Rich Perry

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Rich Perry
Born(1949-12-31)December 31, 1949
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Associated actsVanguard Jazz Orchestra, Maria Schneider

Rich Perry is an American jazz tenor saxophonist from Cleveland, Ohio.

Perry attended Bowling Green State University for a year before moving to New York. He toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1975 and with The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra the following year.[1] He has also played with Chet Baker, Paul Bley, Machito, Bob Moses, Jack McDuff, Billy Hart, Eddie Gómez, Tom Harrell, and Harold Danko. He has recorded as a leader since 1993 on SteepleChase Records.

Perry is currently a member of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra as well as the Maria Schneider Orchestra. He is an adjunct faculty member of the William Paterson University jazz program.[2]


As leader[edit]

  • To Start Again (SteepleChase, 1993)
  • Beautiful Love (SteepleChase, 1994)
  • What Is This? (SteepleChase, 1995)
  • Left Alone (SteepleChase, 1997)
  • RichLee! (SteepleChase, 1997) with Lee Konitz
  • Canções do Brasil (SteepleChase, 2000)
  • So in Love (SteepleChase, 2000)
  • Doxy (SteepleChase, 2000)
  • O Grand Amor (SteepleChase, 2001)
  • Hearsay (SteepleChase, 2002)
  • At Eastman (SteepleChase, 2003)
  • East of the Sun and West of 2nd Avenue (SteepleChase, 2004)
  • You're My Everything (SteepleChase, 2005)
  • Rhapsody (SteepleChase, 2006)
  • At the Kitano, Vol. 1 (SteepleChase, 2006)
  • E-Motion (SteepleChase, 2007)
  • At the Kitano, Vol. 2 (SteepleChase, 2008)
  • Gone (SteepleChase, 2010)
  • At the Kitano, Vol. 3 (SteepleChase, 2010)
  • Grace (SteepleChase, 2011)
  • Time Was (SteepleChase, 2010)
  • Nocturne (SteepleChase, 2014)
  • Organique (SteepleChase, 2015)
  • Mood (SteepleChase, 2016)

As sideman[edit]

  • Pete Malinverni: "Invisible Cities"
  • Rufus Reid: "The Gait Keeper", "Live at the Kennedy Center"
  • Gary Versace: "Time and Again"
  • Dave Scott: "Song for Amy", "Naivete","Nonchalant"
  • Christian Finger: "Merge into Beauty"
  • George Mraz: "Bottom Lines", "Mraz Jazz", with Richie Beirach, Al Foster
  • Fred Hersch: "Songs Without Words", "Point in Time", "Forward Motion"
  • Ron McClure: "Soft Hands", "Dream Team", "Double Triangle", with Tim Hagans, Mark Copeland, Billy Hart
  • Vanguard Jazz Orchestra: "Up from the Skies", "The Way", "Can I Persuade You", "Lickety Split", "The Thad Jones Legacy"
  • Andy LaVerne: "Pianissimo"
  • Paul Bley: "Speechles" ,with Victor Lewis
  • The John Fedchock New York Big Band: "Up and Running", "No Nonsense", "On the Edge"
  • Dave Stryker: "Blue to the Bone" , "Big Room"
  • Lee Konitz: "RichLee"
  • Steve Lampert: "Venus Perplexed", "Music from There"
  • Joe Henderson: "The Joe Henderson Big Band"
  • Clay Jenkins: "Matters of Time"
  • Sila Cevikce: "A New Abode"
  • Aaron Irwin: Into the Light


  1. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Rich Perry: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-09-21.
  2. ^ "News and Events". William Paterson University. 2008-01-23. Archived from the original on 2008-02-26. Retrieved 2010-09-21.