UCF Music Department
Richard Drexler

Richard Drexler

  • Instructor

Richard.Drexler@ucf.edu
407.823.3845
Office Hours: Monday 1:50-2:30; Tuesday 10:15-11:00, 2:50-3:30; Wednesday 10:30-11:20; Thursday 10:15-11:00; Friday 12:20-1:00
Campus Location: PACM218
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Multi-instrumentalist, composer/arranger and producer Richard Drexler, an Illinois native, has been based in Florida since 1985 and is now on the road frequently with the Jeff Berlin Trio. A couple of long house pianist stints kept him busy for nine years in the Tampa Bay area, where he performed with many visiting artists. More recently he has done some touring with the Jeff Berlin Trio and with the Woody Herman Orchestra and trombonist John Allred, among others. He has been working as bassist in the Kenny Drew Jr. trio and regularly appearing as a bassist or pianist/vocalist in the jazz clubs of central Florida. Singers he has accompanied include Mel Torme, Tony Bennett, Frankie Laine, Bob Dorough, Mose Allison, Roseanna Vitro, Vic Damone, Al Jarreau, Connie Francis, Dena DeRose and Karrin Allyson.

He has been active in the studios, appearing on dozens of CDs ranging from salsa to avant-garde to country and 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. On these projects he has recorded with Bob Mintzer, Paquito dRivera, Jerry Bergonzi, Gato Barbieri, Claudio Roditi, Alex Acuna and others.

Richard produced his first album of originals, Flaming Spirit in 1978 with Dave Liebman, Tom Harrell, Steve laSpina and Clay Hulet. The list of noted jazz musicians Richard has gigged with runs in the hundreds. His playing has had very favorable reviews in magazines such as Jazz Times, Down Beat, Jazz Improv and Jazziz, and in dozens of online publications.

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.

"I have heard the future of Jazz, and it is Richard Drexler", Eric Addeo, Joel Chriss and Company, Jazz Times Magazine, 2004.

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10331 MUN3714 Jazz Combo Face to Face Instruction (P) Not Online
No Description Available
10334 MUT3171 Jazz Theory Ⅱ Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) M,W 09:30 AM - 10:20 AM Not Online
No Description Available
10628 MUT3923 Jazz Workshop Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 09:00 AM - 10:15 AM Not Online
No Description Available
10619 MVJ1214 Jazz Bass Ⅰ Face to Face Instruction (P) F 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
10629 MVJ2224 Jazz Bass Ⅱ Face to Face Instruction (P) F 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
10651 MVJ3234 Jazz Bass Ⅲ Face to Face Instruction (P) F 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
10652 MVJ4244 Jazz Bass Ⅳ Face to Face Instruction (P) F 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
16774 MVJ5354C Jazz Bass Ⅴ Face to Face Instruction (P) F 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
16775 MVJ6464C Jazz Bass Ⅵ Face to Face Instruction (P) F 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81467 MUN3714 Jazz Combo Face to Face Instruction (P) Available
No Description Available
81537 MUN5716L Jazz Chamber Group Face to Face Instruction (P) Available
No Description Available
80509 MUT3170 Jazz Theory Ⅰ Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) Available
No Description Available
80855 MUT3923 Jazz Workshop Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 09:00 AM - 10:15 AM Available
No Description Available
81223 MVJ1214 Jazz Bass Ⅰ Face to Face Instruction (P) F 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available
80848 MVJ2224 Jazz Bass Ⅱ Face to Face Instruction (P) F 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available
80959 MVJ3234 Jazz Bass Ⅲ Face to Face Instruction (P) F 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available
80960 MVJ4244 Jazz Bass Ⅳ Face to Face Instruction (P) F 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available
80958 MVJ5354C Jazz Bass Ⅴ Face to Face Instruction (P) F 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available
80961 MVJ6464C Jazz Bass Ⅵ Face to Face Instruction (P) F 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available

No courses found for Summer 2020.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
17521 MUN3714 Jazz Combo Face to Face Instruction (P) Available

The jazz chamber group is a small group meeting in a performance rehearsal setting.  Placement is by audition at the start of each semester, open to all UCF students.

17085 MUT3171 Jazz Theory Ⅱ Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W 09:30 AM - 10:20 AM Available

This class is a continuation of Jazz Theory I from the fall semester.  It is typical taken in the sophomore year in the Jazz Studies sequence, or as an elective at any time.

17453 MUT3923 Jazz Workshop Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 09:00 AM - 10:15 AM Available

Jazz Workshop is the combination of a jazz chamber group and an upper level (junior/senior) jazz theory class, featuring dissemination of knowledge applied in a performance rehearsal setting.  Placement is by audition at the start of each semester.

17444 MVJ1214 Jazz Bass Ⅰ Face to Face Instruction (P) F 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available

There are currently no students enrolled in this class during the 2020 spring semester.

17454 MVJ2224 Jazz Bass Ⅱ Face to Face Instruction (P) F 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available

This class consists of individual private lessons for Jazz Studies string bass majors during their sophomore year, or directly following successful completion of Jazz Bass I.

17524 MVJ3234 Jazz Bass Ⅲ Face to Face Instruction (P) F 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available

There are currently no students enrolled in this class during the 2020 spring semester.

17525 MVJ4244 Jazz Bass Ⅳ Face to Face Instruction (P) F 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available

There are currently no students enrolled in this class during the 2020 spring semester.

17550 MVJ5354C Jazz Bass Ⅴ Face to Face Instruction (P) F 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available

There are currently no students enrolled in this class during the 2020 spring semester.

17551 MVJ6464C Jazz Bass Ⅵ Face to Face Instruction (P) F 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available

There are currently no students enrolled in this class during the 2020 spring semester.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
89765 MUN3714 Jazz Combo Face to Face Instruction (P) Not Online
No Description Available
89786 MUN5716L Jazz Chamber Group Face to Face Instruction (P) Available
No Description Available
89290 MUT3170 Jazz Theory Ⅰ Face to Face Instruction (P) F 09:30 AM - 10:20 AM Available
No Description Available
89952 MUT3923 Jazz Workshop Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 09:00 AM - 10:15 AM Available
No Description Available
90075 MVJ1214 Jazz Bass Ⅰ Face to Face Instruction (P) F 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available
89656 MVJ2224 Jazz Bass Ⅱ Face to Face Instruction (P) F 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available
89774 MVJ3234 Jazz Bass Ⅲ Face to Face Instruction (P) F 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available
89775 MVJ4244 Jazz Bass Ⅳ Face to Face Instruction (P) F 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available
89773 MVJ5354C Jazz Bass Ⅴ Face to Face Instruction (P) F 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available
89776 MVJ6464C Jazz Bass Ⅵ Face to Face Instruction (P) F 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available

Updated: Aug 28, 2020

Music Department • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
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