Ricardo, born in the Dominican Republic, comes from a musical family. His grandfather was a musician/educator who founded the first municipal band. in His father, Francisco (Cano) was a composer/player with numerous Latin and Latin Jazz bands in New York, including the legendary Machito. His brother, Pablo, was lead singer and principal songwriter for the popular Salsa band, Conjunto Melao; later he led his own bands and wrote hits for stars like Willie Colón and Adalberto Santiago. Ricardo’s son, Remy, is a talented singer-songwriter of captivating Pop songs that are headed for the top of the charts. He skillfully blends the influence of old-school artists like Sam Cooke with modern day acts like John Mayer and Bruno Mars to create music that’s very original, yet very accessible. His music is available on Itunes, Spotify and more.
Ricardo holds a music degree and a Masters in Bilingual Education from the City College Of New York, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. At City he studied with noted composer/pianist John Lewis, founder of the immortal Modern Jazz Quartet. He has also studied with master composer/pianist/educator, Ran Blake, and Jazz guitar legend, Sal Salvador. Other influences in his multicultural melting pot: The Blues of Robert Johnson, the Gospel Soul of Sam Cooke, the Pop mastery of the Beatles, the Latin/world music of Juan Luis Guerra, and a Jazz guitar obsession…
The resulting brew is a refreshing blend of Rock, Latin & Jazz that is beyond category.
Appearances include: The Jazz Mobile, New York’s Town Hall, New England Conservatory of Music, The Bean Runner Café in Peekskill, The Arts Exchange in White Plains, and many others. His songs have won commendations from the Billboard magazine competition and have been published in Sing Out! Magazine. His song, "Friends and Lovers" was a Commended Entry in the Rock category in the UK Songwriting Contest 2012.
Last summer Relix magazine chose Ricardo’s trio as a new artist Jam Off Grand Prize winner. His music is available on Bandcamp, CD Baby, ITunes, Watusi, etc.