Rich Perry

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Rich Perry
Born (1949-12-31) December 31, 1949 (age 69)
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
  • Artt Frank [de]: Waltz for Sharon Stone (mja Records, 1997)


  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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)