Richard R. Wiggins was born on October 7, 1933 in Greenwich, CT, graduating from Greenwich High School in 1952, and from RCA Institutes in 1960. He was employed by CBS News in 1964 as a sound tech for CBS Reports, and in 1968 for 60 Minutes with Harry Reasoner & Mike Wallace, retiring from CBS in 1989. His work included worldwide travel, a portable piano became an essential part of his luggage on 60 Minute trips, so he could practice in hotel rooms after work; Richard remembers "catching the plane from Bogotá, Columbia, in the 70's, to make a Friday night gig in Stamford Connecticut."
The artist started playing piano at age 10 when his mother bought a piano for his younger sister. He "took approximately four or five lessons, and according to Richard, "The rest comes via the grace of God." Although he plays in various venues, Richard is usually performing at Gigi's Folderol in Westtown, NY on Friday & Saturday nights, and you can find him at the West Point Club (formally known as the Officers' Club) playing for the Sunday Brunch from 10a.m.-2p.m. every Sunday (for the past 11 years). Incidentally, you don't have to be military to attend. Richard was employed at New York's famous River Cafe from 1996 thru 2001 during the week.
Richard performs traditionally American Classics. Gershwin, Cole Porter, Richard Rogers, Sammy Kahn, Broadway etc., with a New York night club jazz feel, and includes vocals. For more information: A HREF = "mailto:
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