on Vashon Island, and raised in Seattle, Richard
Person came from an old-world
family that believed every child must learn an instrument. He
picked up his dad's trumpet at age five and was fronting dance
bands by age thirteen. In his high school years he also studied
saxophone and piano, and worked in bands playing all styles. Drafted
after three years of college, he played in the army concert band
and big band performing swing and jazz. After his time in the
military he went on the road with several different types of groups,
and played almost all fifty states. Finally landing in southern
California, Richard hooked up with several influential players
while fine-tuning his musical style. There he worked in the recording
industry and in clubs. His
credits include Hollywood studio stints with Billy May, Les Baxter
and the Della Reese Big Band.
returning to his roots on Vashon Island, Richard Person has been
performing regularly in the greater Seattle area, appearing with
many notable Northwest musicians. On the island he is artistic
director of the Portage Fill-Harmonic, Vashon's own big band.
It was in 1988 that Person began collaborating with pianist Tom
Wilkins. This twosome forms the nucleus of the group that later
becomes the Island Jazz Quintet.
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