Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Ritz, Beverly (Mae)
Ritz, Beverly (Mae), b. Washington, D.C., 18 January 1951. She is a highly respected pianist, composer/lyricist, and music educator. Since 1983, she has been writing and recording jazz, blues, and world music. Her latest CD, By Rowdy Creek, has received airplay across the United States and in Europe and Japan. This solo piano album is enthusiastically recommended by jazz pianist/composers, Jessica Williams and George Kahn, as well as jazz record producer, Tim Merritt.
Hundreds of concerts and club dates in assorted venues from jazz festivals & top name jazz clubs to community colleges, restaurants, and radio stations. Ritz's repertoire features "West Coast Cool" and her original music.
Recorded 7 albums and one single. Published 15 pieces of sheet music and two children's sing-along books sold with text and cassette: Urseala: Song for a Baby Seal and At the Jetty: The Jetty Cat Song. The single, Someday, also is the title track of a movie.
After teaching for 10 years in Southern California, Ritz has held an instructor position at Southwestern Oregon Community College since 1999 and at Northern California's College of the Redwoods since 2003.
Originally from Washington, D.C., Ritz began her recording career in Santa Monica Canyon, California in the 1980s, where she initially established Goldie Mae Records & Ritzy Music, ASCAP. However, in the mid-80s, as Ritz saw the environment fade and meanwhile discovered that her recordings were being broadcast in northern Oregon, she followed her music to the Pacific Northwest. A stint in Seattle prompted her to write and record "Herschel, Sea Lion," "Discovery Park," and "Walk Away From The Blues" (Goldie Mae Records, 1986). Relocating to Nedonna Beach on the northern Oregon coast, she suddenly became immersed in defending and befriending countless animals who approached her, needing help. Not only did she come to their aid, but she immortalized them in songs and children's books. Both Songs For Wildlife (Goldie Mae Records, 1989) and her first CD, Tango, Where Did The Time Go? (Goldie Mae Records, 2001), contain winsome rivers of melodies inspired by animals and nature. Yet Ritz points to the first recording featuring a 6'7" grand piano, By Rowdy Creek (Goldie Mae Records, 2006), as the ultimate palette of music for dreaming. Following the release of this album, she was featured at Brookings, Oregon's first jazz festival, performing with world-class sax player, Paul Biondi, and his band. Also in Brookings, she played piano with a sextet in the concert given by Tower of Power's Mick Gillette.
In 2007, she is busy distributing By Rowdy Creek and lining up concert dates. She would like to follow her music around the world! The CDs can be found at
By Rowdy Creek (Goldie Mae Records, 2006)
Tango, Where Did the Time Go? (Goldie Mae Records, 2001)
A Season of Faith (Goldie Mae Records, 1995)
A Season of Hope (Goldie Mae Records, 1994)
Oh, What a Beautiful Morning (Goldie Mae Records, 1992)
Songs for Wildlife (Goldie Mae Records, 1989)
Walk Away From the Blues (Goldie Mae Records, 1986)
Someday (Goldie Mae Records, 1983), Movie Title Track & Single
Arizona: RadioFreeExile.com in Mesa
Arkansas: On Time Christian Radio Network on KABF in Little Rock; KASU at Arkansas St. U.
California: 21st Century Audits.com in Manhattan Beach; KCBX in San Luis Obispo; KCSB in Santa Barbara; KCSM in San Mateo; KHSU in Arcata; KKUP in Cupertino;
KPOD in Crescent City; www.netteradio.com
in L.A.; www.humboldtmusic.com in Arcata
Florida: WELE in Deland
Georgia: Mountain Free Music (Independent Radio) in Dehlonega
Indiana: Lady Pantheress Radio in Terre Haute
Iowa: KYNA/TodaysJazz.net in Des Moines
Kansas: High Plains Public Radio in Garden City; KSJF in Salina
Michigan: Smack FM in Wyoming
New Mexico: DVD-productions.us in Roswell
New York: WAER in Syracuse; WLIX in Centereach
North Carolina: Uptown Jazz Network in Greensboro
Oregon: JPR in Ashland; KLCC in Eugene; KMUN in Astoria; KYSJ in Coos Bay
South Carolina: theKatandEye.com in North Charleston
Texas: Spirit Within New Age Radio in Lubbock
Virginia: Fredio.com in Richmond
Washington: KAOS in Olympia; KBSC in Bellevue; KPLU (NPR) in Tacoma
Overseas: Love FM in Japan; radio stations in Norway, Germany, and The Netherlands
Played piano with sextet in world-class trumpet player Mick Gillette's concert in Brookings, Ore.
Performed with world-class sax player, Paul Biondi, and world-class guitarist, Buster B. Jones, in jazz festival in Brookings, Ore.
Composed music and performed with world-class jazz guitarist, Phil Mack, in variety of concerts and club dates in Oregon & California, from December, 2000 to October, 2004
The Red Sea Jazz Club in Santa Monica, Calif.
Trianon Jazz Club in Portland, Ore.
Beaurivage Restaurant in Malibu, Calif.
Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Bel Air Country Club in Bel Air, Calif.
Crescent City Cultural Center in Crescent City, Calif.
Veterans' Memorial Hall in Crescent City, Calif. - Benefit for Hurricane Victims
Pistol River Friendship Hall in Pistol River, Ore.
Rowdy Creek Yacht Club in Smith River, Calif.
Acoustic Blends Coffee House grand opening in Brookings, Ore.
College of the Redwoods in Crescent City, Calif.
Southwestern Oregon Community College in Brookings, Ore.
Elk Valley Casino in Crescent City, Calif.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
Society of Singers
International Association of Jazz Educators
Awards, Honors and Commissions
Listed in Lewis Porter's Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
ASCAP Writer's Award for nine years
Letter of Commendation from www.Petfinder.com: Benefit for Hurricane Victims' Animals
Invitation to Inauguration of President Jimmy Carter
World of Poetry Award: Poor Mister Gray
Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, first place: And Then You Touch Me
Alley Cat Allies commission to write The Official National Feral Cat Day Song
Education and Training
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Honors, Michigan State University
Associate of Arts in Music with Honors, Santa Monica College
Trained in classical and jazz piano, cello, guitar, and voice