Rick Hannah jazz guitarist

Rick Hannah plays jazz guitar in a club in Ettlingen

Rick Hannah plays jazz guitar at Birdland59, a well known jazz club in Ettlingen, near Karlsruhe.
Photo © Willi Eisele

Philadelphia-born musician Rick Hannah has been playing guitar since he was 12 years old.

He worked in Los Angeles in the 1970–1980s, playing blues, rock, funk and fusion; he toured Europe several times with drummer Alphonse Mouzon and organist Brian Auger, and then joined the “Billy Mitchell–John Bolivar Group”, recording the album Passion.

In 1996, having decided to dedicate himself to mainstream jazz: swing/bop/blues, he returned to the East Coast where, influenced by Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett, he developed the art of the Jazz Guitar Trio, with the guitar replacing the traditional piano in this format.

In France from 2005, he continued to concentrate on his new Trio, while creating and directing the “Guitar Big Band de Strasbourg”; and organized regular jazz nights in a Strasbourg café.

Brilliant practitioner of Solo Jazz Guitar, he favors intimate settings that promote greater interaction with the audience.

These days he performs primarily in France and Germany.