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Michael Ricci

Lover of jazz, technology and sitting in a chair, Mick merged his three passions to create All About Jazz.

About Me

A web entrepreneur with a background in information technologies, Michael Ricci combined his love of jazz music with his fascination for all things internet and launched All About Jazz in 1995—a website that reaches over 20,000 readers a day.

Michael spun off Jazz Near You in 2012, an event discovery platform focused on collecting jazz events and promoting them through his vast network spanning the web, email, phones, widgets & feeds, churches, synagogues, Piggly Wiggly's, Wawas, and at the bottom of a Cracker Jacks box.

Michael is considered one of jazz's foremost agents of change. His All About Jazz website is a 13-time winner of the Jazz Journalists Association's “Best Web Site Covering Jazz” award before the category was ceremoniously retired. AAJ has also been recognized as the top jazz web site by Google, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, BBC, Time Magazine, Forbes Magazine, Real housewives of Atlanta and Detroit, people of color, people of no color and by Michael Ricci's mother, Lulu.

Mr. Ricci lives outside of Philadelphia in the sleepless town of Towamencin with his wife Rosemary, his trusty companion Sammy and knows 117,448 jazz musicians by name.

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Get to Know Us (in 2021)

Posted: May 6, 2021

Welcome to All About Jazz

Posted: May 3, 2021

Like it... really, really like it

Posted: March 13, 2021

In Memoriam: Chick Corea

Posted: February 15, 2021

Oh Happy Day!

Posted: January 21, 2021

Best Jazz Releases of 2020

Posted: December 11, 2020

A run on interviews

Posted: November 30, 2020

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My Jazz Story

Published on: 2016-03-21

Thanks to my dad and his record collection, I started listening to jazz at an early age. He also took me to concerts, and I was nine when I saw Maynard Ferguson (circa "Live at Jimmy's"). The band's leisure suits were nearly as memorable as their music. Inspired, I played the trumpet for several years but stopped sometime in college, though I continued to collect music (thousands of vinyl records turned into thousands of compact discs) and see live shows. In 1995 I combined my interest in the internet with my love of jazz and created a website to promote the music. And here we are today!

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All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!

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