Beverly Ritz

Beverly Ritz is a highly respected pianist, composer, and recording artist. Born in Washington, D.C., she grew up listening to beautiful music. When her father drove her to school, she was inundated with the sounds of classical music. In the house, her mother listened to the songs of Jobim and Mancini on popular radio. Beverly began to write down the music she heard in her head even before starting piano lessons at the age of 8. By the time she was in 3rd grade, Ritz realized she had a God-given mission to write, record, and perform music that would transform the moods and lives of its listeners. Beverly's recording, BY ROWDY CREEK, was endorsed by Jessica Williams, George Kahn, and Tim Merritt. Along with George Cables' album, it was chosen as one of the top 25 CDs of 2007 by It was the first Ritz recording to get airplay on NPR stations. The 2009 release, LACEY MAE, set a record for airplay with all nine tracks broadcast on "Saturday Night Jazz" in 9 weeks on KMHD in Portland, Oregon!! The album--with liner notes by jazz critic Scott Yanow--continues to receive airplay on NPR and jazz stations across the USA. BUDDY AND ME, Beverly's 2013 release, allowed Beverly to achieve goals she set for herself as a child--hearing her music on the radio countless times. BLUES FOR DJANGO, the 2016 album, has been named one of the top 15 CDs of the year by renowned jazz critic Luis Raul Montell of The Jazz Global Beat. Her reputation as a recording artist has opened the doors to many prestigious music venues, including: The Performing Arts Center in Newport, Oregon, The Lincoln City Cultural Center, The Inn at Otter Crest & Café Mundo in Oregon, and The Eureka Inn and Patrick Creek Lodge in northern California.