Rick Hannah, jazz guitarist, was born in Philadelphia, USA, and raised in Baltimore. He started playing guitar at 12 years of age, playing rock and other pop music of the day. By the age of 19 he became exposed to jazz and funk and for the next 15 years played a combination of Jazz, Funk and Blues usually in a fusion format.
He moved to Los Angeles in 1976, where he tried to adapt to the musical culture, playing fusion music with such notables as Alphonse Mouzon, Bunny Brunel and Brian Auger. Searching for a deeper understanding of jazz music, Rick turned his attention to the roots of American Classic Jazz and began studying and playing that music exclusively