Starting on the violin at age 4, continuing on to classical piano and then oboe before finally settling on the saxophone, Rick Margitza’s diverse musical beginnings couldn’t be more evident in his body of work to date. Taking on classical studies with Donald Sinta and jazz with Sonny Stitt, Gerry Niewood, Michael Brecker, and David Liebman, Rick made a point of surrounding himself with some of jazz history’s most masterful saxophonists.
After completing formal studies at Wayne State University, Berklee College of Music, University of Miami and Loyola University New Orleans, Rick found himself touring with legends such as Maynard Ferguson and Flora Purim.
Cementing his position as one of jazz music’s most respected saxophonists was his stint with Miles Davis starting in 1989. In addition to his time with Miles, Rick has gone on to play with jazz’ most celebrated A-listers including McCoy Tyner, Bobby Hutcherson, Tony Williams, Eddie Gomez, Chick Corea, Maria Schnieder, Dave Douglas and many more. Rick has also composed music for orchestra including two symphonies and a saxophone concerto.
With more than 10 solo albums to his name including 3 albums for jazz’ most prestigious label, Blue Note Records, Rick Margitza stands out as one of jazz music’s most distinctive voices on the saxophone.
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