Richard Frank (RichardFrank@PlayTheGroove.com) has been entrenched in the entertainment industry for 30 years as both a professional musician and a successful business development executive. Raised in a small town in upstate New York, he received an AAS in Music Performance at Onondaga Community College, and a BM in Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California. His proficiency as an acoustic & electric bassist turned professional when invited to perform with several world-class ensembles including the Harry James Orchestra & the American Youth Symphony under the baton of Maestro Mehli Mehta that resulted in him producing a one-hour PBS documentary on the legendary Indian conductor.
These ambitious accomplishments led to a series of positions as a marketing and communications specialist with several top-tier creative agencies gaining expertise in everything from film and TV title design and branding to major launch packages, radio campaigns & animation sequences. In his expansive career, Frank has worked with nearly every major television network and film studio in Hollywood.
The roots of PlayTheGroove® (http://playthegroove.com/) stem from having grown up in rural America with very limited access to the rich diversity that exists in music. Though drawn toward music at a young age, Richard was not introduced to so-called jazz until college. This lack of exposure was the underlying inspiration behind PlayTheGroove. Always up to a challenge, Richard started to think about a new path for music education and reached out to some of the top people in the field to discuss his idea. One of those educators directs one of the top music departments in the country – particularly when it comes to jazz; and that is none other than Chris Stevens – president of the California Alliance for Jazz and head of the Long Beach Polytechnic High School’s jazz department