Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Stone, Rick (Richard John)
It was during the mid-seventies while attending college in his native Cleveland, that guitarist Rick Stone happened to tune in to a live broadcast of saxophonist Sonny Stitt. Totally absorbed by bebop, Rick soon realized that he would dedicate his life to playing jazz and on the advice of his music professor Dr. Joseph Howard he enrolled in the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Earning his degree in 1980, Rick moved back to Cleveland and then on to New York where he found a fertile and stimulating environment at Barry Harris' Jazz Cultural Theatre studying with the pianist and gaining valuable experience sitting in alongside venerated senior players like Tommy Flanagan, Art Blakey and Lionel Hampton. From 1986-88 he performed regularly with underground legend Clarence "C" Sharpe as a member of trumpeter Jimmy Robinson's All-Stars at the University of the Streets. Continuing his formal education at Queens College, Rick earned his Masters Degree under the tutelage of jazz masters Jimmy Heath, Ted Dunbar, Donald Byrd and Tony Purrone, and later studied privately with Hal Galper through an NEA Jazz Studies Grant.
By the late 80's Rick was organizing some impressive groups of his own. With sidemen like Junior Cook, Richard Wyands, Michael Formanek, Leroy Williams, Victor Gaskin, and Vernel Fournier, he began playing the Blue Note, Birdland, and other major venues. Soon he was being invited to perform at clubs and festivals throughout the region; One Step Down, Blues Alley, Rusty's, Rhythms, Tri-C JazzFest, and many others.
In addition to his work in clubs and on record, Rick has actively promoted public understanding and appreciation of the role of the guitar in jazz. His Tribute to the Masters of Modern Jazz Guitar is a special program celebrating the music of Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Raney, Kenny Burrell, Jim Hall and many others. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, Masters of Modern Jazz Guitar has been presented at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and other venues, with sidemen like Kenny Barron, Barry Harris, Ralph Lalama, Dennis Irwin, Kenny Washington and Leroy Williams. Rounding out Rick's resume is his work as a dedicated and inspiring jazz educator. He currently teaches at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Harbor Cultural Center, Hofstra University and the JazzMobile Workshop Program and has twice been invited to perform and speak at the International Association of Jazz Educators' Conference
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