Rich Syracuse has been a mainstay in the New York area scene for more than three
decades. At an early age, Rich started performing at many New York City venues.
During these early years he was the winner of the prestigious "Congress of Strings"
award. He later went on to receive a Bachelor of Music degree from Manhattan School
of Music in New York City.
In the 1970's Rich performed with "The Group for Contemporary Music" under the
Conductors Charles Wournin and Harvey Solberger. During these early years, Rich
performed extensively with "The Hartford Ballet" and the "New Jersey Lyric Opera Co".
Rich also performed with numerous jazz groups which included Pianist's John Mehegan,
Joey Calderazzo, and Ted Rosenthal.
In the mid 1980's Rich moved to New York State's Hudson Valley. There Rich began a
long-standing position as Bassist in the "Nick Brignola Quartet" playing at numerous
clubs, festivals, and precipitating in many recording sessions. Besides his years
with Brignola, Rich has performed with Mose Allison, Kurt Elling, Dave Liebman,
Brubeck Brothers, Warren Bernhardt, Sumi Tonoka, David Torn, Mike DeMicco, Peter Levin,
Sam Morrison, Bernard Purdy, Jeff "Siege" Siegel, Dena DeRose, John Medeski, Michael
Musilliami and Ali Demogli. For the past 22 years, Rich has been the Bassist for
Pianist Lee Shaw. Rich has for many years been touring throughout Europe, South America,
and Southern Africa.
Rich is the Professor for String and Electric Bass Studies at Skidmore College in
Saratoga, New York; Hotchkiss School in Lakeville Connecticut, and the Millbrook
School in Millbrook New York. He is an Individual member of the International
Association Schools of Jazz.
"Shaw's highly cohesive trio consists of bassist Rich Syracuse and drummer Jeff Siegel,
who play together so well and change direction so deftly that it's as if they share a
collective consciousness." Downbeat - Chris Robinson
"..bassist Rich Syracuse and drummer Jeff 'Siege' Siegel often seem to think as one
and the music is both beautiful and quite unpredictable. " Los Angeles Jazz Scene -
"Her (Lee Shaw) longtime cohorts, bassist Rich Syracuse and drummer Jeff 'Siege' Siegel,
remain consistently inventive and enjoyable.." - Jazziz
"Bassist Rich Syracuse plays some splendidly inventive solos and drummer Jeff Siegel
provides some thoroughly supple solos during his turns at bat." Audiofile Audition -
"Together they achieve ebullient sense of swing." - Cadence - David Franklin
"Exemplary-bassist Syracuse weaving in and out of her solos, while getting plenty of time to
show off his marvellous creativity. Also getting many opportunities to shine, drummer Siegel
is a solid anchor and an inventive soloist." Jazzreview.com - Larry
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