Rick Cutler has been playing drums since the age of 5 1/2 & keyboards since his teens. He studied both at the Julliard School as well as with jazz great Chick Corea. He has performed in many Broadway shows including Hair, The Wiz, Candide, They're Playing Our Song, Woman of the Year & Seesaw
Cutler has written much music for TV, Film & Radio. Some of his work in this field include the Emmy-nominated theme for Dateline NBC, Later Today on NBC, the theme for the New York Yankees on MSG Cable & the Outlaws & Lawmen mini-series on the Discovery channel.
For 18 years, Cutler served as keyboardist & musical director for tap dance legend Gregory Hines. His composition, Boom was choreographed by Mr. Hines & performed at the nationally televised Gala For The President with President & Mrs. Clinton in attendance. He was also the composer of all of the original music for The Gregory Hines Show on CBS.
Cutler was one of the original percussionists for Leonard Bernstein's "Mass" which was written & performed for the opening of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He performs on the original recording of that piece with Mr. Bernstein conducting. Cutler has also played on countless TV & Radio commercials & themes. Some of the artists he has performed & recorded with include: Liza Minnelli, Leonard Bernstein, Michael Franks, Noel Pointer, Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Don Rickles, Billy Eckstine, Gloria Gaynor, Rodney Dangerfield, Regis Philbin, Donna Summer, Larry Coryell, Jon Lucien, Johnny Hartman, Savion Glover, Perry Farrell, Richie Stotts (Plasmatics) & Charles Aznavour.
Cutler toured for 8 years as 1st keyboardist & drummer with Liza Minnelli, and even on a few occasisons, as conductor. His work with Liza included, work on her Tony-winning Broadway show, "Liza's At The Palace" and on the projects Grammy-nominated cast recording. Cutler's 1st solo release, Sanctuaries, received wide praise, and sophmore effort, First Melancholy, Then The Night Stretch, received great critical acclaim from Radio and media outlets. Cutler is currently writing music for his 3rd CD which will release 2013.