Rick Bogart, clarinetist, vocalist and composer, is an Arabesque Recording Artist. Latest release is a ballet for solo dancer and solo clarinetist on Arabesque Records. Played in New Orleans during the heyday of the French Quarter. "We played six sets a night, six nights a week, year in and year outall [through the musicians'] union with benefits. Now in New York since 1980, playing and keeping active.
Clarinet and piano.
Teachers and/or influences?
Robert Strickler, Kalmen Opperman , Gervase de Peyer, Orin Brown and Eugene Conley. Thomas Jefferson in New Orleans, with whom I worked for 16 months.
I knew I wanted to be a musician when...
I was 14 or 15 and thought I would try to be a musician.
Your sound and approach to music:
I am a melody man. I was taught in New Orleans to improvise in a way that the melody would come thru and yet be exciting.
Your teaching approach:
Depending the level of the player, simple basics. sight-singing, ear training, scales and chords. Then define what direction they want to take and assist in that direction if possible.
Your dream band:
I have had many dream bands in New York; I worked at the Parker Meridien five nights a week for eight years, and could get wonderful players like pianists Keith Ingham
In Cleveland, we worked the Theatrical Grill and we had a drummer who would take his false teeth out and turn them upside down when he played a long solo.
Once, going to Istanbul the port agent said there was a problem and so we went to the commander to see what the problem was. They started speaking in a language I could not understand. So I took a nap. The Turkish commander ultimately said, "if he feels that way, just take him thru," so we went to the hotel.
Seppis, in the Parker Meridien Hotel, was an all-time favorite. Good treatment, good food and good music, five nights a week for eight years.