Rick Olivarez Trio

Formed in the summer of 2007, The Olivarez Trio presents the sound of modern day Jazz Manouche while maintaining a solid grounding in the tradition begun Europe in the late 1930′s. The Trio consists of Rick Olivarez on lead guitar, with Jeff Cheers on rhythm guitar, and Dave Berzonsky on upright bass.

Rick Olivarez began his study of the music of Django Reinhardt in rural Utah in the early 1980′s, and further studied Eastern European Gypsy music upon his arrival in New Orleans in 1990. He led the trio Tzigano for a year in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He arrived in Charlottesville in 1994, where he teaches music when not performing with the Trio.

Left to Right: Jeff Cheers (Rhythm Guitar), Rick Olivarez (Lead Guitar), Dave Berzonsky (Bass)

Upcoming Dates:

Sun. 4/5 – Private Event (New Orleans, LA)