bass Performance & Music Ed. He studied with Edward Arian (Philadelphia Orchestra) 1966-1970, and with Jimmy Garrison (John Coltrane)1970-72. Mike's son Andrew Samuel Richmond was born August 22, 1984. Mike has held faculty positions at New York University 1987-present, Rutgers University 1997-present, and New School University 1992-present. He directed the Mingus Dynasty from 1980-83 (Charles died in 1979). He's performed and recorded with Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Horace Silver, Dizzy Gillespie, Elvin Jones, Joe Henderson, Jack DeJohnette, Lee Konitz, Gil Evans, Pat Metheny, Woody Herman, Hubert Laws, Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, Kenny Wheeler, Art Farmer, Benny Golson, Chet Baker, Sonny Stitt, Milt Jackson, Roland Kirk, Archie Shepp, Bobby Timmons, Roland Hanna, Tommy Flanagan, Jimmy Knepper, Kenny Barron, Clarke Terry, Phil Woods, Toots Thielemans, Marion McPartland, Chico Hamilton, Buddy DeFranco, Don Cherry, John Abercrombie, John Scofield, Les Paul, Randy Brecker, Billy Hart, Tom Harrell, Mike Brecker, Dave Liebman, Johhny Griffin, Bob Berg, Bob Brookmeyer, Henry Mancini, Astrud Gilberto, Archie Shepp, Michel Legrand, Quincy Jones, etc. He's appeared as a guest soloist with Ravi Shankar and South Indian Orchestra (1980), with the Cologne (Germany) Radio Big Band & Orchestra (1984-1996) and with the Bratislava Philharmonic (1994). He's appeared on over 150 recordings (12 as leader). He represented the United States as a guest lecturer at the International Symposium On Jazz Pedagogy in Mulhouse, France (sponsored by the French Cultural Ministry-1986). He's an advisor and clinician for the German and Swiss National Youth Jazz Orchestras, 1990-present. He acted and soloed in the Hamburg State Opera production of "Cosmopolitan Greetings" by Alan Ginsberg and George Gruntz (1987).

Dream Waves (1977); For Us (1978); Colours Of A Dream (1980); East Side/West Side (1980); Prayer For Peace (1985); Light Blues (1987); Horizons (1988); Basic Tendencies (1988); On The Edge (1988); Dance For Andy (1990); New Blues (1991); Blue In Green (1992)
As sideperson:
Miles Davis and Quincy Jones: Live in"Montreux (1991); Miles Davis: Complete Miles Davis At Montreux (1991); Stan Getz and Bob Brookmeyer Sextet: Academy of Jazz (1977); Stan Getz: Another World (1977), The Best of Stan Getz (1977), Poetry In Jazz (1977), The Essential Stan Getz (1977), New Collection (1977), Ballads And Bossa Nova (1977), This Is Jazz (1977), Jazzbuhne Berlin '78 (1978), The Lyrical Stan Getz (1978), Utopia (1978); Jack DeJohnette: Untitled (1976), New Rags (1977); Hubert Laws: Say It With Silence (1978), A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich (1978), My Time Will Come (1978); Mingus Dynasty: Live at Montreux (1980); Ravi Shankar: Jazzmine (1980); Dannie Richmond: Ode To Mingus (1979); George Adams & Dannie Richmond: Hand to Hand (1980), Gentleman's Agreement (1983); Gil Evans: Synthetic Evans (1976); Jimmy Knepper: 1st Place (1982); Lee Konitz: Round and Round (1988); Marvin Stamm: Mystery Man (1992); Roland Hanna: Gershwin, Carmichael & Cats (1982); Buddy DeFranco: Borinquin (1975); Richie Havens: The American Game (1978); Ben Sidran: Life's A Lesson: Go Jazz  (1993); Larry Schneider: Just Cole Porter (1991), Blind Date (1992); Chico Hamilton: Live at Montreux (1973); Jim McNeely: Rains Dance (1978), The Plot Thickens (1979), Winds of Change (1989); Jerry Bergonzi: I Ching Reading (1996); Walter Norris: From Another Star (1998); Keith Copeland and Kenny Barron: On Target (1993); Tom Harrell: Aurora (1976), Minds Ear (1978); Arnie Lawrence and Ram Ramirez: Renewal (1981); Arnie Lawrence: Treasure Island (1979); Franco Ambrosetti: Close Encounter (1978); Franco Ambrosetti with Phil Woods: Heartbop (1981); George Gruntz: Live 82 (1982), Serious Fun (1989), First Prize (1989), The First Ten Years (1989), Blues'N Dues (1991), Beyond Another Wall - Live In China (1992), Expo Triangle (1995), Mock-Lo-Motion (1995), Sins'N Wins'N Funs (1996), Live At Jazzfest Berlin (1998), Merryteria (1999) , Global Excellence (2000); George Gruntz with Joe Henderson, Lee Konitz, Kenny Wheeler: Happening Now (1987); George Gruntz with Elvin Jones: GGCJB (1978); George Gruntz and Alan Ginsberg:  Cosmopolitan Greetings (1992); Tom Varner: Jazz French Horn (1985), Covert Action (1987), The Mystery of Compassion (1992); Jackie Paris: Jackie Paris (1985), Nobody Else But Me (1988), Lucky To Be Me (1988), Love Songs (1989), The Intimate Jackie Paris (1999); Eric Kloss: Now (1978), Celebration (1979); Ted Curson: I Hear Mingus (1980),'Round Midnight (1980); David Lahm: The Highest Standards (1982), Be Somebody (1985); Andy Laverne: The Spirit of '76 (1976), Another World (1977), Mythology (1980), Another World Another Time (1998); Harris Simon & Michael Brecker: New York Connection (1977), Swish (1980); Elliot Zigmond: Dark Street (1993); Toshiko & Lew Tabackin: Salted Gingko Nuts (1978); Daniel Humair: Surrounded (1981); Bob Berg: New Birth (1978); Herb Geller: A Jazz Song Book (1988); Bostonian Friends with Randy Brecker: Peace For Africa (1992), Starlight (1996); Ingrid Sertso with Don Cherry & Karl Berger: Dance With It (1993); Jeanfranssois Prins & Lee Konitz: All Around Town (1997); Bill Watrous: Tiger of San Pedro (1975); Jimmy Madison: Bumps On A Smooth Surface (1977); Vic Juris: Bleecker St. (1981); Nana Vasconcelos: Asian Journal (1981); Vinni Cutro: Blues For The Optomist (1993); Bruce Foreman: 20/20 (1981); Mario Stanchev: un certain parfum (1984); Dan Wall: Song For The Night (1980); Grace Testani: Something's Coming (1995); Bill Warfield: New York City Jazz (1988), The City Never Sleeps (1992); Lisa Sokalov: Angel Rodeo (1993), Lazy Afternoon  (1999); Steve Giordano: Daybreak  (1979); Bennie Wallace: Sweeping Through the City (1984); John Stowell: Golden Delicious  (1977); Richard Sussman: Free Fall (19 78); Bobby Paunetto: Commit to Memory (1976), Composer In Public (1996), Reconstituted (1999); Emanuel Rahim: Total Submisssion (1980); Van Manakas: Love Songs (1980); Kaplan August Paterno: Liest Aus Der Bibel (1987); Simon Shaheen: The Music of Mahamed Abdel-Wahab (1990), Global Beat Of The Boroughs (2001); Chris Hunter: Scarboro Fair (1989), I Want You (1990), Goose The Pooche (2000); Barry Finnerty: Straight Ahead (1994); Tom Boras: Three Houses (1994); Theo Beckmann & Kirk Nuroch: Looking Glass River  (1995); Barry Wallenstein: In Case You Missed It (1994); Iiro Rantala: The Tango Kings  (1995); Jim Bowie: Planet Soup (1995); Tom Cohen: Tom Cohen Trio (1996); John Clark: I Will (1996); Lutz Hafner: Lutz Hafner (1997); Badal Roy: One In The Pocket (1997); World Music: Nomad Christmas (1997); Randy Sandke: Awakening (1988); Salvatore Tranchini: Radio Suite (1996); Claudio Angeleri: Europizzi (1996); Matt Hilgenberg: Rasa  (2000); Mark Weinstei n: Shifra Tanzt (2002); Jazzmania All-Stars: Jazz Dancer & The Bass Player (1995); Larry Gelb: The Language Of Blue (1982)

Television and films:
1965- present: TV appearances in USA on Tonight Show (Johnny Carson-1977)), Dick Cavett (ABC-1977)), Mike Douglas (NBC-1971)), PBS Miles Davis Special (1991); Also PBS tribute to 9/11/01 ("America In Healing") was broadcast live nationally (Public TV) from Riverside Church on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2001, and featured soloists from the Met Opera, classical instrumental (Joshua Bell), Broadway, dance, etc. He played in a duo setting with Simon Shaheen (oud). International TV: Europe, Asia, Africa, South America with Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Elvin Jones, Joe Henderson, Horace Silver, Gil Evans, etc. (1973-present)
Acted in the movie "Dirty Mouth" about Lenny Bruce (filmed 1969; released 1971)
Documentaries: with Stan Getz in Israel (1977); with George Gruntz and Kenny Wheeler in China (1992); with George Gruntz in Turkey (1998)
Also movie soundtracks from 1968-present

Unissued recordings:
Numerous unissued/unauthorized videos and recordings from radio and TV appearances

Works by Richmond:
Mike's bass method book Modern Walking Bass Technique (Ped Xing Music; 1983), is used in over 500 school systems and universities internationally
Wrote Article published in Bass World (International Society Of Bassists) 1984
Feature Interviews:
A. J. Smith: "Profile: Mike Richmond" Down Beat, xlv/13 (1978); Bass Player Magazine (1994); Bass World-International Society Of bassists (2000); Graduate & Doctoral Dissertations Internationally 1987-present

First Soloist Award at the Lycoming National College Jazz Festival (1968)
Grammy Award with the Philadelphia Orchestra/Classical Album of The Year (1970)
Esteemed Teacher Award-New York University (1991)
--Recording he was on with Miles Davis and Quincy Jones received the Grammy award in 1993 (was recorded in 1991)
Teacher Of the Year Award-New York University (1994)
--Of his solo recordings, "Dance For Andy" was a top "10" pick in 1991 by a European jazz magazine (don't remember which one). "Dream Waves" was a Downbeat pick in 1978. That same year he placed top "10" in string bass, electric bass, and composer (he had written four tunes that were on a popular Stan Getz recording (Another World) released that year, in addition to his tunes on "Dream Waves."


Contact information:
Michael  Richmond
1146  Anna Street
Teaneck, New  Jersey 07666-4805
Phone  (201) 833-4417 
Fax      (201) 837-7753

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