Meet Rigel

His vocals have never been this effortless being nuanced and specific, without loosing the raw honesty necessary for any blues influenced artist.
— Doug Harrison, The Outpatient Monk
 
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Rigel at his Yamaha U3, 2016

 

Origins

Rigel is a full-time father, full-time husband, and full-time musician.

Rigel has been playing piano since he was eight. In high school he played and sang in the jazz band, tutoring under local jazz pros: Barney McClure and Overton Berry. He attended jazz camp clinics including Centrum Jazz Festival and Frank DeMiero vocal jazz camp. He cut his teeth singing and playing standards on the streets of Port Townsend, WA. He moved to Austin TX in 2000 and started playing private parties, weddings and local restaurants and bars including: the Driskill hotel, Louie’s 106, Austin Club, Barton Creek Country Club, Austin Country Club, Zu Zu’s. Rigel is currently a resident musician at the Truluck’s restaurant.