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Rick Lazaroff began playing professionally when he was 14 years old. His first pro band was called "The Snakes", a blues band that featured keyboard whiz Fred Mandel who later went on to perform and record with Elton John, Queen, Pink Floyd and Alice Cooper. Still in his teens, Rick began touring Ontario in many different bands playing many different styles. Playing Hard Rock with the "David Matthews Band" (no, not the one that's so popular now) or playing Dance and Funk with "Dancer" (which featured well known Toronto vocalist, Chuck Jackson of "Downchild Blues Band"), Rick visited the stages of too many bars across the hinterlands of Canada. At the age of 22, already eight years in the business, Rick joined with Rick and Mark Santers to form "Santers", a power rock trio that produced four albums on the Ready Records label in Canada and several other labels throughout Europe, the U.S. and Japan, and toured extensively throughout Canada, the United States and England. Rick has appeared on Lee Aaron's first album and on a jazz album by guitarist Orhan Demir which garnered exceptional reviews from Option magazine (L.A.), Cadence (N.Y.), and Downbeat magazine (N.Y.).

Sometime around 1988 Rick and partner Darlene Watters put together a straight ahead Toronto styled hard rock band with Pete Swann and Mark Santers. This impressive line-up displaying the awesome guitar talent of Swann with the already polished rhythm section of Lazaroff and M. Santers, topped off with some truly amazing vocals by Ms. Watters, hurricaned through many clubs in southern Ontario. Not able to generate any serious industry interest for such a chop oriented band, all decided to part ways due to other commitments.

In the 80's when computers began to make the transition from office to studio, Rick embraced the opportunity to combine music and technology. Using this tool for composition he produced some fine original songs with partner, Darlene Watters which are featured on the independently released recording "Dancing Off The Deep End" released in the early 90's.

After spending the early part of the 90's working with computers, synths and samplers, Rick and partner Darlene Watters put together a Jazz Combo under the moniker of "Time Zone" concentrating on Jazz & Blues standards in a mostly acoustic setting. With plans to record a new  CD with Santers; another jazz/fusion CD with Orhan Demir and the possibility of recording with "Time Zone", the new year looks to be a interesting time looking at too many chord charts.  Read on to find out more about Rick's musical escapades.


Here are six videos for your viewing pleasure in the Windows Media Format. Everything from a hard rockin' "Santers" video from Massey Hall to intimate Jazz at the local upscale Ski Resort. You'll need Windows Media Player installed on your computer and high speed or cable access to view these videos properly. If your toughing it out with 56k dial up service, they will work but you'll have to wait forever for the videos to almost fully buffer before you can view them. On the other hand it's 2005, spend a couple of extra rubles and catch up with civilization
SANTERS - Massey Hall
This video was shot at Massey Hall in Toronto, Canada. A Santers' classic;
Road to Morocco.
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Rick Lazaroff / Mark Santers / Pete Swann / Darlene Watters
This video was shot at Bedrock in Scarborough (Toronto), Canada.
There's a little bass solo action at the beginning.
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Rick Lazaroff / Mark Santers / Pete Swann / Darlene Watters
This video was also shot at Bedrock in Scarborough (Toronto), Canada.
There's an amazing guitar solo by Master Guitarist Pete Swann included.
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Rick Lazaroff / Mark Santers / Pete Swann
This video was also shot at Bedrock in Scarborough (Toronto), Canada.
An instrumental classic penned by Joe Satriani.
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Joe Lagan / Rick Lazaroff
This video was taken at The Horseshoe Valley Ski Resort near Barrie Ontario, Canada.
Playing some jazz for the cognac sippers.
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Darlene Watters / Rick Lazaroff / Joe Lagan / Tim Moore
This video was taken at The Collingwood Jazz Festival. Summer of 2004.
The Jazz classic, "Comes Love".
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Darlene Watters / Rick Lazaroff / Joe Lagan / Tim Moore
This video was also taken at The Collingwood Jazz Festival. Summer of 2004.
The Jazz / Blues classic, "At Last".
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WHAT'S NEW - "SANTERS" calls it quits.....again.

Well, the long awaited reunion by Toronto hard rock trio, SANTERS launched at a much anticipated reunion concert at The El Mocambo in Toronto - Friday, April 20, 2001 has come to an end. That's right. You heard it here first. It seems as though the band is once no more. Due to the busy schedules by the members, SANTERS is not going to record a new C.D. or play any more concerts. Never say never, but for now there is no plans for a C.D. or any more shows. Plans were set to record new material but it has all been put on the shelf. I'd like to personally thank all our friends and fans who came out to our shows the last couple of years since getting back together. I'm not real happy about the whole thing but it takes three to tango and a lot of time to accomplish the things we wanted to do. I feel we had a lot of unfinished business and wanted to progress with new material but we all have other things on the go and there was little time to do it.

So now what? Well......I've been working on a solo C.D. which should be finished by the end of the summer or early fall. It will be a huge departure from the melodic hard rocking style of SANTERS. The material so far is all instrumental with a fusion/industrial/ambient soundscape feel to it. I have always been into free form avant-garde Jazz and this will be in that kind of ball park with a more electronic edge to it. I am playing bass, keyboards and doing all the percussion programming. I will add some guitars and hope to have a few guests appear on the C.D. including guitar phenomenon Pete Swann and hopefully gargantuan pianist Joe Lagan, although he hasn't been informed yet.

This project is long over due as I have lots to say (musically) but have always been involved in playing other people's material. It's time to play all the things I've wanted to play these last 30 years but have been restricted by the form of music the public might want to hear.

Last updated - January 2005.

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(Click on any title for info about that album.)

1980 - Shot Down In Flames - Santers // 1981 - Lee Aaron Project - Lee Aaron //
1982 - Mayday - Santers // 1982 - Racing Time - Santers //
1984 - Guitar Alley - Santers // 1990 - Windmill - Orhan Demir Trio //
1995 - 1st Shot and 2nd Shot - Santers (A double C.D. collection)
1996 - Dancing Off The Deep End - Darlene Watters  // 1998 - Santers IV (Box Set)
1998 - Orhan Demir - Originals // 1999 - Top Secrecy - Santers
2000 - Cold Fusion - Santers

Shot doen in flames 1980 - Shot Down In Flames
Santers -Santers first release on Ready Records in Canada. This album was also released extensively in Europe. Santers hard driving debut showcases great guitar work from Rick Santers and Groovin' rhythms from Mark Santers and myself. Listen(Wav)  Read the Reviews TOP
1981 - Lee Aaron Project
Lee Aaron -This album was done with a plethora of musicians including myself, the Santers brothers, Buzz Sherman, Earl Johnson, Rik Emmet, Frank Soda, Billy Wade and a merry cast of thousands. Originally released on Freedom Records. TOP
Mayday 1982 - Mayday
Santers -A four song E.P. This album featured 2 live songs and 2 studio songs. The live stuff was recorded at the Queensbury Arms in Toronto, May 1 1982. There's an extended bass solo in the song Time after Time and a very heavy guitar solo extravaganza included here. The band was much more rambunctious in a live setting. Originally released on Ready Records. TOP
Racing Time 1982 - Racing Time
Santers -The 3rd release for the boys. This recording was halted and moved to a different studio mid-stream. However, not enough funds were left so the bed tracks were kept from the original sessions. Despite my reservations about this recording, there are many fine tunes on this album which were a staple of our live shows. This album also sold very well in England, which led to a very successful U.K. tour in the spring of 1983. Originally released on Ready Records. Listen(Wav)  Read the reviews TOP
Guitar Alley 1984 - Guitar Alley
Santers -Santers last studio album recorded shortly after an exciting cross-Canada tour, opening for Ozzy Osborne in every hockey shrine from coast to coast. This album in my opinion was our strongest effort to date. After four years of solid touring and lots of studio time, the band had definitely matured. Produced by Rik Emmet and engineered by Ed Stone. We all had a blast doing this album. Great vocal and guitar work from Rick Santers. Rhythm master, Mark Santers at his very best; lots of great drum tracks here. Nifty bass and guitar trade-offs in the track High risk. Very tasty bass. This album was released in the U.S., Japan, Europe and of course, Canada. Originally released on Ready Records. Listen(Wav)  Read the reviews  TOP

1990 - Windmill
Orhan Demir Trio -This free jazz/fusion album features the immensely talented Orhan Demir on guitar whose style is a mix of Django, McLaughlin and his own middle-eastern flavorings. Fretless bass is heard throughout this album. With four long bass solos in six songs, this album gave me lots of opportunity to show off my improvising abilities. This recording was given outstanding reviews in Option magazine (L.A.), Cadence (N.Y.) and Downbeat magazine. Originally released on Hittite records. Listen(MP3)  Read the reviews TOP

1st Shot

1995 - 1st Shot And 2nd Shot
Santers -This is a double C.D. re-release of all the Santers recordings excluding the live tracks form Mayday. Digitally re-mastered, this compilation sounds great. Released and distributed by Long Island records in Germany. TOP
2nd Shot
1996 - Dancing Off The Deep End
Darlene Watters -Dance, soul, funk, rock recording featuring the lovely and sonically pleasing, Darlene Watters. As well as splitting all songwriting duties with my beauteous partner, I tackle all the synths and percussion machines. There is some real bass thrown in for good measure. This recording was expertly engineered by the portly Steve Negus of Saga fame. You can, and you will dance to this recording. With deep regrets, no mambos were included. Available on cassette only. You can order a copy at a very reasonable cost.  and I will post one to you with great haste. TOP
Santers IV 1998 - Santers IV
Santers -Hey, how about this! A Box Set Release of all the original Santers' studio recordings plus something from the vault. This collection includes "Top Secrecy" a never before released studio recording from around '85 or '86, I'm not quite sure, I'll have to check on that one. This collection is ace. Sounds great; looks great. Nice to hear the tunes on "Top Secrecy" since they've been buried for quite some time. Listen(Wav) Read the Review  Ordering Info   TOP

1998 - Originals
Orhan Demir Trio -A compilation release of material from several Demir releases including two cuts from "Windmill" featuring myself on fretless bass and Jack Vorvis on drums. More guitar wizardry from Turkish/Canadian jazzer. Includes tracks with Neil Swainson on bass and Barry Elmes on drums and some solo pieces by Orhan.  Read the Reviews Orhan Demir's Website  Ordering Info TOP

Top Secrecy

1999 - Top Secrecy
Santers -The long lost "Top Secrecy" recording has been released in Germany by Point Music & AOR Heaven.  Released in 1998 in Japan as part of the 4 CD box set, Santers IV, this release includes 4 live bonus tracks recorded May 1st 1982 at the Queensbury Arms, Toronto, Canada. TOP
coldisk.jpg (22774 bytes) 2000 - Cold Fusion ( The Best Of )
Santers - It's finally here! The albums everyone's been waiting for. The very best of SANTERS on one CD. This CD fuses the bands best 12 tracks from their first four studio albums, plus 2 previously unreleased bonus tracks and rare photos exclusive to this release. The musical alchemy includes: Can't Shake You, Mistreatin' Heart, All Right Now, Road to Morocco, Winter Freeze, Shot Down in Flames, You Turn Me On, Time After Time and many more tracks from their "Top Secrecy" album, previously only available in the SANTERS IV - Box Set. You can order this CD and more at TOP
2001 - Open Maximus
Wide Open - Recorded live in 1978 either out by the Mohawk racetrack or at the Edwin Hotel on Queen Street E. Wide Open was a cover band that I played in a couple of years before forming Santers. The band featured Al Staniforth (lead vocals, flute) and Tom Wells (drums) who were just finishing a stint in "Lighthouse" (one of Canada's great bands of the 60's and 70's), myself on bass and childhood buddy Barry Pausey (Cinema Face) on a double necked Gibson S.G. (ala Mahavishnu John McLauglin). Al "back and fouth" Staniforth was also lead vocalist/founding member of one of Canada's original prog/fusion/rock bands "Audiomaster" during the early 70's. We played mostly cover material ranging from Peter Gabriel, Gentle Giant to The Rolling Stones and Led Zep. There are three originals on this disc that were either written by Mr. Pausey or co-wrote with myself and Al. It was a simpler time back in the late 70's and we always had a blast doing our gigs. What I remember the most and what comes to mind when listening to this disk is tube amplification. It's powerful, warm and grinding, just like the ads say. This C.D. was re-mastered by me from a cassette tape and doesn't sound that bad considering. I do have a few copies for any collectors that would liek to own a piece of Canadiana rock or any Santers fan that want everything available that we recorded.  TOP
  2005 - Rick Lazaroff - Solo C.D.
Oh yes. And it's about time. I've been working on a all original recording to be released sometime late 2005. It's all instrumental. Mostly improvised and, I will either be playing or programming almost all the instruments. So far it's leaning to a fusion/industrial/ambient jazz/rock soundscape thing. It not sounding ugly enough just yet but it's only in the pre production stage so far. Hopefully there will be enough tasty bass stuff there for all who have waited and listened to me pound out the eight notes for vocal power pop tunes in the past. One thing for sure; it does not sound remotely like anything I have done in the past. Any ideas on a title? If you think you have a great title for my first solo C.D., email it to me and if I use it you will receive a autographed free copy when it's released.

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New pics are added from time to time.

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