Rick DellaRatta

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Rick DellaRatta
Born (1961-10-23)October 23, 1961
Origin Schenectady, New York
United States
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Pianist, composer, vocalist, activist
Instruments Piano
Labels ACM Records, Stella Records Inc.
Website www.rickdellaratta.com, www.jazzforpeace.org

The American jazz pianist, composer, and vocalist Rick DellaRatta not only performed and innovated in the jazz world for over three decades but also founded the social justice organization Jazz for Peace. You can find more information about the biography of Rick DellaRatta at the Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians. Rick was born in Schenectady NY on October 23, 1961, the oldest of five children. Rick studied at the New England Conservatory, earning a Bachelors in Piano Performance, and a Masters in Jazz Composition. He studied jazz piano with Jackie Byard, Kenny Werner, Charlie Banacos, and Richie Bierach and classical piano with Thomas Stumpf and Stanley Hummell. He studied composition with William Thomas McKinnley. He has studied voice with John Mase, Carlton Doctor and Ilene Bush.

In 1997 Rick DellaRatta with bassist Eddie Gomez, saxist Dave Liebman and drummer Lenny White, released the album Thought Provoking (Stella). Jason Koransky of Downbeat Magazine considered this album to establish the long-time sideman and solo pianist/vocalist as a leader.[1]

In 2000 Rick was nominated for a MAC award for Recording of the Year [2]


  • Take it or Leave it (1995)
  • Thought Provoking (1997, Stella Records Inc.)
  • Live in Brazil and The Blue Note (1998, Stella Records Inc.)
  • Alone Together (2000)
  • Jazz at Christmas Time (2001)
  • Via Brasil - All Stars (2003)
  • Jazz for Peace (2004)
  • Improvisation (2009)


  1. ^ Jason Koransky (1999-07-27). "Downbeat". 
  2. ^ Della Ratta, Rick. "MAC Award Nominees and Winners". MAC Award Nominees and Winners. Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs. Retrieved 13 March 2016. 

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