Sharp 11th Music School
Artist's BiographySharp 11th Music School
Areas of Instruction:
â€¢ Music Theory
â€¢ How to Make and Read Chord Progressions
â€¢ Jazz Improvisation
â€¢ Brass Instruments
â€¢ Music Ensemble Coaching
Consultation and Music Services:
â€¢ Live Music Entertainment
â€¢ Music Psychology
â€¢ Music Meditation
â€¢ Music Thanatology
Learn music theory, how to read chord progressions and play jazz improvisation for all instruments. I teach kids to adults. I specialize in brass instruments instruction. Contact me, Richard Lopez at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Richard got his start in the Denver Public Schools music program, playing trombone in such groups as the prestigious C.E.C. Honor Jazz Combo and the Colorado All-State Jazz Ensemble. As a teenager he played with jazz contemporaries Greg Gispert, Brad Leali and Javon Jackson and studied jazz under the direction of trombonist Jerry Barnett, jazz educator Dr. Willie Hill (IAJE) and jazz pianist Neil Bridge. Above all the great musical influences that Richard had over his childhood, his father, Lou Lopez (1927 to 1999), who actively played the tenor sax, flute and bass, carried an important role along with tons of encouragement from his mother, Irene Lopez (Denver, CO). After high school, Richard received a music scholarship to study music at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and studied under the teaching of Professor Frank Gagliardi and renowned world trombonist Bobby Scann.
As a student, Richard was fortunate to play with many entertainers and musicians from both Las Vegas and Los Angeles. These entertainers include such artists as Joe Williams, Marlena Shaw, Carl Fontana, Gus Mancuso, Walt Blanton, Bobby Shew, Carl Saunders, Chuck Findley, Sal Marquez, Carson Smith, Scott Tibbs, Louie Belson, Paul Taylor, Cleto Escobedo Jr., Don Menza, Jimmy Cook, Buddy Yeager, Raoul Romero, Tony Orlando and Dawn, Wayne Newton, Rich Little, Del Shannon, Mary Wells, Sam and Dave, Pete Barbutti, Jimmie Walker, Robert Guillaume, Nancy Wilson, Pieces of Dreams and the Solid Gold Dancers. He also performed for the nationally broadcast show Alan Grant\'s Monday Night Jazz at the Las Vegas Four Queens Hotel and was invited to guest perform at the 76 Trombones +4 annual concert in 2002.
During the early-mid eighties, one of his greatest experiences as a young and up-coming musician was going to the Las Vegas Musician\'s Union on weekend nights until the early morning hours and listening and playing with the greatest jazz musicians in the world.
Since moving to the Northwest in 1996, Richard has continued to perform with such great national and local artists such as Bob Newhart, the O\'Jays, William Kennedy (Yellowjackets), Pete Christlieb, Larry Harlow, Julian Priester, Bert Wilson, Joe Baque, Bob Nixon, Frank Minear, Gary Scott, Eric Ordway, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Ramsey/Kleeb Band, Jay Thomas Usual Suspects Big Band, the Pierce College Jazz Ensemble, Obrador, the Solomon Douglas Swing Dance Big Band, Cambalache and the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra.
Richard currently performs with Momenti Rubati, Native Blue, conducts the Bob Nixon Tribute Big Band and the Fellowjackets.
He is a graduate of The Evergreen State College and holds a masters degree from Northwest Nazarene University. Richard now lives in Olympia with his wife and five kids.