Jazz pianist Rick Gallagher has been a part of the Pittsburgh music scene since the late 1980's. Over the years Rick has done solo and group work in a wide range of contemporary styles but has found a voice as a player and composer in classic jazz. He has worked with many of the area's top performers and bands as well as solo piano work at diverse venues such as the historic Grand Concourse; the Gandy Dancer Saloon piano bar; and the PPG Holiday Series. Regularly Rick can be seen with small groups at Palomino and Pines Tavern, the Orchard Hill Church worship team, and the Boilermaker Jazz Band, as well as his long-standing spotlight as the pianist with the US Steel Tower and One Oxford Center downtown. Gallagher is noteworthy for his classic jazz style, creative arrangements, and his memorable originals.
Rick has five recordings as a feature artist and has played on a number of other CD’s as a sideman. His recordings have been played on hundreds of radio stations across the United States, and Canada including nationally syndicated jazz shows like “Jazz After Hours.” They all include Rick’s rich harmonic concepts, lyrical melodic ideas, creative arrangements and soulful organic sound.
A Pittsburgh native and father of four, Gallagher received a Bachelor of Music at Duquesne University where he studied under the mentorship of David Budway. His influences include Herbie Hancock, Horace Silver, Red Garland, Vince Guaraldi, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Benny Green, Ray Brown, Wynton Kelly, Cyrus Chestnut and George Shearing. He currently balances his performances with teaching, arranging, composing and recording. Rick is available for studio work, jazz festivals, concerts, church performances, and other private and public events.
Jazz Christmas, iTunes Essentials (2007) - Various Artists
Coldwater Creek: Home for the Holidays Volume One (2004)
Coldwater Creek: Home for the Holidays Volume Four (2007)
Divine Unrest (2007) - Tamarack Road Productions
About ----"Sweet Potato Eyebrows"----
Rick Gallagher’s debut release, "Sweet Potato Eyebrows," showcases his versatility as both an arranger, composer, and a jazz pianist through a variety of classic-sounding originals and standards. From the traditional jazz trio performance of the romantic ballad "The Night Before" to the funkier sextet sounds of "People of the World" and "Sweet Potato Eyebrows," listeners of all ages are sure to find a favorite. Check out Gallagher’s tasteful interpretation of the standards "I Got It Bad" and "They Can’t Take That Away From Me." "Grace Amazing" is his haunting reharminization of the traditional hymn "Amazing Grace." Refreshing jazz waltzes, such as "Everything Is Good(Olivia’s Song)" and "Adyn Rebekah" complete the recording with their uplifting spirit. "Sweet Potato Eyebrows" comes together as a classic collection of memorable songs performed by some of the most talented jazz musicians in the northeastern United States.
rick gallagher-piano, paul thompson-bass,
thomas wendt-drums, delano "volcano" choy-trumpet,
eric defade-tenor saxophone, bob kunkel-drums,
george jones-percussion, brian stahurski-bass,