Primary Instrument: Trumpet
Ever since Wayne Ricci won the John Philip Sousa Band Award as a youth, he charted his musical course as a first-rate trumpeter, performing in concert bands, classical brass ensembles, and marching bands. A relative latecomer to the jazz genre, Ricci has contributed to several jazz recordings (with vocalist/pianist Kathy Sanborn).
Jazz critic Susan Frances (JazzTimes) notes that Ricci performs with a “sable-like plushness.” His smooth, soulful tone is both refreshingly pure and emotionally deep, a style that is uniquely his own.
July 2011 marked the release of the single, Magnetized, an homage to classic film stars composed by Kathy Sanborn. Ricci's trumpet solo captured the essence of the heyday of Hollywood glamour.
Ricci's latest outing is his cool jazz performance on pianist/vocalist Kathy Sanborn's new album, Six Degrees of Cool. His trumpet solo work is especially featured on the title track, Six Degrees of Cool.