Mike Richmond has expressed his love of music on a global level. In addition to accompanying such stellar jazz musicians as Miles Davis and Stan Getz and folk/blues singer/songwriter Richie Havens, the Philadelphia-born bass player has performed in concert with Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar and the South Indian Orchestra and has served as chief bass instructor for the National German Jazz Orchestra.
Initially a guitar player, Richmond was inspired by a Bill Haley and the Comets show that he attended with his parents in the mid-'50s. He switched to the bass before joining his junior high orchestra.
Richmond's understanding of world music developed at an early age. His mother frequently played Middle Eastern records in the family home. His interests in Indian music were sparked by the soundtrack of the late-'40s television series Ramar of the Jungle and the Beatles' involvement with Indian music.
Richmond has been involved in some of jazz's most impressive projects. He participated in the Miles Davis and Quincy Jones-collaborative concert in Montreux, Switzerland, which became Davis' final performance. He subsequently replaced Charles Mingus in the Mingus Dynasty.
He received a Teacher of the Year award in 1994 for his teaching at New York University. His bass method book Modern Walking Bass Technique (Ped Xing Music) is used in over 300 universities and school systems internationally.
Richmond has won Grammy Awards with Miles and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has been a featured soloist with the Bratislava Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cologne Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cologne Radio Big Band, and the Hamburg State Opera. He represented the United States as a guest lecturer at the "International Symposium On Jazz Pedagogy" (sponsored by the French Cultural Ministry).
Mike Richmond has performed with Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, Ravi Shankar, Elvin Jones, Joe Henderson, Jack DeJohnette, Lee Konitz, Gil Evans, Pat Metheny, Woody Herman, Hubert Laws, Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, Kenny Wheeler, Art Farmer, Benny Golson, Chet Baker, Sonny Stitt, Milt Jackson, Roland Kirk, Archie Shepp, Bobby Timmons, Roland Hanna, Tommy Flanagan, Jimmy Knepper, Clarke Terry, Kenny Barron, Phil Woods, Toots Thielmans, Chico Hamilton, Buddy DeFranco, Don Cheery, John Abercrombie, John Scofield, Les Paul, Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker, Billy Hart, Tom Harrell, Dave Liebman, Johnny Griffin, Bob Berg, Bob Brookmeyer, Henry Mancini, Les Paul, Astrud Gilberto, Michel Legrande, Quincy Jones, etc.