Rich Martin – Vibraphone

Rich got his first taste of jazz when he was about twelve and an older brother introduced him to the sound of Gene Krupa and “Sing, Sing, Sing.” His passion for the music was locked in a couple of years later when he saw Jazz at the Philharmonic starring such great musicians as Buddy Rich, Ella Fitzgerald, Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, Flip Phillips, Lester Young, and Oscar Peterson.

He was primarily a drummer during high school and college years, but began playing the vibraphone toward the end of that time.

Rich is a retired college professor who is a student himself now, learning all he can about playing vibes. He is the newest member of the Eddie Piccard Quartet and loves the communal feeling that this musical group gets both within itself and with the audience when a tune takes off, when things start to swing.