May 29, 1972|
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Occupation(s)||Musician, composer, arranger|
|Labels||Owl, Fresh Sound|
|Associated acts||Cannonball Legacy Band|
Rick Germanson (born May 29, 1972) is an American jazz pianist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Germanson started playing piano at a young age and grew up playing in the Milwaukee jazz scene. After winning the grand prize at the American Pianists Association's Jazz Piano Competition in 1996, Germanson left Milwaukee for New York City.
In New York Germanson played with notable acts and artists such as Elvin Jones's Jazz Machine; Regina Carter; Tom Harrell, Slide Hampton, Frank Morgan, Eric Alexander, Frank Lacy, Marlena Shaw, Donald Harrison, Brian Lynch, Jim Rotondi, Charles McPherson, Charles Davis, Craig Handy, Cecil Payne, and the George Gee Orchestra.
Germanson has appeared on recordings with Gerald Hayes, David Gibson, Joe Magnarelli, Ian Hendrickson-Smith, Brad Leali Jazz Orchestra, James Zollar, Peter Dominguez, Lance Bryant, Bill Cantrall, Gerald Cannon, and Louis Hayes, among others.
- 2004 Heights (Fresh Sound)
- 2005 You Tell Me (Fresh Sound)
- 2009 Off the Cuff (Owl)
- 2012 Rick Germanson Quartet Live at Smalls (Smallslive)