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“..one of contemporary music’s most important saxophonists” – Jazz Times
“Rick Margitza has the talent and imagination to keep everything in balance” – The Los Angeles Times
“(Rick Margitza is simply a) great tenor player” – Miles Davis
Rick Margitza, who was once regarded as one of the “Young Lions” of the International Jazz Scene, is now one of the most respected musicians of his generation. An excellent tenor and soprano saxophonist, mostly inspired by John Coltrane, Michael Brecker and Wayne Shorter, he has managed to expand and develop his unique voice, which is highly poetic and sharply incisive.
Born in Detroit, he started on the violin when he was four. His grandfather was a cellist and his father a violinist with the Detroit Symphony. Rick studied classical Piano for a bit, and also played Oboe before switching to Tenor in high school. He attended Wayne State University, Berklee, the University of Miami, and finally Loyola University in New Orleans, where he lived and played for four years.
Having toured with Maynard Ferguson and Flora Purim, Margitza moved to New York in 1988. That year he joined the Miles Davis’ group and recorded three albums with them: “Amandla”, “Live around the world” and “Live in Montreux”.
He then cut three sets as a leader for the prestigious label Blue Note during 1989-1991. Since 1994, his career found itself enriched with 8 more solo albums and collaborations with such artists as Maria Schneider, Chick Corea and McCoy Tyner.
Rick currently resides in Paris where is a member of the Moutin Reunion as well as touring and performing with his own quartet.