Richard Fairfax is a native New Yorker who has participated in a wide spectrum of cultural activities throughout the last five decades. He was a sideman in professional bands, occasionally backing up star performers like the Four Tops and Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes. He studied musical performance and composition with Makanda Ken McIntyre and Warren Smith, playing with them and other exceptional musicians on the New York City jazz scene throughout the 1980's and 90's. Mr. Fairfax collaborated with socially, politically conscious theaterpoetry- dance-music groups, including The Sedition Ensemble, Elliot Bratton's Message and the We Owe Somebody Collective. Over many years of employment at ASCAP, Mr. Fairfax performed his original compositions with musically talented co-workers for special events. In Harlem where Mr. Fairfax resides, he produced and performed the "Freedom Summer 2008" series, which featured some of his works with community discussions of historic events and their contemporary relevance. In recent years, Mr. Fairfax has performed with the Harlem Nightsongs Band.
Richard Fairfax – reeds, Jay Rodriguez – reeds, Wayne du Maine – trumpet, Joseph Daley – tuba, Yoichi Uzeki – piano, Melissa Slocum – bass, and Newman Taylor Baker – drums