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About Rick Britto

Rick Britto is a well-known jazz musician from the New England area.

Rick's latest recording projects include: Trine: " +1", "In The Sky" and "Conversations with Erik & I" all released on the new TrineArc Music label!

Previous releases on other labels include: The Lord's Orphans: "Holy City", Trine: "Politics", Andy McWain Ensemble: "Resemblance" and " One O'clock Jump Live"

As a musician, Rick has performed with many artists and groups both nationally and locally, including Karl Berger, Santi Debriano, Harold Jones, Freddie Redd, Kate McGarry, One O'clock Jump, Royal Hartigan, Wes Brown, Armsted Christian, Jim Robitaille, Semenya McCord, Marcelle Gauvin, John Harrison, Chris Poudrier, Bruce Gertz, Dave Zinno, Herb King, Kenny Wensel, Lou Columbo, Frank Wilkins, Alon Yavnai and numerous other musicians.

He has been double billed with such jazz notables as Ray Brown, Monty Alexander, Rosemary Clooney, Dick Johnson, Dave McKenna, The Artie Shaw Band, The Buddy Rich Band, and Count Basie's Orchestra.

In the world of popular music, Rick has performed with many R&B recording acts from The Drifters and The Tuneweavers to Tavares and even Queen Latifa, to name a few.

Rick Britto is also a well-known jazz educator from the New England area. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, he is a faculty member at both the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Wheaton College instructing private lessons for saxophone and jazz piano, directing music ensembles and teaching jazz theory and African-American music history.

He has taught younger students locally by assisting band directors for both New Bedford and Old Rochester Regional High School Bands for years and currently teaches a few gifted younger students privately in his home. Rick has also adjudicated many concerts, clinics and competitions in school districts in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

Rick also owns a recording studio, Saurus Studio, where he has produced numerous projects for radio and television and engineered, recorded or mastered recordings for many artists locally.

Latest projects include CD mastering for "Union", Cheryl Conte: "Fortress", "O Caboverdiano" and "Boa Vista" by Cape Verdean guitarist and cavaquinho player, Tazinho, Andy McWain Ensemble: "Resemblance", Trine: "Politics", Trine: " +1", Rick Britto - Matt Richard: "In The Sky" and his latest project Conversations with Erik & I".

Rick offers many services in the fields of endeavor in which he has great experience including:

1. Private music instruction for saxophone, clarinet and piano
2. Private music instruction for jazz improvisation
3. Instruction in music theory and harmony and arranging
4. Audio recording, engineering, mixing, production and CD mastering
5. Orchestration, arranging, music copy and musical performance
6. Web design specializing in Internet audio and video production


New Bedford, MA 02740

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Question and answer

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Make sure the music instructor has great experience as a performer not just as a music teacher! Experience in the real world of music performance is the most valuable asset in music education.

Obviously, the best musical performers are usually the best music teachers!

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. Not really! Hearing is believing!

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. What experience does the instructor have in both the performance and education of music that qualifies them as a great educator!

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. Because of my personal experience as a performer and university/college educator I am able to give far more insight into the business of music for students seeking not only higher education but, also placement in the real world of music performance.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I love music and I truly appreciate working with young people! I try to instill more than the ability to play an instrument I believe if you treat young students with love and respect and give them a sense of the history of the music they are studying they will immerse themselves in the learning experience with enthusiasum.

Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?

A. I am what I am due to a long tradition of my family in Jazz music.
My relatives, have always been in the business of jazz!

One of my cousins from my hometown was Paul Gonsalves, who worked with Duke Ellington.
Plus my uncle, Joe Livermento, worked in NYC for years at The Paladium with Machito's big band.
In my hometown of New Bedford, MA, my other uncles ran The Skyliners Big Band that Paul Gonsalves started in back in the 40's!

One day, I will have to tell you a few personal stories about Ellington.
For he visited my community many times with my relatives and their musical friends.
Many musicians, even Charlie Parker, Roy Haynes and many others, came to my home town to play in the 60's when I was young.

Duke's music is truly eternal!
In the1960's and 70's he pretty much supported the band out of his pocket when gigs were hard to find and jazz was no longer a popular music form in America!
Thank God it is now declared by all to be an art form much like classical music today!
Otherwise, Jazz would have died!

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. Music was the family business! My great uncles were professional musicians in the big band era since the 1930's!

Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.

Rick Britto is a well known jazz musician from the New England area.

Rick's latest recording projects include: Trine: " +1", "In The Sky" and "Conversations with Erik & I" all released on the new TrineArc Music label!

Previous releases on other labels include: The Lord's Orphans: "Holy City", Trine: "Politics", Andy McWain Ensemble: "Resemblance" ," One O'clock Jump Live"

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. As a college/university professor, development of educational techniques is a constant endeavor! I am always doing discovery through research to develop new ideas and concepts using the latest technology to enhance the learning experience for my students

Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.

A. My latest CD recording project is called "For Your Love"!
It is a smooth jazz music release!
Check out a couple of the recordings at:

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