Rick Laus (drums, founder/leader)
Rick Laus has been performing professionally since 1968, and is owner of Rick Laus Drums and Percussion. He has performed with many area bands, including Matt Ferrante and Modern Times, Bob Riddle’s Kings of Swing, Bombay Blue Sapphire Band, Orchestra Tropical, Algo Latino, Pittsburgh Simcha Orchestra, Hot Matzohs, Val Clark, John McDonald and The Mango Men, Dr. Kwasi and The Islanders, Glen Quarrie Quartet, and Pirate Bucco Band. In addition, Rick has produced and performed on a jazz cd “Family and Friends” with RML Jazz, and is the founder/leader of Groove Merchant.
Mike Clancy (saxes, flute, percussion)
Mike Clancy is one of Pittsburgh’s most dynamic sax players and has worked with many of the top jazz, latin, and variety groups in the area. Mike headed his own band for many years and has played with area groups such as Groove Merchant, Nitestar, and The Bombay Blue Sapphire Band, and in addition to RML Jazz, Mike performs with his Irish duo, Abbotts Cross, and Stick To It. He is well known for his energetic and exciting soloing, as well as his sensitive and supportive ensemble performance. In addition to his performance schedule, Mike also teaches music for the Baldwin School District. For more information, you can check out Mike's website.
Perry Pinto (bass)
Perry Pinto is one of Pittsburgh’s best-kept secrets, and one of the most versatile bass players in town. Perry performs with Groove Merchant and John McDonald and the Mango Men as well as the Civic Light Opera production “Patsy”, and plays trombone with his own Dixieland group the Dixie Cups. In addition, he has performed with Bob Riddle’s Kings of Swing, Val Clark, and Dr. Kwasi and the Islanders. Perry can also be heard on cd’s by John McDonald and the Mango Men, and “Family and Friends” by RML Jazz. Perry has performed at major area venues, including PNC Park, the Amphitheater at Station Square, Star Lake, Dowe’s on Ninth, Boardwalk, Fresco’s, and many area country clubs, and performs with his Dixieland group annually for the Veteran’s Cruise on the Gateway Clipper.
To learn more, visit rmljazz.net.