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About John Ricci

Jacksonville , FL

Combining the culture of his Argentine roots and background in a musical family with a deep study of saxophone influences such as John Coltrane, Ben Webster, Stan Getz, Michael Brecker, Branford Marsalis and Mark Turner, John Ricci draws together soulful, hard swinging and harmonically modern and rhythmically diverse elements to his compositions and arrangements.

Having studied to dedicate himself as a top performer and educator, John's mentoring has been quite balanced with the likes of renown tenor saxophonist and jazz leader Jerry Coker and world class pianist, composer and former Blakey Messenger Donald Brown.

John has been performing regularly as a side man and a leader on various projects for more than 15 years, making it ideal for him to finally break out with his own new project "Holding Time" that demonstrates his creativity, passion and seasoned refinement in with his own original works and arrangements. A worthwhile endeavor, since John was named winner of the jazz song category of the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards with the opening track of the CD entitled "Mode Time" in January 2009. Surrounding himself with some of the very finest, experienced and most musically communicative side men in the southeast, it's no doubt why John's new quartet project Holding Time can excite the most dedicated and progressive jazz listeners as well as the uninitiated:

"Holding Time showcases Ricci's impressive mastery of his horn and his well-schooled compositional ability….will have even the most undemonstrative listener head bopping and toe tapping. Holding Time is an impressive debut from a young saxophonist/composer whom I hope we hear much more from in the future.”
--Brad Walseth,

"…Ricci is a convincing voice in the increasingly overcrowded world of jazz saxophone. His integrity and passion toward the advancement of his musical vision is evident throughout…”
--John Barron, All About Jazz

While attending Florida State University School of Music earning a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies under a teaching assistantship, he's performed with Marcus Printup, performed at Preservation Hall in New Orleans and has received many awards including the 1995 Combo Division of Down Beat Collegiate Music Competition. John has performed with internationally known recording artists and in numerous clubs and festivals including Chijazz Festival in Singapore, Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Savannah Jazz Festival and most recently with pianist/composer Donald Brown and trumpeter Stephane Belmondo in the Knoxville Jazz Festival.

John has taught at the University of North Florida, and is currently the Director of Jazz Studies at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, FL. He performs regularly for festivals and club bookings with his quartet.

John Ricci - Tenor Saxophone
Joshua Bowlus - Piano
Billy Thornton - Bass
Peter Miles - Drums

John Ricci, Holding Time - 2007

Rebecca Zapen - Hummingbird - 2003

Sideman and arranger:
Angel Roman and Mambo Blue - Con Fuego - 2003