Pat Riccio Jr. is a genuine Canadian music industry hero. Son of Pat Riccio Sr., one of Canada’s pioneers in jazz music, young Pat grew up in the presence of a great music composer and band leader. From the age of 17, Pat has been working as a professional musician and music producer, and since then he has toured the world, produced hit albums, and has been musical director on several major TV specials.
Pat joined the Anne Murray show in 1968, and in 1975 he became the musical director. In 1980, Pat won a Juno award for producing Anne Murray’s, ‘There’s a Hippo in my Tub’ children’s album. Aside from playing keyboards with Anne Murray all across the world, Pat also co-conducted orchestras such as the Dallas-Fort Worth Symphony and the Toronto Symphony. He performed on countless TV shows, including BBC television, Saturday Night Live, Merv Griffin, and The Tonight Show. Pat has also been the musical director in such venues as the Sydney Operahouse, the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, Radio City Music Hall, and the Grand ‘Ol Opry.
Pat has had the opportunity to work with some incredibly talented musicians, actors and comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld, Rodney Dangerfield, Dolly Parton, Lenny Breau, Kris Kristofferson, Paul Grady, Brian Ahearn, Skip Beckwith, Doug Riley, Peter Cardinali, Steve Sexton, Domenic Troiano, Paul Schaffer, and Prakash John.
Currently, Pat is an actor, music producer, professional musician and music teacher. With a wealth of knowledge and experience to share, Pat Riccio Jr. is here to help develop and produce aspiring musicians and artists to be the best that they can be.