A man with the genius and vivacity of Ricardo Scales was born to be noticed. It wasn't long after he began playing piano at San Francisco's famed Redwood Room at the Clift Hotel that Ricardo attracted the attention of critics, musicians, and concert-goers alike. Artists such as Billy Joel, Harry Connick Jr., Liza Minelli, and Joe Cocker are among the few who visited Ricardo at the Redwood Room to join him on a number or two.
Ricardo has played for five United States presidents, including Bill Clinton, and countless diplomats, heads of state, and foreign dignitaries. He has shared concert bills with such notables as Debbie Reynolds, the Commodores, Nancy Wilson, Jerry Vale, Nelson Rangell, Jeff Linsky, and Kenny Lattimore. He is the preferred pianist of San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, who raves that Ricardo's dynamic performances will surely "cement him and his orchestra into classical/smooth jazz history."
Perhaps Ricardo's versatility is connected with his popular success. Able to deliver smooth background jazz for museum openings, party-starting funk for fund-raisers, elegant classical for political forums, or danceable favorites for weddings and wine festivals, Ricardo knows just the note to hit for different audiences. This impressive repertoire, in combination with talent and tenacity, cinches Ricardo as one of today's most exciting performers and will surely earn him a seat among San Francisco's very finest musicians of all time.