“Richard Sears is a fierce young pianist – exploding with technique, energy, and art”
– Brick Wahl | LA Weekly
“A man of mood, color, and originality…pianist Richard Sears stands out as a composer”
– Greg Burk | MetalJazz.com, LA Weekly, LA Times
“Richard Sears is a highly inventive pianist, possessing a bold and lyrical approach to improvisation and composition. Whether leading performances of his own music or acting as an accompanist in a more traditional jazz context, Sears performs with a captivating sense of grace and adventure. Certainly someone to keep and ear on!”
-Drew Tewksbury | NPR
Richard Sears is an American jazz pianist and composer, living in Los Angeles, California. Richard has had the distinction of playing with Chick Corea, Mark Turner, Joshua Redman, Tootie Heath, Billy Hart, Ben Street, Chuck Israels, Roy McCurdy, Ambrose Akinmusire, John Ellis, Putter Smith, and Azar Lawrence. In 2013 he was commissioned by the Los Angeles Jazz Society to compose a suite of music to honor and feature legendary jazz drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath, which premiered at the Angel City Jazz Festival in October of 2013. Richard competed as one of five finalists in the both the 2012 and 2013 International Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competitions. In 2010 he was featured at the inaugural “Direct to Disc” performance series presented by Stones Throw Records – later released on vinyl by Stones Throw. Currently, Richard serves on faculty at the Stanford Jazz Workshop and Renaissance Arts Academy in Los Angeles.