Greg Ritchie was born in Halifax, Canada in 1980 to a musical family. His grandfather played trombone in various big bands and his grandmother still plays piano and always encouraged Greg to play when he was young. He took an interest in the drums when he was about 12 years old and studied privately with Norman Calp for 4 years. Greg’s father, an entrepreneur and amateur violinist, and his mother both supported his love for music and supported his subsequent move to Montreal where he attended McGill University’s Jazz program.
In Montreal, Ritchie was quickly sought out by bandleaders, such as Francois Bourassa, Jeff Johnston, Steve Amirault and Christine Jensen, and toured throughout Canada, US Europe and Japan while still in school. Before he graduated he was asked to coach one of McGill’s jazz combos. After performing touring and teaching in Montreal for 5 years, he was awarded a professional development grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to pursue private study in New York City. Since then Ritchie has remained in New York, becoming a desired and respected sideman and band leader. He has accompanied and/or recorded with a variety of of bands/bandleaders including; David Liebman, Jonathan Kreisberg, Michael Blake, Adam Rogers, Vic Juris, ‘Clare and the Reasons’, David Binney and Cristina Pato.
Greg currently leads his solo project and co-leads the Brooklyn-based co-operative group ‘The Story’ (www.thestorymusic.com). He resides in Brooklyn where his work performing and composing continues to evolve.