Rick Roe is a jazz pianist, composer, performer, and now veteran musician of the southeastern Michigan music community. He has produced and co-produced ten recordings (CDs) with original compositions and arranged jazz standards with some of the most accomplished jazz musicians in the world. These are available at cdbaby.com and amazon.com. He was a two-time semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk
International Jazz Piano Competition and winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition in the 1990s. His love of Thelonious Sphere Monkʼs music lead to his first recording titled Monkʼs Modern Music with bassist Rodney Whitaker and drummer Greg Hutchinson, which has become highly regarded among jazz lovers around the world. Rickʼs original music has also received deep appreciation from musicians and fans worldwide.
His experience includes playing with Jazz greats Frank Morgan, Frank Foster, Marcus Belgrave, Wynton Marsalis, Donald Walden, Clark Terry, Louis Smith, Rodney Whitaker, Robert Hurst, Karriem Riggins, Greg Hutchinson, Emily Remler, Randy Gelispie, Buster Williams, Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Wycliffe Gordon, Derrick Gardner, Christian McBride, Barbara Morrison, Mundell Lowe, Paul Keller, Randy Napoleon, Diego Rivera, Sean Dobbins, Mark Byerly, Etienne Charles, Jeremy Pelt, Alex Graham, Dwight Adams, and several more.
Rick has taught privately for almost thirty years and at Michigan State University (2001-2011) as an Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies. In 2017, he was a guest artist and coach for Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble in New York City, and has been performing with Rodney Whitaker for Jazz at Lincoln Centerʼs outreach program Jazz for Young People in the Detroit Public Schools for the past few years.Back to Events