Pianist and composer, Richard Sears, has received commissions/grants from The Shed (2018), the Aaron Copland Fund (2015) and the Los Angeles Jazz Society (2013). He has appeared with the Billy Hart Quartet (ft. Mark Turner and Ben Street), the Muhal Richard Abrams Orchestra, Joshua Redman, Ravi Coltrane, Ralph Alessi, Eric Revis, and other jazz artists. His 2016 release Altadena features the legendary drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath performing with Richard’s sextet. The album earned 4 stars in DownBeat Magazine, and was named “one of the best releases of 2016” by AllAboutJazz.com. His latest release, Iron Year, features music composed since his move to New York in 2015. In addition to performing and teaching, Richard programs the “Open Ground” performance series at The Owl Music Parlor in Brooklyn to promote the work of friends, colleagues and like-minded artists.