Rick has been a member of many Atlanta area jazz groups, including the Atlanta Jazz Band, the Neighborhood Arts Ensemble, Ted Howe's Blue Gass Orchestra, the Yancey Korosi Quartet, the Ojeda Penn Experience, Future Reference (as co-leader), and his own quintet. As a saxophonist at E.J.'s, a former Atlanta jazz club, he had the good fortune to sit in with visiting jazz greats including Milt Jackson, Urbie Green, Clark Terry, and the late Zoot Sims.
In 1988, Rick was featured with trumpeter Red Rodney at the Atlanta premier of the movie Bird. He has appeared in all the major jazz and arts festivals in Atlanta, including the Atlanta Jazz Festival, the Montreux-Atlanta International Music Festival, the National Black Arts Festival, and the Atlanta Arts Festival, as well as regional festivals including the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the Mayport, Florida, Jazz Festival, and the W.C. Handy Music Festival in Florence, Alabama. Following his first appearance at the Handy Festival, where he performed with guitarist Mundell Lowe and others, Rick was invited to return annually as one of the resident jazz artists for that event.