Rick Kilburn

rickbytonyI was born and raised in a musical family from Vancouver, British Columbia and grew up listening to jazz and playing Jazz. I attended the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts in 1973 and 1974 and then moved to New York City where I worked as a bassist with such diverse musicians as Dave Brubeck, Darius Brubeck, Dan Brubeck, Mose Allison, Airto, Flora Purim and Chet Baker. I remember Paul Desmond saying, “Yah, that Rick sure can play!”

After ten years in New York, I returned to the West Coast of British Columbia where I taught music and improvisation at Malaspina College on Vancouver Island from 1984 to 1987. I also started my first production company, creating jingles and sound tracks for radio, television, and film. In 1987, I joined the faculty at Vancouver Community College teaching bass and was given the opportunity to create a demo production class that I taught for 21 years.

From 1990 to 1995, I was on the faculty of the Jazz Workshop at the Banff Center for the Arts, creating and developing the audio portion of the program, which attracts engineers from around the world. Audio participants receive hands on experience in live sound reinforcement, microphone techniques, recording, and mixing.

I have produced over 100 recording projects, released on both major and independent labels and have been involved with two Juno award winning projects with The Hugh Fraser Quintet, “Looking Up” and “In the Mean Time.” Juno nominations include Sal Ferreras for “Visible Minority,” Lee Pui Ming for “Nine Fold Heart,” and Hard Rubber orchestra for “Cruel Yet Fair.”

I built and operated Riverside Recording from 1993 to 2009 and during this time was fortunate to record and produce some of the finest musicians on the planet.

I have enjoyed a fifty year career as a Jazz Bassist, working with some of the Jazz Greats and have played at the Village Gate, the Village Vanguard, Bradley’s, The Bottom Line, The Rainbow Room, The Blue Note in New York City, Georges Spagetti House, Blues Alley, Jazz Alley, and the Top of the Senator to name a few nightclubs. Some of the concert venues that I have played at are, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Boston Symphony Hall, as well as the Orpheum and Queen Elizabeth Theaters in Vancouver to name a few.

I was a creator of the Composers’ Jazz Orchestra Society in Vancouver, which over the years contributed to the creation, rehearsal, and performance of new works from Canadian jazz composers and I have an ongoing interest in where all our old treasures have ended up.

Since 2009, with the Rick Kilburn Quartet I have been exploring the world entertaining travelers with musical experiences in cruise ship lounges and cabarets. I am currently exploring ideas for what I would want to do next.

That is my story so far and this is what I am interested in doing and what I imagine could happen.

My creative interests

I am interested in connecting the community to the films and recordings from live performances of Vancouver jazz greats like Ian McDougall, Don Thompson, Bobby Hales, and to the big bands. The Big bands don’t have opportunities as they once did to play and tour together. That was what created and what creates the big band live experience.

I am interested in becoming a creative contributor to an enterprise that creates and seeds fields of creative ideas and creative expression, as well as creating a family in the community around the idea of creating a future for jazz as a unique form and experience of creative expression.

I would like to create a part for myself in Vancouver to contribute to creating a heritage for jazz and to our appreciation for the contributors and the contributions of jazz to our heritage, and create a future for jazz in Vancouver and in our world.

In the Zone: Rick Kilburn – Youtube
Rick Kilburn

Sketch of Rick Kilburn by Tony Bennett