Ricky Ford

Ricky Ford - tenor saxophone

Tenor Saxophonist Ricky Ford was born 4 March 1954, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Ford started to play drums, and then changed to tenor saxophone at the age of 15, inspired by Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Ran Blake heard him playing in a Boston Club and persuaded him to study music at the New England Conservatory. (Blake later invited him to play on several albums too, including “Rapport,” “Short Life Of Barbara Monk” and “That Certain Feeling”).

In 1974 Ford joined the Duke Ellington Orchestra under the leadership of Mercer Ellington and in 1976 he replaced George Adams in the Charles Mingus group, recording on “Three Or Four Shades of Blue” and “Me Myself An Eye.”

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Albums

Reeds and Keys
Reeds and Keys
Jazz Friends Productions
2003
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Loxodonta Africana
Muse Records
1997
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American-African Blues
Muse Records
1993
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Tenor Madness Too!
Muse Records
1992
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Ebony Rhapsody
Muse Records
1990
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Manhattan Blues
Muse Records
1989
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