Rick Vandivier is a guitarist skilled at sparking the intellect, warming the heart, and raising the spirit of listeners. He has the subtle sophistication of a premier jazz guitarist, but he plays with the energy of a rocker, the groove of a funkaholic and the lyricism of a seasoned professional. Pacifica Tribune describes his performance style as “cultivat[ing] a whole new threshold of wow…” and “Extraordinary musicianship with plenty of sweets…”
Vandivier has been performing and recording in the San Francisco Bay Area for the last 35 years. He is composer and leader of his own dynamic group, Vandivier, a contemporary eclectic trio. In addition, he is co-leader of Primary Colors, along with vocalist extraordinaire, Nate Pruitt. The group specializes in jazz and grooves with adventuresome interplay. Vandivier has released two CDs, and Primary Colors has three CD releases. Rick has performed with artists that include Carl Saunders, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Bruce Forman, John Handy, Mose Allison, David Grisman, Richie Cole and Dr. Lonnie Smith. He has performed at the The North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland, the Berlin Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, Summerfest in Boston and the San Jose Jazz Festival. Other venues include Chicago Opera House, the Wilshire Theatre in Los Angeles, Insaac in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Africa, the Berklee Performance Center in Boston, the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Five Points Cocktail Bar is one of downtown San Jose’s brightest new spots for drinks and conversation. You’ll find delicious craft cocktails, distinctive local brews and limited menu of tasty bar bites, along with great music each Tuesday evening, curated by SJZ.