Richard Drexler

Multi-instrumentalist shares tales of his extraordinary jazz adventures

Exclusive video interview with FBPO’s Jon Liebman
September 26, 2022

Richard Drexler is no stranger to the jazz scene. He’s perhaps best known for working with the Jeff Berlin Trio and, more recently, playing with Kenny Drew Jr. and the Woody Herman Orchestra. But over the years, the bassist/pianist/composer has also collaborated with a who’s who of jazz greats including Mel Torme, Tony Bennett, Nat Adderley, Brian Bromberg, Gary Burton, Stanley Clarke, Vinnie Coliauta, Paquito d’Rivera, Al DiMeola, and Mike Stern, just to name just a few. Outside of the jazz realm, the Illinois native has collaborated with groups as varied as Cheap Trick, Little Anthony & the Imperials, and Saigon Kick. In addition to playing the bass and piano, Drexler is also an educator, who teaches with the University of Central Florida’s jazz department in Orlando. 

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  1. Richard Smith says:

    Why did I take up the bass? It was 1966, I was 16, and my friends played the “popular” instruments: guitar and drums. I chose electric bass after catching The Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa and others in concert. Bass inevitably turned up as a major sonic connector. Guitar solos were too flashy and I was too shy, drummers had too much to cart around. And I understood the bass’s foundational role. A great start, I’m still going at 72!🏋️‍♀️

    1. Jon Liebman says:

      Thanks, Richard. I love it! Very inspiring. Keep on groovin’!

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