Rice has been a mainstay of the Philadelphia scene since the late 1940s when he was in the houseband at the famous Downbeat Club playing opposite visiting stars such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell and Hank Jones. Then he led the first house band at Club 421 with Vance Wilson, Red Garland, bassist Bob Bushnell, and trumpeter Johnny Hughes. Around this time he played rehearsals with Jimmy Heath's big band until he was tapped for a USO tour to the South Pacific in 1951 with J.J. Johnson and Howard McGhee. Later Rice played with Sonny Stitt, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, and Leo Parker. He toured and recorded with Chet Baker in 1964 and 1965.
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