Multi-instrumentalist, composer/arranger and producer Richard Drexler, an Illinois native, has been based out of Florida since 1985. He has toured the world over, gigging with hundreds of jazz greats (see the discography/credits page). Since 2001 he has toured regularly with the Jeff Berlin Trio and, on occasion, with the Woody Herman Orchestra and trombonist John Allred, among others. Singers he has accompanied include Mel Torme’, Tony Bennett, Diahann Carroll, Frankie Laine, Bob Dorough, Mose Allison, and many more. He is an adjunct faculty member in the jazz department of the University of Central Florida in Orlando and has his own private teaching studio.
He has remained active in the studio, appearing on or producing over one hundred CDs ranging from salsa to avant-garde to country & western to the thrash metal group Saigon Kick. He has assisted guitarist/composer/producer Richie Zellon on much of the Songosaurus label catalog, devoted to jazz fused with South American rhythms. He produced his first album of originals, “Flaming Spirit”, in 1978 with Dave Liebman, Tom Harrell, Steve laSpina and Clay Hulet.
His compositions and arrangements include chamber music, symphonic works and concertos as well as several dozen recorded jazz tunes. A major direction in his music has been combining classical music with jazz and Latin forms, as in his Songosaurus CD “Senor Juan Brahms” and arrangements of works by Mahler, Chopin and other composers.