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Rick Cutler: Bio

Rick has been playing drums since the age of 5 1/2 & keyboards since his teens. He studied both at the Julliard School as well as with jazz great Chick Corea.
He has performed in many Broadway shows including Hair, The Wiz, Candide, They're Playing Our Song, Woman of the Year & Seesaw.
He has written much music for TV, Film & Radio. Some of his work in this field include the Emmy-nominated theme for Dateline NBC, Later Today on NBC, the theme for the New York Yankees on MSG Cable & the Outlaws & Lawmen mini-series on the Discovery chanel.
For 18 years, he served as keyboardist & musical director for tap dance legend Gregory Hines. His composition, "Boom" was choreographed by Mr. Hines & performed at the nationally televised Gala For The President with President & Mrs. Clinton in attendance. He was also the composer of all of the original music for The Gregory Hines Show on CBS.
He was one of the original percussionists for Leonard Bernstein's "Mass" which was written & performed for the opening of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He performs on the original recording of that piece with Mr. Bernstein conducting.
For 8 years he toured the world as 1st keyboardist & then drummer (&, on a few occasisons, conductor) for Liza Minnelli. He performed in her Tony-winning Broadway show, "Liza's At The Palace" as well as on the Grammy-nominated cast recording.
He has also played on countless TV & Radio commercials & themes. Some of the artists he has performed & recorded with include Michael Franks, Noel Pointer, Stevie Van Zandt, Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Don Rickles, Billy Eckstine, Gloria Gaynor, Rodney Dangerfield, Regis Philbin, Donna Summer, Larry Coryell, Jon Lucien, Johnny Hartman, Savion Glover, Perry Farrell (of Jane's Addiction), Richie Stotts (of the Plasmatics) & Charles Aznavour.
His 1st CD release, Sanctuaries, received praise from musicians such as Mike Garson (keyboardist for David Bowie) & Mark Soskin (pianist for Sonny Rollins). His sophmore effort, First Melancholy, Then The Night Stretch, was released in 2011 & his latest CD, From The Silence, in 2013. Both have received airplay on over 115 radio stations worldwide as well as garnering many great reviews, in print & online.
His 4th CD, Daydreams (Probably), was released in Feb. 2017 to much acclaim. The CD continues to play on over 100 radio stations in the US & abroad. He was interviewed for the Huffington Post to give some background info on himself & the CD.
Upcoming projects include a CD of children's music accompanying poetry as well as co-writing the music for a documentary film on the life of Elmore Leonard.