Jazz writers and musicians have described his tenor saxophone sound as "big and round", "full bodied", "muscular" and his style as "fluid, solid, individual, quite varied", and he "plays with harmonic intelligence." John Richmond's live engagements and recording sessions have included work with many of the top jazz musicians of our time.
He performs regularly at the Turning Point Cafe in Piermont, NY where there is an ongoing Jazz series, "Jazz at the Turning Point Cafe" that includes Monday Open Jazz sessions and a Jazz Concert series at which many notable jazz artists perform.
A new CD is in the works.
The CD “Live at Cecil’s” was recorded in January 2007 and features Keith Saunders, Bill Moring and Eliot Zigmund.
His early recording as leader, "Round Once," on Consolidated Artists, featured pianist Mike Longo, bassist Buster Williams, and drummer Al Harewood, received favorable critical reviews and radio air play and was a "feature pick" of Cash Box magazine. Among his varied recording credits, he has appeared on two CDs by bassist Ray Drummond, "Maya's Dance" and "Vignettes."
He has worked in countless NYC venues and spent time living in Italy and performing all over Europe including the Umbria Jazz and San Remo Jazz Festivals. He was involved with Umbria Jazz in the early 80's where he also worked with the jazz clinics.
Born and raised in the New York City area, having lived on E. 15th St. for years, his musical studies began at age nine with clarinet. After studies at the Eastman School of Music in both saxophone and clarinet, he graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree. His musical training has included studies with Joe Allard, his principal teacher, as well as Dave Tofani, Charles Russo, Harvey Estrin, Mike Longo, David A. Gross, Ramon Ricker, Tim Price.
He is a multi woodwind player including flute, clarinet, soprano, alto and baritone saxophones in addition to his main voice, the tenor saxophone.
He grew up in a culturally diverse environment and was exposed to classical music and soul music and rhythm and blues in his youth. His major influences include Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, Dexter Gordon, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Bela Bartok, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, BB King, and R & B artists such as James Brown.
“I was so blown away and inspired when I first heard Charlie Parker that I had to become an alto player. Later, I began to really hear John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter and Joe Henderson and I eventually switched over because I kept hearing the tenor in my mind.”