Saxophonist, Blue Note Artist
Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Richardson hails from a city with a rich historical lineage of improvised music. By the age of 16 Richardson had begun performing professionally, and at 19 he left for Boston to attend the Berklee School of Music, followed by a move to New York City to attend the New School University. In New York, Richardson began performing, recording, and touring internationally with artists including Joe Chambers, Billy Hart, Butch Morris, Greg Osby, Stefon Harris and Jason Moran. Richardson has released two prior albums as a leader – 2007’s
(Fresh Sound, New Talent) and 2008’s
(Inner Circle Music) – and was part of NEXT Collective which released the album
(Concord Jazz) in 2013. In 2016 Richardson released his Blue Note Records debut
featuring an impressive band of musical visionaries including guitarist Pat Metheny, pianist Jason Moran, bassist Harish Raghavan, and drummer Nasheet Waits.