Director of Jazz Studies
Associate Professor of Saxophone
IAJE South Central Region Coordinator
McNeese State University
P.O. Box 93175
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70609-3175
Artist's BiographyRick Condit has been an active saxophonist and jazz educator for more than 25 years. He has taught and performed in 26 countries on 5 continents. In 2002, he spent six months as a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the "George Enescu University of the Arts" in Romania while on leave from his post as Director of Jazz Studies and Associate Professor of Saxophone at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La. Since then he has returned to Romania four times for concerts, clinics and other Fulbright related projects.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Condit spent more than 10 years there as a freelance professional, performing with such noted artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Louie Bellson, Ray Brown, Oliver Nelson, Bob Hope, and the San Francisco Symphony Pops Orchestra. During this period he also toured for over a year as tenor sax soloist with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, presenting concerts and clinics in 46 states, Canada, and Japan.
Condit received his master's degree in jazz studies from the University of North Texas, where he was a graduate teaching fellow and member of the One O'Clock Lab Band. His own group, the Louisiana Jazz 5, has toured France and Central America and performed at the IAJE Conference. In 1998 Condit and guitarist Tom Wolfe toured 5 countries in West Africa as Kennedy Center Jazz Ambassadors, and the following year he was awarded a Louisiana Artist's Fellowship.