May 26, 2023
Artist Spotlight: Rick DellaRatta & Jazz For Peace
On this episode, I am shining a very special artist spotlight on Rick DellaRatta, Jazz singer/pianist & Founder of Jazz for Peace, an organization that provides empowerment, grant sustainable funding, and advocacy for nonprofits, artists, and all outstanding causes worldwide to enable them to be more productive and successful.
* Rick's passion for music ignited at a young age, fueling his desire to bring joy through his musical talents.
* Jazz for Peace originated as a response to 9/11, aiming to bridge divides and connect people through the power of music.
* The concept started with a poem, later transformed into a musical composition, resonating with audiences and receiving positive feedback.
* Jazz for Peace expanded from local concerts to a global organization, including initiatives like providing musical instruments to underprivileged children and promoting music in schools.
* The conversation stresses the importance of preserving rights and taking action through platforms like music before it's too late.
* Rick's journey emphasizes adaptability and seizing opportunities for personal and professional growth.
* Rick's words and quotes gained popularity, demonstrating the impact of genuine expressions of creativity.
* When we fill our souls up with creativity, artistry and intelligence ...we have a better chance at avoiding the behavior that leads to destruction. Rick DellaRatta
* Jazz for Peace unites individuals from diverse backgrounds, showcasing music's power to foster positive change and bring people together.
* The conversation highlights music's ability to ignite passion, inspire personal growth, and transcend cultural and religious boundaries.
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Rick DellaRatta, the acclaimed jazz singer/pianist and founder of Jazz for Peace, has made an indelible mark on the music world with his extraordinary achievements. Considered "One of the most significant cultural events of our time," Jazz for Peace has earned a reputation as one of the world's greatest jazz acts.
* Here are six unprecedented achievements in Rick DellaRatta's jazz journey:
* UNITED NATIONS CONCERT: In a groundbreaking moment, Rick DellaRatta and Jazz for Peace performed at the United Nations Headquarters, leading an international band of jazz musicians from diverse backgrounds. This historic event played a pivotal role in world history, bridging divides through the universal language of music.
* UNITING WORLD LEADERS: The Benefit Concert Series organized by Jazz for Peace has garnered support from more world leaders and prestigious supporters than any other musical event in history. This exceptional achievement underscores the power of jazz to unite people and promote positive change.
* UNPRECEDENTED FUNDING FOR OVER 850 OUTSTANDING CAUSES: Through the Benefit Concert Series, Jazz for Peace has provided unprecedented funding and support to over 850 outstanding causes worldwide. This remarkable contribution has solidified Jazz for Peace as the most significant cultural event of our time, showcasing the transformative power of jazz.
* HELPING CHILDREN: Rick DellaRatta's commitment to helping children extends through the Education Series & Instrument Donation Program. By using Jazz for Peace as a platform, he advocates for musicians' rights and promotes the importance of music education for future generations.
* UNPRECEDENTED MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: Rick's musical prowess is unparalleled, combining mesmerizing vocals in English and Portuguese with virtuoso piano playing and outstanding compositions. His ability to seamlessly blend Latin and Brazilian rhythms has captivated audiences worldwide, solidifying him as one of the most unique and exciting performers in the music industry.
* SUCCESSFULLY BRINGING JAZZ TO NEW AUDIENCES: Rick DellaRatta has successfully introduced the art form of jazz to people who may have never experienced it before. His performances have broken barriers and expanded the reach of jazz, ensuring its enduring relevance in the modern music landscape.
From performing with legendary artists like Dizzy Gillespie to earning comparisons to jazz icons such as Chick Corea and Billie Holiday, Rick DellaRatta's talent as a singer, pianist, and composer knows no bounds. His ongoing "Rick DellaRatta and Jazz for Peace World Tour" has brought him to prestigious venues across the globe, including historic performances in the US, Europe, Africa, and Brazil.
Rick's landmark Jazz for Peace concert at the United Nations continues to inspire and make a lasting impact. Supported and praised by prominent figures like President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and many others, Jazz for Peace has raised funds, awareness, and publicity for over 700 non-profit organizations. Rick's philanthropic efforts have placed him alongside esteemed musicians like Bono, Elton John, Peter Gabriel, and Sting, recognized as top musician philanthropists of our time by The Foundation Center.
Rick DellaRatta's journey embodies the transformative power of jazz, showcasing its ability to bridge divides, uplift communities, and bring people together through the art form of music.
Intro Music: "Welcome To The Kandid Shop" by Anthony Nelson aka BUSS