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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 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 the music. He lives just outside of Philadelphia, and knows 97,898 jazz musicians by name. All About Jazz 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.

My Jazz Story

Thanks to my dad and his massive 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!

My Favorites

  1. Bill Frisell - The Intercontinentals
  2. Vince Guaralidi - Charlie Brown Christmas