Professor Vandivier will rock the house! ....He’s raising the bar with his marvelous album, simply titled “Vandivier.” It blends fresh and fascinating takes on such classics as “Norwegian Wood” and “Little Wing” with his gorgeous original compositions.”
— Paul Freeman for the Daily News

He has a knack for creating full textures. Watching him play duets with Nate Pruitt widened my vision of what you can do on the guitar.”
— Neil Kelly

THE BEST TEACHERS don’t seek to produce a battalion of mini-me’s who parrot their own ideas back to them. Rather, inspiring educators facilitate independent thinking, allowing students to better follow their own paths. Judging by the two prodigious players who join Rick Vandivier at the Guitar Fest 2011 concert at Redwood City’s Club Fox on April 28, he’s a mentor of the highest order.
A mainstay on the Bay Area jazz scene for more than three decades, the Palo Alto-based guitarist is best known for his long-running partnership with supremely soulful vocalist Nate Pruitt in the ensemble Primary Colors. But Vandivier is also a dedicated teacher who’s played a key role in maintaining the sterling reputation of San Jose State University’s jazz program.”
— Andrew Gilbert for Metro Active