Local Talent: Korey Riker
His instruments: He’s known for his badass tenor saxophone skills. He also plays flute, guitar, clarinet, and the EWI, short for “electronic wind instrument.”
Coolest gigs: Riker has played with Queen Latifah, John Legend, the Roots, Melody Gardot, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, Elvis Costello, Jennifer Hudson, Snoop Dogg … the list goes on.
Least-cool gig: He spent two and a half years performing for Carnival Cruise Line.
Most inspirational album: Chick Corea’s Three Quartets, which introduced him to the late saxophone great Michael Brecker. “My life was changed forever,” he says.
Why he stuck with Philly: “I fell in love with Philly immediately upon moving here in 2004. The local musicians here are distinct. There is a lot of opportunity to do your homework, develop a sound and learn from others.”
Where to check him out: The Kimmel on June 10th, when he’ll perform a world premiere of EDM-inspired jazz tunes that he wrote as a 2015-’16 Kimmel Center Jazz Resident. And mark your calendar for his August 26th show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Published as “Local Talent: Korey Riker” in the June 2016 issue Philadelphia magazine.