Jazz pianist/composer/producer Rick Gallagher has been a part of the Pittsburgh music scene since the late 1980's. Over the years Rick has done solo and group work in a wide range of contemporary styles but has found a voice as a player and composer in classic jazz. In addition to his trio, he has worked with many of the region’s top jazz musicians, singers and bands ranging from the Boilermaker Jazz Band to the River City Brass Band. He also has done solo piano jobs at such diverse venues such as the historic Grand Concourse, the Gandy Dancer Saloon piano bar, high tea at the Omni William Penn Hotel, the PPG Holiday Series, and the critically acclaimed Pines Tavern restaurant. Currently, Rick is the pianist/music director at the Chapel at Orchard Hill Church in Wexford, PA, and can be seen regularly at his long-standing spotlight as the pianist with the US Steel Tower downtown. Gallagher is noteworthy for his classic jazz style, creative arrangements, memorable originals, and his soulful organic sound. Rick has ten recordings and his music has been enjoyed on radio stations worldwide.
In 2018 Rick began releasing instrumental music in other genres. Rick Gallagher Project is the cross-genre music platform of Pittsburgh based composer/pianist/producer Rick Gallagher. A career jazz pianist/educator, Gallagher brings his creative harmonic approach, melodic vision, improvisational spirit and delicate soulful touch to a blend of musical genres. Gallagher's musical markings relax, stimulate, and inspire. Rick's first recorded work for solo felted piano, Upright Sketches Vol 1, is scheduled for release in the Fall/Winter of 2019.
A Pittsburgh native and father of four, Gallagher received a Bachelor of Music at Duquesne University where he studied under the mentorship of David Budway. His influences include Herbie Hancock, Horace Silver, Red Garland, Brad Mehldau, Vince Guaraldi, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Benny Green, Ray Brown, Wynton Kelly, Cyrus Chestnut and George Shearing. Rick is available for concerts, studio work, custom composition, film and TV scoring, private music instruction, church performances, and other private and public events. Full list of Film and TV Credits.