About

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Brooklyn based pianist, Richard Sears, possesses an original voice as an improvisor and composer. His composition has been recognized by grants from the Aaron Copland Fund and the Los Angeles Jazz Society. As a performer, Richard has appeared with the likes of Chick Corea, Mark Turner, Muhal Richard Abrams, Joshua Redman, and Billy Hart.  His most recent release, “Altadena”, features the legendary drummer, Albert “Tootie” Heath performing with Richard’s sextet. “Altadena” earned 4 stars in Downbeat Magazine, and was named “one of 2016’s best release” by AllAboutJazz. Richard continues to perform and teach internationally, and curates the “Open Ground” performance series in Brooklyn to promote the work of his colleagues.

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“Great jazz performances take a listener to a realm that’s both intimately familiar and bracingly new. This exceptional young trio led by Los Gatos-raised pianist Richard Sears dwells in that sweet spot between tradition and discovery. While many of his contemporaries are casting a wide net for influences, Sears and his bandmates are savvy post-bop explorers dedicated to expanding the jazz idiom from within.” 

– Andrew Gilbert writes for the  San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury

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“Sears’ pianistic concept is fully realized, with an austere, Brahms-ian chordal sense and clarity of purpose in his improvised melodies. His confidence boosted by the implicit affirmation of inclusion in bands by Billy Hart, Mark Turner, Ben Street, Tootie Heath, and Roy McCurdy, Sears has successfully migrated to Brooklyn and recorded his debut, Skyline, on the well-respected label Fresh Sound Records.”

 Gary Fukushima | LA Weekly

 

Richard Sears is a fierce young pianist – exploding with technique, energy, and art

– Brick Wahl | LA Weekly