John Ricci

”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.

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Review by Brad Walseth

Tenor saxophonist John Ricci lists Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Mark Turner, Joe Henderson, John Coltrane and Ben Webster as his biggest saxophone influences, and this impressive group of Jazz royalty is certainly to be found as elements in this young player’s sound. Ricci studied with Jerry Coker and former Jazz Messenger Donald Brown, who he considers a mentor. He later taught at Florida State University and the University of North Florida as an assistant professor assisting Bunky Green, and is now the Director of Jazz Studies at Jacksonville University

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Primary Instrument

Sax, tenor


Jacksonville, FL

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced students


2002 - Present Director of Jazz Studies at Jacksonville University Professor of Saxophone 1999-2000 Visiting Professor of Jazz Studies at University of North Florida Assisted Bunky Green with his saxophone teaching load

Clinic/Workshop Information

Saxophone Clinic: *Developing a kinesthetic awareness of the saxophone as a direct voice to your personality. *Voicing and Tone Shaping, breath support and embouchure *Developing an effortless approach to technical facility *Ensemble sensitivity within the saxophone section Large and Small Ensembles: *Jazz as a communicative rhythmic language. *Ensemble balance and sensitivity, sounding like one instrument by creating a dynamic pulse in sycopated phrasing

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