Richard Drexler

Richard Drexler, originally from Bloomington, Illinois, moved to Florida in 1985.

He appeared as pianist and sideman on Janny Grein’s 1999 album Keys of the Kingdom, which received 3 stars and an album pick from AllMusic.

He entered the jazz genre as a pianist on Dan McMillion’s Up Your Brass album and was described by critic Jack Bowers as “definitely one of Florida’s best.”

In 2005 he released his first album as leader, Señor Juan Brahms, with Bob Mintzer on saxophone, Kenny Drew Jr. on piano, and Alex Acuña on drums, featuring jazz standards and arrangements of Johannes Brahms compositions.

The album was notable for “blurring the distinctions that seemingly separate classical, jazz, and Latin American music” and for writing the album’s program notes in which he asked listeners to “listen to recordings of the original versions of all these pieces to hear the context and omitted material.”

In 2018, Drexler joined Harry Allen and the Four Others as the band’s pianist, a tribute to Woody Herman’s Four Brothers saxophone ensemble. The new group included Allen, Lew del Gatto, Jeff Rupert and Saul Dautch as the four saxophonists.

A professor at the University of Central Florida and a member of the group Jazz Professors, Drexler played on the album R&S, released in 2018, and in The Ripple with Lucy Yeghiazaryan’s vocals.