Rich Greenblatt

 

"Rich Greenblatt is a musician who is continually in a process of growing. Hat Trick shows him further down the road, both as a player and a writer. Whether it is the swinging modality of Locked In, the heartfelt lyricism of Moon Girl, the compositional angularity of Bobble Head or the dark beauty of The Pensieve, Rich's unique musical personality comes through, with a clarity of purpose and a beautiful sound."

Joe Locke

 

"Skilled and sleek,
never slick nor slack,
Hat Trick's fleet six
neatly lead the pack."

-- Fred Bouchard,

Downbeat Magazine and ALL ABOUT JAZZ.

 

Boston based jazz vibraphonist and band leader of The Rich Greenblatt Vibes Group is a musician with "dazzling speed and a truly magical touch" writes John Blenn in Good Times magazine. 

Rich has recorded 3 CDs as a leader, Hat Trick, Hot and Dry, and Mooin'. He has just finished recording his 4th, My Take, which will be available on-line and on CD soon. My Take features Boston jazz greats: Greg Hopkins on trumpet and flugelhorn, Allan Chase on alto and bari sax, Kevin Harris on piano, John Lockwood on bass and Bob Tamagni on drums.

Each recording features a different band and instrumentation. Both Hat Trick and My Take showcase Rich's original compositions. Hot & Dry, features special guests, Dennis Irwin on bass and Winard Harper on drums and Mooin' features drummer Joe Hunt.

Rich has played in jazz and blues festivals in the U.S. and Europe and recorded with The Be-Bop Guitars, The Jazz Composers' Alliance, Hide Tokunaga, The Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, The Paramount Brass Quintet, and the rhythm and blues group, Inspector Tuppence.

Over the years he has played with such great artists as Kurt Elling, Billy Mitchell, Kevin Hayes, Valery Ponamarev, Bill Charlap, Greg Hutchinson, Dennis Irwin, Winard Harper, Joe Hunt, Teddy Charles and Oscar Castro-Neves.

He is currently an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music.

Rich endorses Musser vibraphones and Vic Firth mallets.