ABOUT


Among many others, Riza Printup has recorded with acclaimed Jazz Trumpeter and husband Marcus Printup Desire  (2013), A Time For Love  (2011), Ballads All Night  (2010), and Bird of Paradise  (2007); Grammy nominated pianist and composer Kenny Werner No Beginning, No End; and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra featuring Chick Corea and the music of Mr. Corea. Ms. Printup has performed with the likes of the late great American jazz saxophonist and flautist, Frank Wess (featuring the music of legendary jazz harpist, Dorothy Ashby); virtuoso cellist Yo-Yo Ma and jookin dance master Lil Buck (Saint-Saëns's classic 'Le Cygn’ for harp and cello); Lady Gaga (Elton John: I'm Still Standing - A Grammy Salute); and has been featured with Paquito D'Rivera in his presentation of Charlie Parker's classic, Bird With Strings at Jazz At Lincoln Center. In 2014, Riza joined world renown soprano, Kathleen Battle in Ms. Battle's presentation of 'Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey' at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, PA and at Ms. Battle's return to the Metropolitan Opera House (2016).

Ms. Printup began her undergraduate studies as a classical harpist at the Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington, IN under the instruction of Susan McDonald and in time pursued studies in jazz with Professor of Jazz, David Baker. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Music from Columbia College, Chicago, IL where she continued her studies in jazz. She later pursued her Master of Music from Georgia State University's School of Music under the tutelage of Elisabeth Remy Johnson. Other instructors include Dominique Piana, Linda Wood, Beverly Wesner-Hoehn, Deborah Henson-Conant, Stella Castellucci.

In 2016, Riza released her first jazz single for children The Bird’s Song (ft Marcus Printup and Ted Nash) and rolled out her children's program I Have A Song Inside My Heart™. She has partnered with organizations such as WBGO Kids Jazz @ Play and The Riverside Fine Arts Association in presenting her program to elementary schools around the Newark, NJ and Jacksonville, FL areas. 

With her husband Marcus Printup, the Printups created RiMarcable Publications LLC through which they have published their first children's book and arrangements for solo harp, big band and jazz combos.

Riza is on faculty at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Early Childhood Jazz Education Program (WeBop) located in Manhattan.