Rick Kilburn

   Band Leader, musician, composer, award-winning record producer, engineer and educator. Rick Kilburn can lay claim to all of the above.

   Born and raised in a musical family from Vancouver, B.C., Kilburn grew up listening to and playing Jazz. He attended the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, during 1973/74, and from there moved to New York, where he worked as a bassist with such diverse players as Dave Brubeck, Mose Allison, Airto, Flora Purim and Chet Baker.

    After ten years in New York, Kilburn returned to the West Coast of British Columbia. He taught music and improvisation at Malaspina College on Vancouver Island from 1983 to 1987 and started his first production company, creating jingles and sound tracks for radio, television and film.

   Kilburn joined the faculty at Vancouver Community College in 1987, teaching bass and master classes, as well as developing a course in demo production and giving workshops in recording.

   From 1990 to 1995, he was on the faculty of the Jazz Workshop at the Banff Center for the Arts, originating and developing the audio portion of the program that attracts engineers from around the world. Audio participants receive hands on experience in live sound reinforcement, microphone techniques, recording, and mixing.

   In the past couple of decades, Kilburn has produced over 100 Album projects, released on both major and independent labels. He has been involved with two Juno award winning projects, both with The Hugh Fraser Quintet, for “Looking Up” and “In the Mean Time." CARAS - West Coast Music awards include: Hugh Fraser - “ Pas De Problem," Video Barbeque, and “MAXIMALISM,"  June Katz - “Lulu’s Back in Town," and Saul Berson - “From Here To Beyond,"  His recording of “VEJI Now” made it to the Grammy short list in 1989. Juno nominations include: Sal Ferreras - “Visible Minority,"  Lee Pui Ming - “Nine Fold Heart," Sumalao - “Encuentros,"  and Hard Rubber Orchestra - “Cruel Yet Fair."

   Rick Kilburn has enjoyed a forty-odd year career as a Jazz Bassist, working with some of the best. During this period he has played at The Village Vanguard, The Village Gate, Bradley’s, Bottom Line, the Rainbow Room, the Blue Note in New York City, The Top of the Senator and Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. Concert venues that Rick has performed at include: Avery Fisher Hall (Lincoln Center), Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Boston Symphony Hall, the Orpheum, and Queen Elizabeth Theater in Vancouver.

   As well, guest appearances, accompanying various jazz groups performing in concert with Symphony Orchestras include: The Dave Brubeck Quartet with the Cincinnati Symphony, New Orleans Symphony, Ohio State Symphony, Joffrey Ballet with the Chicago Symphony at Ravinia, Southern Cross Quintet with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

   Rick is leader of The Rick Kilburn Quartet and has been working for Princess Cruises since 2009...

   Rick Kilburn has been written about in the both the New Yorker and Playboy magazines, as well as reviews in many newspapers. TV and Radio appearances include Good Morning America, AM America and CBC Radio/TV.