NBJP : If you were about to have your last meal, what would it be?
RR: Culurgiones from southern Sardinia, my mom’s home made biscuits, and my wife’s banana pudding. (and in case you don’t know what culurgiones are–we didn’t–just click on the link above!)
NBJP: What’s your favorite jazz club to go to if you’re just going to hang?
NBJP: What musician has influenced you the most?
RR: The great trumpeter and my music mentor, Ron Miles in Denver.
NBJP: What instrument, other than the one you play, would you like to be able to play?
RR: I don’t want to play any other instruments: I love all things drums
NBJP: What’s your favorite non-musical pastime?
RR: Beach time with my family.
NBJP: If you weren’t a musician, would would you likely be?
RR: I would likely be a writer or chef if I weren’t a musician.
NBJP: What quality do you like most about yourself?
RR: I’d rather forgive than be angry.
PLUS ONE: When did you know that you wanted to be a professional jazz musician?
RR: I was a sophomore in high school when I heard Wynton Marsalis’s quartet, and realized I wanted to forever pursue creating music that inspires myself and others.