My bio (reprinted from the Bass Musician Magazine website):
Rick Suchow has been an in-demand bassist on the live New York music scene for three decades, logging nearly 4000 live performances in a career that has taken him from Lincoln Center to the White House. He continues to perform nearly a hundred gigs per year, appearing in many notable NYC clubs, hotels and venues, and has played numerous major events for some of the biggest names of our time, including two U.S. Presidents (George W. Bush and Bill Clinton) and a who's who of A-list celebrities.
Rick is also a songwriter who's written several Billboard hits, a tune for the all-time best-selling jazzbook The New Real Book, and even a song for one of the Beatles. Songs he has written, or co-written, have been released on 50 albums to date.
As a bass journalist, he has had over a hundred articles published. His unique interviews have included Stevie Wonder's Nathan Watts, Eddie Gomez, Will Lee, Marcus Miller, the Yellowjackets' Jimmy Haslip, Motown's Bob Babbitt, and many others. His literary work on legendary Motown bassist James Jamerson is published in the African American National Biography, which is the "largest repository of black lives ever assembled in our nation's history by almost tenfold" according to publisher Oxford University Press.
Originally a keyboardist, Rick picked up the bass guitar in his teens. When a friend gave him a copy of bassist Jaco Pastorius' debut album, his entire musical life changed. Primarily self-taught, Rick eventually went on to study with bassist Lincoln Goines, and for a brief period was a bass instructor himself as well. He began his career as a pro musician in 1975, and has never stopped working.
Rick is a Grammy-voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, and a member of the American Society of Composers Authors & Publishers, the American Federation Of Musicians (Local 802) and the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. His list of artist credits includes Ringo Starr, Angela Bofill, Joan Osborne, Deodato, Roberta Flack, TKA, Motown's Martha Reeves, Larry Graham, Jay Black, Bettye LaVette, Gary U.S. Bonds, and many others, and he has shared the stage with many world class drummers including David Garibaldi (Tower Of Power), "Jaimoe" Jai Johanny Johanson (Allman Brothers), Roy Burns (NBC Orchestra), and the late Jim Chapin.
Rick brings a lifetime of bass experience to Bass Musician Magazine, and welcomes the opportunity to contribute as the magazine's Associate Editor.
from the scrapbook...
Not long after recording my tune "What Goes Around" for his '92 album Time Takes Time, Ringo kindly signed my White Album. He drew an arrow to his picture so I would know which Beatle he was...
In 2004 I played at the White House for the Bush family Christmas Party, just a month after he was elected to his second term in office. I had the opportunity to chat quite a bit with George, Laura and the twins, and was allowed to roam freely around the entire White House during the night. Very cool event, easily my most memorable gig ever.
I can say that I wrote a number one hit in my life. "SOS Fire In The Sky" reached #1 on the Dutch Top 40 back in the mid 80's. It was also #1 in France and Top 10 in the U.S. on Billboard's Dance Chart.
All in the family: My wife Camille received 4 gold albums and one multi-platinum (6 million in sales) for singing on the smash hit "Come Baby Come" with hip-hop artist K7, which has been released on nearly 30 compilation albums to date.
songs I've written or co-written have been released on the following albums: (list includes imports, reissues and compilations)
Angela Bofill: Let Me Be The One (Arista Records)
Angela Bofill: The Best Of Angela Bofill (Arista Records)
Angela Bofill: The Definitive Collection (Arista Records)
Angela Bofill: Gold And Platinum (Arista Records)
Angela Bofill: Let Me Be The One / Tell Me Tomorrow (Soulmusic)
Angela Bofill: The Best Of Angela Bofill (BMG Special Products)
Angela Bofill: Live From Manilla (Black Angel)
Deodato: Motion (Warner Bros)
Deodato: Happy Hour / Motion (Wounded Bird)
Deodato: The Greatest Hits (Blanco Y Negro)
Deodato: S.O.S., Fire In The Sky - Disarmamix (Warner Bros)
Deodato: The Greatest Hits (vinyl reissue) (Blanco Y Negro)
DJ Frank: In Da Club (ARS Entertainment)
Jean Elan & Andrew McCensit: S.O.S., Fire In The Sky (Battle Beatz)
Paula Faour: Cool Bossa Struttin' (Tratore)
Tony Humphries: Choice (Azuli Records)
Ferry Maat: Soul Show (Universal TV)
Ferry Maat: Soul SHow 35th Anniversary Compilation (PTG Records)
Ringo Starr: Time Takes Time (Private Music)
Ringo Starr: Time Takes Time (reissue w/ bonus track) (BMG Japan)
TKA: Louder Than Love (Tommy Boy Records)
Various Artists: Grand 12-Inches 4 (Sony/BMG)
Various Artists: Hi-NRG Dance Classics (Sony Music)
Various Artists: The Disco Years, Volume 6 (Rhino Records)
Various Artists: Club Classics (Universal)
Various Artists: Disco Remix (Blanco Y Negro)
Various Artists: Dance Classix (Mostiko)
Various Artists: Pioneer V.7 (Blanco Y Negro)
Various Artists: Reinas De La Noche (Blanco Y Negro)
Various Artists: Blanco Y Negro Hits '06 (Blanco Y Negro)
Various Artists: I Love Funky Disco (Blanco Y Negro)
Various Artists: Disco Discharge: Gay Disco & Hi-NRG (Harmless)
Various Artists: Joy To Dance: The Eighties (Mushroom Records)
Various Artists: Disco Breaks 8 (Chart Records)
Various Artists: Dance Classics - Back To The 80's (Arcade)
Various Artists: Mirror Ball Classics (Pro DJ Austrailia
Various Artists: Covers 3: Golden Hits vs. Dance Music (Alrights Japan)
Various Artists: Corne Klijn's Disco Classics Party 2 (Warner Music)
Various Artists: Best Sellers DJs Collection (Netswork International)
Various Artists: Club Classics Vol. 2 ((Arcade)
Various Artists: Now This Is Music Vol. 2 (Eva)
Various Artists: Nirvana 2000 (WEA Japan)
Various Artists: I'm In An 80's Movie (Warner France)
Various Artists: Disco Anthems (3/60)
Various Artists: Power Dance Road (Universal)
Various Artists: 54 Volume 3 (Blanco Y Negro)
Various Artists: Dance Classics Vol 25 & 26 (Rodeo Music)
Various Artists: Viper's Mega Mix Vol. 2 (Metropolitan Records)
Various Artists: Viper's Freestyle Hit Parade (Metropolitan Records)
Various Artists: EAMS Volume 9 (EAMS)