Richard Drexler

Excerpt from UCF Music —

Multi-instrumentalist, composer/arranger and producer Richard Drexler, an Illinois native, has been based in Florida since 1985 and is now on the road frequently with the Jeff Berlin Trio. A couple of long house pianist stints kept him busy for nine years in the Tampa Bay area, where he performed with many visiting artists. More recently he has done some touring with the Jeff Berlin Trio and with the Woody Herman Orchestra and trombonist John Allred, among others. He has been working as bassist in the Kenny Drew Jr. trio and regularly appearing as a bassist or pianist/vocalist in the jazz clubs of central Florida. Singers he has accompanied include Mel Torme, Tony Bennett, Frankie Laine, Bob Dorough, Mose Allison, Roseanna Vitro, Vic Damone, Al Jarreau, Connie Francis, Dena DeRose and Karrin Allyson.

He has been active in the studios, appearing on dozens of CDs ranging from salsa to avant-garde to country and western to the thrash metal group Saigon Kick. He has assisted guitarist/composer/producer Richie Zellon on much of the Songosaurus label catalog, devoted to jazz fused with South American rhythms. On these projects he has recorded with Bob Mintzer, Paquito dRivera, Jerry Bergonzi, Gato Barbieri, Claudio Roditi, Alex Acuna and others.

Richard produced his first album of originals, Flaming Spirit in 1978 with Dave Liebman, Tom Harrell, Steve laSpina and Clay Hulet. The list of noted jazz musicians Richard has gigged with runs in the hundreds. His playing has had very favorable reviews in magazines such as Jazz TimesDown BeatJazz Improv and Jazziz, and in dozens of online publications.

A major direction in his music has been combining classical music with jazz and Latin forms, as in his Songosaurus CD Senor Juan Brahms and arrangements of works by Mahler, Chopin and other composers.

"I have heard the future of Jazz, and it is Richard Drexler", Eric Addeo, Joel Chriss and Company, Jazz Times Magazine, 2004.