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”When you play, your music must groove enough to make your soul dance. When you play, your music must groove enough to make everyones soul dance with yours.” Paraphrased from the great pianist Donald Brown who John Ricci quoted on his debut jazz quartet CD release: Holding Time. Combining the culture of his Argentine roots and background in a musical family with a deep study of saxophone influences such as John Coltrane, Ben Webster, Stan Getz, Michael Brecker, Branford Marsalis and Mark Turner, John Ricci draws together soulful, hard swinging, harmonically modern and rhythmically diverse elements to his compositions and arrangements. Having studied to dedicate himself as a top performer and educator, John's mentoring has been quite balanced with the likes of renown tenor saxophonist and jazz leader Jerry Coker and world class pianist, composer and former Blakey Messenger Donald Brown. John has been performing regularly as a side man and a leader on various projects for more than 15 years, making it ideal for him to finally break out with his own new project that demonstrates his creativity, passion and seasoned refinement in with his own original works and arrangements


Article: Interview

Mica Bethea: Quintessential Band Geek

Read "Mica Bethea: Quintessential Band Geek" reviewed by Barbara Salter Nelson

It's Sunday afternoon. Mica Bethea rolls into the Cue Note Billiard Room in Palm Coast, Florida. The 34-year old arranger, composer, bandleader and entrepreneur has arrived for Cue Notes weekly Sunday Afternoon Jazz Rendevous. Bethea (sounds like 'buffet') is the “Note" part of Cue Note, which he co-owns with partner and pool guru John ...


News: Festival

Jacksonville Jazz Festival Line-up

The City of Jacksonville is proud to announce an exciting lineup of performances for the 2011 Jacksonville Jazz Festival scheduled for Thursday, May 26 through Sunday, May 29. All festival performances and elements are free and open to the public unless otherwise listed. This year's festival will continue the tradition of jazz in Jacksonville with a ...


News: Award / Grant

John Ricci: Finalist in the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards

John Ricci: Finalist in the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards

A special request by Saxophonist John Ricci Hello Everyone, As some of you may already know, I've been fortunate enough to be selected as a finalist in Independent Music Awards in the jazz category. I was selected along with four other finalists by judges such as Paquito Di Rivera, John Patitucci ...


Holding Time

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2008
Track listing: Mode Time; Ballerina; Here's That Rainy Day; Holding Time; Slow Tango; Bounce Blues.


Article: Album Review

John Ricci: Holding Time

Read "Holding Time" reviewed by John Barron

Saxophonist/educator John Ricci comes out swinging for his debut recording Holding Time. The Jacksonville University Professor of Jazz Studies combines original compositions and arrangements of standards for an intriguing set of mainstream jazz. The disc opens in vigorous fashion with the up-tempo “Mode Time," a perfect minor key workout for Ricci's robust tenor tone. The saxophonist ...


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