Lover of jazz, technology and sitting in a chair, Mick merged his three passions to create All About Jazz.
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
promoting them through his vast network that includes: 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. It's also been recognized as the
top jazz web site by
Google, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, 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.
He lives just outside of Philadelphia near a babbling brook, and knows 115,863 jazz musicians by
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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!