Rick Weingarten – Vibraphone/Vocals
Like Lionel Hampton, Rick started in music by playing the drums. For over 10 years, he toured the US playing with the Blue Nights Drum and Bugle Corps and in a variety of rock bands. He then went back to college and studied vibraphone under the legendary Dr. Doug Walter.
Since earning his Bachelor of Music and Jazz Certification, Rick has played all over the world with some fantastic groups and musicians including Jim Cullum, Art Lande, Joe Bonner, Pete Wernick and his Live Five, Pat Bianchi, Les James, Lannie Garrett, Vince Lindburgh, Charlie Burrell, James Dapogny, Ron Miles, Ed Stephen, Steve Glotzer, Kenny Walker, Mike Marlier, Paul Romaine and his own group, the Good Vibes Quartet. He worked with Roger for many years in the Fred Moldenhauer sextet, a Benny Goodman tribute band. He also opened for Maynard Ferguson and guitarist Stanley Jordan.
Rick plays some 250 gigs a year as a solo musician performing at retirement, assisted living, and nursing homes throughout Colorado. He is a gifted entertainer, playing Vibes, Accordion, Piano, and even penny whistle through all styles of music, from jazz to Broadway to contemporary pop. You’ll also find him on some 25 recordings.
Read more about Rick in this Artist Spotlight article!