Richard Seals

Richard Seals has been performing on drums for nearly forty years and composing music for almost Thirty. As graduate of North Carolina Central University with a Bachelors of Arts in Music, emphasis in Jazz Studies, he has played in almost every musical setting imaginable.  

Richard Seals’ drumming style has been described as, “…a fiery display of finesse and emotion, …an astonishing demonstration of technique tempered by an abundance of ideas and musicianship.” He has shared the stage with top performers such as Buck Hill, Stanley Cowell, Gil-Scott Heron, Larry Seals (LSQ), Stanley Turrentine, Ed Wiley Jr. as well as Percy Sledge.

As a part of Richard journey he has performed in a number of theater productions at Arena Stage of Washington, DC as well as Center Stage in Baltimore, MD. Theater productions include “Dinah Was”, “Blues in the Night”, and the award winning “Thunder Knocking on the Door”.

As a way of giving back to the musical community Richard has been involved in many mentor and student programs in the Washington DC area. This includes clinics at local schools such as Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts.  To assist in these endeavors Richard has been a recipient of a ‘Grants-In-Aid Fellowship Award’ By the D.C. Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to these activates, for more than 16 years Richard has taught drum lessons in his drum studio.


As a musician and composer Richard Seals tries to offer a unique multidimensional view into jazz, and the art of music.


Paul Carr and Jazz
Wilson Center Article

SMP_3070Paul Carr and Jazz Wilson Center Article by Blair A. Ruble.

Saxophonist Paul Carr tells the story of waiting with his saxophone at the baggage claim belt in St. Petersburg, Russia, when another passenger came up and said: “Paul Carr, Westminster Church in Washington.” Paul recounts this incident as a way of testifying to the global reach of Friday Night Jazz at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Southwest Washington, D.C. Home to a hugely successful concert series now nearly two decades old, Westminster has become a touchstone of the D.C. jazz scene.


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The Jazz Academy Ensemble (JAE) is for young instrumental musicians that are interested in playing and performing Jazz music in a group setting. JAE is an excellent opportunity for young musicians who have never improvised or created a solo or those who are in the formative stages of developing their improvisational skills.
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