Home » Musicians » Nicoló Ricci

Nicoló Ricci

I was born in 1987 and I grew up in Sesto San Giovanni, an industrial town in the north of Milan, Italy. I was lucky enough to be brought up in a stimulating and creative family environment and soon I began to show interest towards music. By the age of 12 I received a saxophone as a gift from my mother and I started my studies, first in a local music school and then in the Conservatory G.Verdi of Milan. While still a student I threw myself into the jazz music scene of Milan and I began to perform throughout Italy.

During my career, I had the chance to play with great musicians such as: Steve Swallow, Adam Nussbaum, Jesper Bodilsen, Gerald Cannon, Paolino Dalla Porta, Antonio Zambrini, Roberto Gatto, Giovanni Falzone, Andrea Dulbecco, Pietro Tonolo, Tino Tracanna, Marco Vaggi, Achille Succi, Bebo Ferra, Giulio Corini, Alfonso Santimone, Francesco Lento, Harris Eisenstadt, Joe Fonda, Roberto Rossi, Roberto Cecchetto, Fausto Beccalossi, Greg Burk, David Binney, Reinier Baas, Ben Van Gelder, Mark Schilders, Bo van der Werf, Clemens van de Feen.

I currently live in Amsterdam, where I originally moved for a master's degree program at Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Now thanks to the international and alive music scene of the city I have the chance to play in The Netherlands and around the world with several bands.


In 2014 I won the first prize as soloist in the Vittoria Rotary Jazz Awards with a jury led by Francesco Cafiso.   In 2018 I won the prestigious Dutch Jazz Competition as part of the band of Sun Mi Hong.


Album Review
Read more articles
Nicolò is a great young player. We had a great rapport on Camilla Battaglia’s album. He’s a new breed of Italian player and I look forward to hear what he does with his music and playing. David Binney

I have played with Nicolò Ricci, and remember the music we made together with great pleasure.  He is a thoughtful, expressive jazz musician with a well developed ability to touch his listeners with the message in his music.  He deserves a wider audience. Steve Swallow

I think Nicolò is, without any doubts, one of the shiniest stars of his generation, one of the most interesting saxophone players we have today in Italy

Read more


Africa Today

Night Dreamer


Honolulu Orchestra

Honolulu Records



Honolulu Records


Shop Amazon

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.