Dalton Ridenhour, a native of St. James, Missouri, began musical training at the age of eight. He quickly developed an interest in Ragtime and was soon a regular featured performer at The Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival, The West Coast Ragtime Festival and various other ragtime festivals and events in the US and Canada. In addition to festival performances during his formative years, Dalton was a member of of the 2000 Grarnmy All-American High School Jazz Ensemble, Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead and The Interlochen Arts Camp.
Dalton furthered his education at the Berklee College of Music and The Eastman School of Music where he studied with many jazz greats including Harold Danko, Joanne Brackeen, Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano and Hal Crook. He received an Eastman graduate asSistantship award that gave him the opportunity to teach undergraduate courses at the Eastman School and the University of Rochester. Dalton has also received a Downbeat Student Music Award for Oustanding Soloist in the college division and Eastman’s Shirmer Prize award for jazz performance.
Currently, Dalton resides in New York City where he performs with various groups including The Bria Skonberg Quintet, Svetlana and The Delancey Five, Dan Levinson’s Roof Garden Jazz Band, Mona’s Hot Four and Goodbye Picasso. He continues as a featured performer at ragtime and early jazz festivals, and recently released his first solo album, “Eccentricity,” on the Rivermont Records label.event unlike any other.