Exclusive with Richie Love “The Saxiest Man Alive”

by | May 14, 2024

Meet Richie Love the Saxiest Man Alive

Composer, Arranger, Producer, Vocalist, Teacher and Mentor Richie Love is a gifted saxophonist and innovative virtuoso music artist. Love was nurtured deep in the genre roots of “Jazz”, “Blues”, “Rhythm and blues”, and “Funk”. The youngest son of world-renowned saxophonist PRESTON LOVE, who performed with such greats from Count Basie and Billie Holiday, to Marvin Gaye and the Jackson 5, and was MOTOWN’S First West Coast Orchestra Leader/Contractor in the 60s. Love is a multi-talented saxophonist known for his captivating performances, soulful sound and his ability to craft music that blend his innovative personal touches to the nostalgic sounds of classic Motown, Blues and Jazz. With a career spanning decades and a coveted pedigree, the multi-award musician has captivated audiences across prestigious venues and rubbed shoulders with many of the greats. His passion for music is evident in his inspiring musical creations and style and his ability to connect with music lovers. 1 In Music meets Richie Love, rightfully dubbed The Saxiest Man Alive, after the release of the awaited “Come Back”, the first single from his much anticipated album.

Q: With an impressive pedigree and the many Jazz musicians around, what would you say is unique about you and your music?

Richie Love, The Saxiest Man Alive [RL]: I was raised in and around the music business. My father Preston Love performed with some of the greatest music icons in the History of music. Like Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday to all the Motown artists. He was the First West Coast Orchestra Band Leader/Contractor appointed by Berry Gordy for Motown in the 60’s. So I experienced one of the Greatest music stories ever written first hand. Also watching my Godfather Johnny Otis the godfather of R&B was equally phenomenal and influential. These music influences shaped my Love of Songwriting and performing from a very young age. I believe I’m able to naturally harness all of these genres and artists in my composing and performances.

Q: What or who shaped your music and who supports you? In your family, are all your siblings into music too?

RICHIE LOVE releases Come BackRL: A couple of my Greatest influences in Life, Music and Arts was Johnny Otis, my Godfather and Mentor and in music of course my Father World renowned saxophonist Preston Love. Most of my family have supported me from a young age and without the support of my wife I wouldn’t be where I am today.

My Sisters and my brothers are all into music. My cousin Lester Abrams is the composer of the Doobie Brothers classic Minute by Minute co-written with Michael Mcdonald. My half sister Laura Love has done very well in the business. Many of my nieces and nephews are musically inclined and active.

Q: When did you realise you were going to make music professionally?

RL: I started playing sax at age 6, I did my first paid performances at age 14. That started my quest. Being that young, I was automatically hoping for the life of a professional saxophonist/musician like my father and godfather.

Q: What type of music do you listen to?

Richie Love, The Saxiest Man Alive [RL]: I listen to a Wide range of music Genres. Being influenced by Soul and R&B and then Big Band Jazz, Traditional Jazz at a very young age gave me a wider range of music interest then most of the kids around me. Growing up partly in Nebraska I was introduced to pop music. I found that I also was very attracted to some of these artists and songs. A good song is a good song, a good artist its a good artist.

Q: Who, to you, is/are the most undervalued music artist(s)?

RL: I believe that there are countless Black Jazz, Smooth Jazz and R&B/Soul artists today that are undervalued and unrecognised because of the systems in place in the music business. We are also sometimes devalued when it comes to Headlining Shows and Jazz Cruises. It is a sad but true reality. I could make an extensive list of undervalued and unrecognised musicians.

How do you prepare for your performances?

RL: My main preparation is to always know and be well rehearsed on the material to be performed. I believe in being well prepared. Fans and audiences deserve the best an artist can give.

What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?

Richie Love, The Saxiest Man Alive releases Come Back

RL: My Mother was an accomplished Artist and I inherited my art talents and Love of Art from her. So I paint as much as possible. I also create videos for my and other artists’ music releases. I teach and mentor young musicians and have done so for over 35 years. It is one of my greatest passions. Some of my mentees have excelled and continue to strive in the music business.

Success to you is…?

Richie Love, The Saxiest Man Alive [RL]: To me, success is…

“Being able to maintain a decent living doing what you Love”

“Being happy and able to spread Love, Joy and Happiness to others around you. Uplifting others in Life. Being a positive influence on young people as I do with my mentoring”

Q: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?

Music is not hard to learn. Don’t make it harder than it is. It can seem very complicated and can be frustrating when it’s not explained in the right manner. When I teach I stress this, it seems to reach young artists in a way they understand.

Q: I kind of want to learn from you now! You have just released the much anticipated “Come Back”. Can you share the story behind the title and how it reflects the overall theme of the record?

Come Back by Richie Love - Cover ArtI wrote Come Back in 2001. It was one of the songs in a series of about 50 that began flowing through me one after another for almost a year. I truly believe these songs were being channelled through me because they just kept coming with words and music with Hardly any effort. Come Back was always one of the most special. Everyone who heard it, loved it and urged me to release it. I’m so happy to finally introduce it to the World.

Q: Any upcoming projects before the album comes out?

I am currently working on the second single and completing the songs that will be on my upcoming CD for the MRDG Label.

Q: Thank you so much for taking the time to answer our questions. Before we leave, where can we find you and your music?

My music is available worldwide on most major streaming platforms. Keep up with me at Richielove.com