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Born in Detroit, Rick Margitza’s musical journey began with classical saxophone training under Donald Sinta at the University of Michigan. He also studied jazz with notable mentors like Sonny Stitt and Michael Brecker. Graduating from Loyola University in New Orleans, Margitza’s musical style was deeply influenced by the city’s rich cultural tapestry.

Relocating to New York in 1989 marked a significant chapter in Margitza’s career. Collaborating with legends like McCoy Tyner and Miles Davis, he showcased his versatility in renowned venues worldwide. His move from New Orleans to New York broadened his musical horizons and propelled him into the heart of the jazz scene.

Margitza’s artistic evolution is reflected in his ten albums as a bandleader, showcasing his prowess as both saxophonist and composer. His compositions span diverse genres, from intimate ballads to dynamic ensemble pieces, demonstrating a rich array of influences. Beyond solo work, Margitza’s orchestral compositions highlight his expansive musical palette.

Since 2003, Paris has been Margitza’s home, where he continues to innovate in jazz expression. Deeply connected to his Eastern European Gypsy heritage, he explores new musical territories with the band Gypsy Tenors. Recent releases like “Cheap Thrills” and “Sacred Hearts” underscore his commitment to artistic exploration. Alongside performing, Margitza shares his insights in jazz education, inspiring students worldwide.

Rick’s new book, 365 Days of Practice is the result of a project in which he posted an idea online every day during the year 2020.

The exercises cover a broad spectrum of musical ideas that range from basic bebop language to its transformation into contemporary jazz.

You can read his full Bio on his site HERE.

In this episode, we talked about:

🎷 Ricks’s musical background
🎷 How technology affects the way we learn music
🎷 2 most important scales you need to know
🎷 Meeting Miles Davis
🎷 The importance of subdivisions
🎷 Inspiration for the book
🎷 And much more!


Here’s the Video:



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