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Rick Britto is a well known jazz musician from the New England area.

Britto's latest recording projects include: "For Your Love", "Conversations with Erik & I", Trine: " +1" and "In The Sky" all released on the new TrineArc Music label in the last two years from 2009-2011.

Previous releases on other labels inc… Read More
Rick Britto is a well known jazz musician from the New England area.

Britto's latest recording projects include: "For Your Love", "Conversations with Erik & I", Trine: " +1" and "In The Sky" all released on the new TrineArc Music label in the last two years from 2009-2011.

Previous releases on other labels include: The Lord's Orphans: "Holy City", Trine: "Politics", Andy McWain Ensemble: "Resemblance" ," One O'clock Jump Live".

As a musician, Rick Britto has performed with many artists and groups both nationally and locally including Karl Berger, Santi Debriano, Harold Jones, Freddie Redd, Kate McGarry, One O'clock Jump, Royal Hartigan, Wes Brown, Armsted Christian, Jim Robitaille, Semenya McCord, Marcelle Gauvin, John Harrison, Chris Poudrier, Bruce Gertz, Dave Zinno, Herb King, Kenny Wensel, Lou Columbo, Frank Wilkins, Alon Yavnai and numerous other musicians.

He has been double billed with such jazz notables as Ray Brown, Monty Alexander, Rosemary Clooney, Dick Johnson, Dave McKenna, The Artie Shaw Band, The Buddy Rich Band, and Count Basie's Orchestra.

In the world of popular music, Britto has performed with many R&B recording acts from The Drifters and The Tuneweavers to Tavares and even Queen Latifa to name a few.

Rick Britto is also a well known jazz educator from the New England area. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, he is a faculty member at both the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Wheaton College instructing private lessons for saxophone and jazz piano, directing music ensembles and teaching Jazz Theory and African-American Music History.

He has also taught younger students locally by assisting band directors for both New Bedford and Old Rochester Regional High School Bands for years and currently teaches a few gifted younger students privately in his home. Rick has also adjudicated many concerts, clinics and competitions in school districts in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

Rick Britto also owns a recording studio, Saurus Studio, where he has produced numerous projects for radio & television and engineered, recorded or mastered recordings for many artists locally.

Latest projects include CD mastering for "Union", Cheryl Conte: "Fortress", "O Caboverdiano" and “Boa Vista” by Cape Verdean guitarist and cavaquinho player, Tazinho, Andy McWain Ensemble: "Resemblance", Trine: "Politics", Trine: " +1", Rick Britto - Matt Richard: "In The Sky", Conversations with Erik & I" and his latest recoding project, a Smooth Jazz CD entitled, "For Your Love".

In the publishing world, Britto digitally restored and mastered old recordings for "The Music of South India" published by Prof. Matthew Allen of Wheaton College for Oxford University Press and scored music for "Jazz Consciousness Music, Race, and Humanity" by Prof. Paul Austerlitz for Wesleyan University Press.

Rick Britto is also a professional web designer and web master for several artists and musician's websites including musical artists: Harold Jones, Semenya McCord, Marcelle Gauvin, Jack Gomes, The Dancing Dogs and Cobach Musik plus, psychic medium, Gail Hicks, Cape Verdean artist/photographer, Ron Barboza and political candidate for Ward 1 in New Bedford, Randy Santos.

His newest venture is into the world of visual art! He debuted his first piece of digital art work, "Mind, Body & Soul" a digital self-portrait, at Gallery X in downtown New Bedford as part of the Public Hanging Art Exhibit in August of 2010. Read Less
  • Professional Saxophonist & Pianist
    Rick Britto - Professional Musician —
  • Record Label Owner
    TrineArc Music —
  • Producer
    Saurus Studio —
  • Band Leader
    The Skyliners Big Band — USA
  • Adjunct Faculty
    University of Massachusetts Dartmouth —
  • Visiting Instructor of Music in Performance, Director of Wheaton Jazz Band
    Wheaton College —
  • Web Designer
    Rick Britto - Web Designs — USA
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“Having worked and traveled in a very busy band with Rick for a number of years I knew Rick to be a very diligent and creative arranger, a versatile instrumentalist, equally fluent on piano and both tenor and soprano saxophone. I also know him to be an inspired teacher and meticulous studio engineer. Highly reco… Read More
“Having worked and traveled in a very busy band with Rick for a number of years I knew Rick to be a very diligent and creative arranger, a versatile instrumentalist, equally fluent on piano and both tenor and soprano saxophone. I also know him to be an inspired teacher and meticulous studio engineer. Highly recommended.” March 21, 2011
1st Kate McGarry, Student, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
worked directly with Rick at TrineArc Music Record Label
“Rick is a MUCH appreciated saxophonist that deserves attention, His work on TrineArc is definitive. He also owns extra outside of being a musician that musicians should practice (Producer&Engineer).” March 19, 2011
1st Terrance Hazly, CEO/Artist/Producer, BSME Music Group Int'l/Island/Def Jam worked with Rick at TrineArc Music Record Label
“I had the pleasure of working with Rick over the years in a jazz combo setting. His ability to compose/arrange great jazz originals was inspiring; and his in-depth understanding of the genre (and other styles of music for that matter) was undeniable. Rick has always had an uncanny ability to understand the intricacies of improvisation, and even as a young man had a desire to share this knowledge with others. As technology became a driving force in the music industry, Rick was quick to adapt and become an expert on music production using computers. He continues to hone his craft and understanding of music and production techniques. I highly recommend Rick.” March 19, 2011
1st Joe Carrier, Freelance Music Director/Multi Keyboardist, Self-employed
worked directly with Rick at TrineArc Music Record Label
“Rick is great. He's been a trendsetter for the forty years I've known him. From his infectious laugh and his optimistic outlook to his knowledge of the art and industry, Rick is a consummate professional. Hire him and whatever from of ensemble he is currently presenting. Study from him on any aspect of your musical education. Find every chance to be around this man. He's a real gem.” March 17, 2011
1st Karl Kummer, Student, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
worked indirectly for Rick at TrineArc Music Record Label
“To Whom It May Concern,

This letter is to serve as a recommendation for Rick Britto, of TRINEARC MUSIC RECORD LABEL of Boston, MA.
I have benefitted greatly from conferring with Rick Britto on several occasions due to his rich background in the arts. His contributions to my concerns with jazz photography and visual arts has been vital and well appreciated.
Mr. Britto has exhibited his deep commitment to the music field as a noted educator, accomplished performer and sound businessman. He possesses indepth knowledge of various music genres and has performed with many high profiled professionals. It is my professional opinion that Rick Britto has the dedication needed to meet any challenges placed before him in the entertainment industry.

Sincerely,
Leon P. "Sealey2k" Sealey
SEALEY2K PRODUCTIONS
Owner/ Operator
www.sealey2k.com” March 17, 2011
1st Leon P. "Sealey2k" Sealey, Owner/ Operator, SEALEY2K PRODUCTIONS
worked directly with Rick at TrineArc Music Record Label
“Rick is a fabulous instrumentalist, a gifted composer and a caring educator. He commits to any project he aligns himself with and is well respected by his students and his colleagues.” March 16, 2011
1st Marcelle Gauvin, Faculty, UMass Dartmouth
worked with Rick at TrineArc Music Record Label
“Rick is a dedicated musician and producer and offers a terrific array of services within his company that range from production to arranging to performing. He is a joy to work with .”March 16, 2011
1st rebecca parris, Owner, Parris and Associates
worked directly with Rick at TrineArc Music Record Label
“Rick Britto's playing is at the highest level. He has never ending energy for projects and time to collaborate with fellow composers and musicians to record, engineer and create new work. Rick is very encouraging and inspirational.
It's a pleasure for me to highly recommend Rick Britto as your First call.

Joani
Taylor
http://www.joanitaylor.com” March 16, 2011
1st Joani Taylor, Singer, writer, producer, teacher, mentor., http://www.joanitaylor.com
worked directly with Rick at TrineArc Music Record Label
“Rick is a terrific musician and a great leader. Students at Wheaton enjoy working with him, and he gets great results!” March 16, 2011
1st Delvyn Case, Assistant Professor of Music and Conductor of the Great Woods Chamber Orchestra, Wheaton College
worked directly with Rick at TrineArc Music Record Label
“Rick Britto is an acclaimed musician (saxophonist, pianist, composer) who has performed for the UMass Dartmouth concert series multiple times. Every performance has been exceptional and enthusiastically received by the audience. His latest CD combines his own thoughtful compositions with his powerful playing, making for a lyrical, emotionally moving recording.” March 16, 2011
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity
1st Will Riley,
hired Rick as a musician in 2005, and hired Rick more than once
“Rick.. designed my web site... He did an excellent job and serviced it as web master for several years. Very easy to work with, reliable and smart.
Best Wishes
Dan Moretti
Professor
Berklee College of Music
Boston” March 16, 2011
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert
1st Dan Moretti,
hired Rick as a Graphic/Web Designer in 2005, and hired Rick more than once
“Rick and I were colleagues on the jazz faculty at U Mass Dartmouth. Rick is a great teacher, player and arranger in all styles of music. Fantastic musician and warm person. I recommend him highly.” March 16, 2011
1st Paul Shumsky, Jazz Guitar Instructor, U Mass Dartmouth
worked directly with Rick at TrineArc Music Record Label

“Professor Rick Britto was a fantastic resource for me while I was at Wheaton College as a student of music. Besides being an amazing musician, he is an excellent teacher. I really enjoyed his course "Africian American Originals II" which discussed the latter half of music in the 20th century from early Jazz up to contemporary R&B, hip hop, and rap. Rick teaches with an enthusiasm rarely seen in higher level education and his vast knowledge of the jazz genre and musicians made the class a real pleasure to take.

I also worked with Rick in the capacity of vocal performance. He helped me transition from my more comfortable zone of classical voice into jazz vocal performance. I really appreciated that he let us select the pieces we wished to sing and then would transpose them or make any necessary changes and arrangements for the rest of the band. This talent is rarely seen in combo groups and it is extremely beneficial to the singer. My performances with him were some of my most memorable in my time at Wheaton and I owe him a great deal of thanks.

Finally, I would like to endorse Rick in any of his endeavors. His music is exquisite and complex and it is a pleasure to listen to, his teaching his top notch, and he is an excellent professional resource for anyone interested in learning about jazz. I would entertain any further conversation regarding Professor Rick Britto with great satisfaction.” June 9, 2011
1st Jordan Trundy, Student, Wheaton College



“Rick teaches with a profoundly deep cultural and theoretical knowledge of music. Working with Rick has been an invaluable experience.” March 24, 2011
1st Jonathan Phillips, Student, Wheaton College Read Less
CURRENTLY

Faculty member at Wheaton College teaching Saxophone, Clarinet, Jazz Piano,
Jazz Harmony, African American Originals II and The Wheaton Jazz Band.

Faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth teaching Saxophone-Jazz Studies, The Art & History of Rock & Roll.

Instructing Old Rochester … Read More
CURRENTLY

Faculty member at Wheaton College teaching Saxophone, Clarinet, Jazz Piano,
Jazz Harmony, African American Originals II and The Wheaton Jazz Band.

Faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth teaching Saxophone-Jazz Studies, The Art & History of Rock & Roll.

Instructing Old Rochester Regional High School Jazz Band in an after school project to develop improvisational skills.

Jazz performances with local artists John Harrison, Semenya McCord, Jim Robitaille, Matt Richard, Dave Zinno, Paul Delnero, John Wallace, Alon Yavnai, Greg Wardsen, Marcelle Gauvin and numerous other performers.

Producer, engineer, arranger, orchestrator, composer and MIDI consultant at Saurus Studio.

Recording and producing commercials for radio and television in the New England area.

Adjudicator for All-State Jazz auditions for RIMEA– Rhode Island Music Educators Association


PERFORMING EXPERIENCE

Have performed in various musical genres, including Classical, Jazz, Rock, R&B, Soul, Theatre.

Performed with New Bedford Symphony for special George Gershwin program.

Performed with Grammy Award winning artists Queen Latifa, Tavares, Little Anthony & The Imperials, The Tune Weavers, The Platters and The Drifters.

Toured nationally with vocal jazz group “One O'Clock Jump” double billed with Buddy Rich Big Band, Jackie and Roy Kraul, Ray Brown, Rosemary Clooney, The Artie Shaw Band, and The Count Basie Orchetra.


PRODUCTION CREDITS

Music Director for Gateway Playhouse in Wareham for a season's performance on Cape Cod.

Composed and produced soundtrack for "Earth Day" video for Rhode Island University.

Numerous musical productions for children's theater in the local areas of Fall River and New Bedford.

1979 Award for Best Original Composition by A.R.T.A. (Area Regional Theater Association).

Composed and produced musical soundtrack for video documentary "Profiles Of Living History" for the Black Heritage Foundation of New Bedford funded by The Polaroid Corporation.

Produced commercials for radio or TV for the following local companies:
Pencils, Dartmouth Building Supply, Better Homes of New Bedford, Ralph’s Chevrolet Cadillac Geo, First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union, Dartmouth Mitsubishi

RECORDING CREDITS

New recording of avante garde saxophone duet "Conversations with Erik & I" with Erik van Dam on alto sax and Rick Britto on tenor sax to be released January 2011.

CD release Sept. 2010, "In The Sky" featuring saxophonist, Rick Britto and pianist, Matt Rrichard in their first duo project release on the TrineArc Music label.

CD release Sept. 2010, performed, recorded and mastered "Trine +1" for avante garde trio, "Trine", featuring Jim Robitaille; guitar, Rick Britto; saxes, and Chris Poudrier; drum with guest artist Chris Lopes on bass on the TrineArc Music label.

Sept 09 CD release, performed recorded and mastered "One O'clock Jump Live" a 1930's-50's jazz/swing vocal group from an audio tape series of live performances dating back to the 1980s by One O'clock Jump in both concerts and jazz clubs from East to West Coast.

Recorded and mastered CD, "Crystal Fortress II to be released this Fall", for pianist and composer Cheryl Conte.

Mastered CD for the Andy McWain Ensemble: Resmeblance
This project features music from two separate recording sessions: one with Assif Tsahar (tenor sax/bass cl), Albey Balgochian (elec upright bass), and Chris Poudrier (dr/perc) with me on acoustic piano; and another session with Sofia Koutsovitis (voc), Rick Britto (sax). Jeremy Udden (sax), David Landoni (acoustic bass), and Chris Poudrier (dr/perc) with Andy McWain on elec. piano...).

Performed sax on CD, "Holy City" with The Lord's Orphans, best described as a modern day american version of Pink Floyd with a mix of other influences that include Peter Gabriel, late Beatles, The Doors, Alan Parsons Project and Led Zeppelin.

Mastered CD, "Crystal Fortress", for pianist and composer Cheryl Conte.

Recorded and mastered CD, for avante garde trio, "Trine", featuring Jim Robitaille; guitar, Rick Britto; saxes, and Chris Poudrier; drum.

Recorded and mastered live CD in concert for classical vocalist, Rachel Weis.

CD mastering for a new book, Music of South India published by Professor Matthew Allen of Wheaton College released by Oxford Publishing.

CD mastering and digital restoration for a new compilation CD for Wheaton College's Music Department in honor of retiring professor of music Carlton T. Russel.

Recorded, mastered and co-produced CD, "Harmonious Healings" for Spiritualist Medium, Rev. Gail Hicks.

Performance and song credits on Dan Moretti's second CD release "Saxual" on PAR Records.

Compositions “Xumusca” and “Nova Samba” on the Whaling City Sound Super Band CD released by Whaling City Records.

Recorded and mastered CD of dialog and soundtrack for noted photographer Ron Barboza’s slide show presentation based on the history of Cape Verdean Americans for the “So Sabe Festival” funded by Boston University.

Performance, recording and production of Christian choir "Praise Twice" Choir Master Edward Viveiros, Jr..

Live recording of classical group Cobach Trio, flute, oboe and cello.

Live recording of classical oboist Donna Dreisbach at Grace Episcopal Church of New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Recorded and produced meditation CD “Focus Your Thoughts I” for Dionysius Skaliotis, Doctor of Chinese Medicine.

Digital editing for Brazilian group Searles & Allen’s “Time & Again".

Mastering for Spanish vocalist Andres Pena Gomez’s release “La Banda Negra”.

Mastering for jazz saxophonist Treg Monty’s release “No Place To Hide”.

Mastering on CD releases “Santa Monica”, O Caboverdiano & “Boa Vista”
for Cape Verdean guitarist and cavaquinho player Tazinho.

Recorded and produced first CD release of poetry and music “When The Smoke Clears” for Corey Cokes.

Recorded and produced “Heaven or Hell” for Christian Rap artists B.A.C.

Recorded and produced G. Bruce West’s album “Dream Catcher”.

Recorded and produced Country artist Wendi Hayden Davis"s record release "What's Next".

Performance and arranging credits on European release CD by Roberto Culpado.

Recorded and produced music for Edd Kalehoff Productions in New York (music library company).

Performance credits on Joel Hiller's second record release "In The Interest of Soul" for Lobelia Records



RADIO & TV APPEARANCES

Ch.10 WCVB on "The Today Show"

Ch.6 WLNE " Sounds of Jazz" hosted by Bob Bassett

Ch.13 "Musician's Showcase" hosted by Carol Defino.

Radio appearance on Boston’s WGBH's" Music America" hosted by Ron DelaChiesa.

Radio appearance on Boston’s WGBH's "Jazz in the Evening" hosted by Eric Jackson.

Radio appearance on University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth’s WUSM

Radio appearance on Brandeis University’s WBRS hosted by Marc Leibowitz,

Radio appearance on Newport’s WOTB's "Spotlight on Local Artists" hosted by Michael Troy.



WEB DESIGN

Design for Saurus Studio’s web site,
URL: http://SaurusStudio.com

Design for Rick Britto's web site,
URL: http://rickbritto.com

Designed web site for jazz drummer Harold Jones
URL: http://www.haroldjonesbigband.com

Designed web site for jazz vocalist Semenya McCord,
URL: http://www.semenyamccord.com

Designed web site for jazz vocalist Marcelle Gauvin,
URL: http://www.marcellegauvin.com

Designed web site for spiritualist medium Rev. Gail Hicks,
URL: http://www.gailhicks.com/

Designed web site for World music group, The Dancing Dogs,
URL: http://thedacningdogs.com

Web site designed for Cobach Musik, a classical trio
URL: http://cobachmusik.com

Designed web site for jazz organist Lonnie Gasperini,
URL: http://members.cox.net/lonnie7/

Designed web site for Cape Verdean photographer Ron Barboza,
URL: http://home.comcast.net/~ronbarboza/



EDUCATION

Graduate of Berklee College of Music; B.M. in Music Composition.

Graduate of New Bedford High School.

Recipient of scholarship awards from the following: The Kenneth S. Tripp Memorial Music Scholarship, Berklee College of Music, The Cape Verdean Action Committee, Your Theatre Inc., and The Basic Educational Opportunity Grant.

Private studies in saxophone with Prof. Joseph Viola (head of Berklee College’s Woodwind Dept.).

Private studies in saxophone with Prof. Bill Pierce (saxophonist for Art Blakey and Tony Williams).

Private studies in clarinet and saxophones with Lionel Soares (B.A. Boston Conservatory).

Studies in arranging and composition with Prof. Barry Nettles (arranger for Manhattan Transfer, Stan Kenton)

Studies in arranging and composition with Prof. Tony Texiera (composer of jingles for corporations: Fayva Shoes, Filenes, etc.,).

Private studies in music theory, composition, solfege, and piano with Prof. Jose DaCosta (former head of Composition Dept. New England Conservatory).


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Faculty member at Wheaton College teaching Saxophone, Jazz Piano, Jazz Band Director, Saxophone Quartet, Jazz Theory

Faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth teaching Saxophone-Jazz Studies, Saxophone Quartet and The Art & History of Rock & Roll

Instructing Old Rochester Regional High School Jazz Band in an after school project, sponsored by the music department's band director, Stan Ellis, to develop improvisational skills.

Instructing the New Bedford High School Jazz Band in an after school program, sponsored by the band parent's committee and the music department's jazz band director, Russ Campoli.

Private instructor of saxophone, clarinet, piano and organ for more than 20 years.

Private instructor of piano and music theory at the Symphony Music Shop

Adjudicator for All-State Jazz auditions for RIMEA– Rhode Island Music Educators Association

A member of Jazz Expressions an educational outreach program presenting jazz to elementary grade school children.

Music instructor for Camp Kennedy program in New Bedford, MA

Music instructor for Upward Bound program in Dartmouth, MA.
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Member Since: Feb 24, 2011