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by Richie Pratt

Jazz, Bossa, Salsa and the blues are presented by legendary musicians with the leader performing in the two ensemble formats of a Trio with Major Holley on acoustic bass and then in a Septet with Buddy Rich band alumnus, Ross Konikoff.
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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When Kansas City area native, Richie Pratt embarked upon a career as a professional musician on the New York scene in the early 1970s, it was as much due to unanticipated intervention as anything else.

Pratt was born to a musical family and raised at Olathe, Kansas. He studied music and attended various music camps during his formative years as a youth. Eventually growing to become a rather large and muscular man, he attended the University of Kansas under a full four-year scholarship to play varsity football.

During his football career at KU, Pratt was a starting Tackle (KU All-Time Letterman, 1963-65) on the Jayhawk football team (blocking for NFL Hall of Fame running back, Gayle Sayers)! However, Pratt never stopped playing music. He also performed as a percussionist in the jazz, wind and orchestra ensembles while attending KU.

Upon leaving college, he was initially drafted by the New York Giants professional football team. In 1970, Pratt suffered a career ending knee injury prior to the start of his second season with the Giants and left football for good.

New York Scene

His professional tenure as a musician in New York actually began while he was employed as a Host at the famed Village Gate. Richie began sitting in with Jaki Byard and word began to spread about the big guy from the Midwest who played drums. The legendary bassist, Major Holley eventually invited Pratt to jam on Sundays at Jacques; which resulted in Junior Mance hearing him play drums and offering him his first paid gig as a drummer in New York.

Initially described in the New York press as a "bubbling cauldron of musical vitality," Pratt has added musical diversity to his cauldron by performing with the American Symphony, the Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey; in the Broadway hits: Ain't Suppose to Die; Dude; Raisin; and notably, Pratt was the drum soloist in Broadway's smashing tribute to Duke Ellington - Sophisticated Ladies! [see videos below]

In the traditional Jazz arena, Pratt spent over three years as a member of the New York Jazz Quartet, which included Sir Roland Hanna, Frank Wess, and George Mraz. Pratt has also accompanied Billy Taylor, Milt Jackson, Milton Hinton, Frank Foster, Monte Alexander, Michel Legrand, Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman, and Benny Carter among others.

The lightness and sensitivity of his drumming has enhanced such legendary vocalists as: Nancy Wilson, Aretha Franklin, Marlena Shaw, Barry White, Melba Moore, the Temptations, Della Reese, Johnny Hartman, Carol Sloane, and Johnny Desmond as well.
OLATHE CD SYNOPSIS: Jazz, Bossa, Salsa and the blues are presented by legendary musicians with the leader performing in the two ensemble formats of a Trio with Major Holley on acoustic bass and Tom Pierson on piano and then in a Septet with: David Dutemple on electric bass; Greg Kogan on piano; Billy Butler on guitar; Ross Konikoff on trumpet and flugelhorn; Robert Carten on saxophones and flute; and Tony Salvatori on bass trombone.



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sharon benton

Corn-fed Cutie from Kansas
Richie, remember me. I played in the drumline with you at OHS. I was Class of '62. I played snare drum in orchestra and tenor drums in marching band. You taught me a lot. Oh, those rim shots...My aunt had attended Shawnee Mission High School right after WWII. Her band director. was Harold George, Warren's father. Remember Buz in the trumpet section. His mother , Nora Ann, passed away two or three years ago. I remember your Mama and brother. Your Mama took no prisoners.

I love the album. No surprise to me how talented you are. Of course, you know I attended K-State? Didn't play in the band. Majored in physical education. I had heard you did the Broadway thing and New York scene. You look great and sound better than ever. You have the soft touch. I wish my Aunt could have heard you play. She wouldn't take my word for how good you were and are. I told her you could put Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa to the test!

I lSharon