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BACKGROUND

Biography

Rick Peralta, a San Francisco Bay Area native, is equally comfortable backing Tony Award Winning Stars, playing with Big Band Jazz Ensembles, Small Group Jazz, Solo Jazz Guitar, Concerts, and Musical Pit Orchestras. 

He manages a consistent performance schedule of about 90 shows per year, playing for over 15,000 people annually.  Rick has played at major festivals throughout the country to include the Honolulu Music Festival, Stanford Jazz Festival, Alexandria Jazz Festival; and prominent venues such as the Kennedy Center, Washington DC; Berklee Performance Center, Boston MA; and the Jazz Dock, Prague Czech Republic.

Rick has a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance from Howard University Washington D.C. He has also studied or augmented his formal education at San Jose State University; Berklee College of Music; the Stanford Jazz Workshop and the Prague Jazz Workshop, Jaroslav Jezek Conservatory, Prague Czech Republic. 

He received an Outstanding Musicianship Certificate from Berklee College of Music and as a Pit Orchestra Guitarist, has won 3 Washington Area Theatre Community Honors (WATCH) Awards for "Best Musical."  The Washington Post described his playing as "smooth and lively" and Leesburg Today said his musicianship is "wonderful."  A National Tour Music Director described his playing as "Broadway-Caliber."

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Current Projects

Back to Zero- Funk/R&B/Pop;
voted One of the Best Bands
in the Washington DC Area
Back to Zero was voted one of the
Top 10 bands in the metro area by "On Tap"
Magazine for 2014
www.back-to-zero.com

Laissez Foure - Acoustic Swing Quartet;
lounge and private event favorite in the DC Metro Area
www.laissezfoure.com
Follow the band on Facebook too! www.facebook.com/laissezfoure 

Difficult Run Jazz Band - Swing Era
and High Energy Contemporary Big Band
www.drjb-bigband.com

Orchestra Guitarist for numerous Musical Productions annually.
Please see the Schedule page for upcoming shows.

Upcoming Musicals:

  • May 2015 Kensington Art Theatre production of "Chess"
  • McLean Community Players production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" Summer 2015
  • Fall 2015 Center Stage Theatre Reston VA Musical to be announced
Alan King CD

 

Smooth Jazz Artist Alan King has released his CD and it's available via his web site www.alankingmusic.com or www.smoothjazz.com.

I was honored to play guitar on this project.

Influences: the Doobie Brothers, Earth, Wind and Fire, Journey, Boston, Van Halen, Tower of Power, George Benson, Pat Martino, Barry Galbraith, Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Bruno, Chuck Loeb, Doc Powell, Ed Hamilton, Paul Jackson Jr., Richard Smith, Joe Pass, Norman Brown, Brian Bromberg, Charlie Parker, Hank Mobley, Diana Krall, Hawaii, Praha, SF 49ers

Rick would like to thank: Mom & Dad, Frank P, Michelle D, my teachers John Fogleman, Shawn Purcell, Gerry Kunkel; Dee Chin M ("I want you to be my manager"), Dr. Diana J, Pacific Horizons (you know who you are), Miss Paulette, B52P, The Difficult Run Jazz Band, Ken Matthews, my brothers in Back to Zero - Ronnie, Garey, Wes and Tommy; Norio Imai of Imai Guitars NYC (for flawless maintenance of my guitars), Hexagon (2001-03); the USAF; Col B. Washington, Roger Sadowsky and Sadowsky Guitars NYC, Swissvale Music PA; and Anderson Guitars