Richard has released five albums of original music including the underground classic “Free Fall”, and “The Evolution Suite” for Jazz Quintet, String Quartet, and Electronics. A dedicated educator, he has been on the faculty at Manhattan School of Music since 1986. His book, Jazz Composition and Arranging in the Digital Age, has been hailed as a comprehensive and trend-setting text for jazz composers in the 21st century.
Richard has received numerous awards including two NEA grants in Jazz Composition, an ASCAP Jazz Composition Award, and a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works grant. His extensive work in the field of film and TV has included projects for ABC, NBC, CBS, Disney, and Nickelodeon. Born in Philadelphia, Richard studied composition and arranging with Hall Overton, Ludmillah Ulehla, Manny Albam, and Michael Gibbs. He received a MM in Jazz Composition from the Manhattan School of Music.
Richard Sussman talks about Cicada Love Dance (for Composers NOW)
The Evolution Suite, Mov’t 5, “Perpetual Motion”
The Evolution Suite, Mov’t 1, “Into the Cosmic Kitchen”