Roxy Soundcheck: Spotlight on Rick Germanson

This week at Roxy Bar located in the Roxy Hotel New York, we’re proud to feature acclaimed jazz pianist Rick Germanson. Stay-tuned regularly for a new installment of The Roxy Soundcheck!   


Musically Yours, 

The Roxy Bar Team


NAME: Rick Germanson


HOMETOWN: Milwaukee, WI


MUSICAL TRAINING: Manhattan School of Music with Jaki Byard, Wisconsin Conservatory with David Hazeltine


FIRST GIGS: My first gigs were In Milwaukee/Chicago area. Saxophonist Frank Morgan took me on my first tour to Europe and then I moved to NYC after winning the American Pianists Association Competition in 1996.


MY MUSICAL INFLUENCES: Bud Powell, Wynton Kelly, Cedar Walton and Mulgrew Miller, and the people I have played with over the year like Pat Martino, Louis Hayes, Steve Nelson and Russell Malone.


LATEST MUSICAL PROJECTS: I’m currently working and recording as a sideman a lot.


FAVORITE PLACE TO GO IN NYCRiding my bike on the West Side Highway bike path.


IN 2024 I HOPE TO: Record a new trio album.


WHY I LOVE PERFORMING AT THE ROXY BAR:  I dig playing at the Roxy Bar because of the scene and the great piano, and that we can just go in and really hit!