Rick Shaw spent three seasons with the Sacramento Symphony before attending Eastman School of Music. At Eastman he performed in their Philharmonia Orchestra and completed the Jazz Studies program with a Masters of Music degree in 1981.
In 1983 Rick moved to Los Angeles and began working freelance. Since then he has toured with the 60’s vocal group The Lettermen, and jazz artists Buddy Rich and Maynard Ferguson, also recording with Maynard on his first High Voltage CD. He also tours regularly with Johnny Mathis.
In addition to being a regular with the Big Phat Band, Rick also plays with Bill Holman and Chick Corea. As an educator at Riverside Community College he teaches bass students and small ensembles, and his students have won acclaim and their division at the Reno Jazz Festival.
As a sideman, Mr. Shaw has recorded commercials and TV shows such as “JAG,” “King of the Hill” and “The Simpsons.” Recordings for vocalists include Julio Iglesias, Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, Celine Dion, Beck, and Ray Charles. He’s also performed in orchestras for movies such as “Freaky Friday,” “National Treasure” and “Legally Blonde II.”