Jim Ridl Quartet
Jim Ridl Quartet
Jim Ridl – Piano
Mark Simon – Bass
Paul Romaine – Drums
John Gunther – Saxophones
“Talent this rich, deep, and focused simply cannot be denied.”
– Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes
Wildly imaginative pianist and composer Jim Ridl returns to his former musical home to perform striking original works with fellow master musicians and decades-old friends.
Jim Ridl is in high demand as a New York City jazz pianist, composer, teacher, and band leader. His ongoing residency at the internationally known jazz club 55 Bar is in its fifth year, where he and his quartet perform his original compositions monthly. From 1994-2004, Jim performed with jazz guitar legend Pat Martino, receiving critically acclaimed reviews of performances around the world, and producing four outstanding recordings: Interchange, Night Wings, The Maker and Nexus. Today, Ridl has performed worldwide with a variety of jazz artists, including the Joe Locke Quartet, the Dave Liebman Big Band, the Paul Jost Quartet and the Mingus Big Band. He has toured with the US State Department’s American Music Abroad program, performing in Russia, South Korea, China, the Philippines, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Slovenia, and Malta. As a composer and leader, Jim has released 7 recordings, the latest entitled Door in a Field, Vol. 2: Songs of the Green River.
Jim was a Princeton University Visiting Artist for three separate semesters, coaching jazz ensembles in repertoire and performance. Jim continues as an adjunct educator in Jazz Piano Studies at The City College of New York and the New York Jazz Workshop in Manhattan.