Randy began playing music professionally (mostly rock and some country) with local groups at age 13. At age 20, he began his study of mallet percussion, in particular the vibraphone, which has now become the main staple of his professional life as a musician. After graduating from the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, New York, Randy worked for several years in Lake Placid at the Lake Placid Club Resort as one of the staff musicians.
In 1985, Randy relocated with Marianne, his wife, to Trenton NJ. Randy played in the house rhythm section at IshKabibble’s night club in Long Branch, NJ where he accompanied soloists who would be occasionally hired to play there including Cecil Payne, Big Nick Nicholas, Charles Davis, Benny Powell, Tom Harrel, Bill Hardman and Junior Cook.
He moved to the Philadelphia area in 1989. There, Randy was a member of The Bill Hollis Quartet, the Barry Sames Jazz Ensemble, and the late pianist Eddie Green’s group. He was featured on Eddie’s last CD, “Shades of Green”. Randy also performs with Tyrone Brown’s Sting Ensemble and has been featured on two of their CDs “The Magic Within” and “Moon of the Falling Leaves”
Randy’s current musical project with his wife, Marianne, involves playing music for the community of yoga practitioners. They perform in yoga studios throughout the region and have released a CD “Meditations for Flute and Percussion”
Randy’s recording credits:
Awaiting the Spirit, Barry Sames, Intrigue, 1998
Celebrate, Barry Sames, Intrigue, 2003,
Shades of Green, Eddie Green, Dreambox Media, 2004
Live In Sedona, Walter Bell and the Latin Jazz Unit, Reika, 2005
Free Bird, Birdhouse Project, Dreambox Media, 2006
Meditations for Percussion and Flute, Randy and Marianne Sutin, Balanced American Music, 2007
It’s About Miller Time, Jim Miller, Dreambox Media, 2007
The Magic Within, Tyrone Brown String Ensemble, Dreambox Media, 2008
Moon of the Falling Leaves, Tyrone Brown String Ensemble, Dreambox Media, 2008
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