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 vocation with his love of jazz music and launched All About Jazz in
1995—a website that reaches over 500,000 readers worldwide. Since then he has
established a much deeper understanding of the industry and has continually
developed web-based promotional solutions for jazz professionals, while delivering
content to jazz enthusiasts daily.
Michael spun off Jazz Near You in October 2012, a network of 300 websites
focused on aggregating local jazz events and distributing them through the web,
email, phone, widgets and feeds, resulting in greater local community support of
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. It has also been recognized as the top jazz web site by
Google, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, BBC, Time
Magazine, and Forbes Magazine.
He lives just outside of Philadelphia, and knows 107,817 jazz musicians by name.
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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!