Guest Tenor Saxophonist – Swiss Youth Gospel Ensemble
Born in Detroit, Rick Margitza has studied classical saxophone with Donald Sinta at the University of Michigan, and jazz with Sonny Stitt, Gerry Niewood, Michael Brecker, Gary Campbell, and David Liebman. He studied at Wayne State University in Detroit, the Berklee School of Music in Boston, and the University of Miami, and graduated with a bachelor’s of music from the Loyola University in New Orleans.
After living in New Orleans, Margitza moved to New York in 1989. He has performed and/or recorded with McCoy Tyner, Bobby Hutcherson, Tony Williams, Eddie Gomez, Chick Corea, Maria Schneider, Dave Douglas, and Miles Davis. He has led his own band and performed in clubs, concert halls, and festivals around the world.
His 10 albums as a leader document the evolution of his playing as well as his growth as a composer. Margitza has also composed music for orchestra including two symphonies and a saxophone concerto. He currently lives in Paris since moving there in 2003. He is of Eastern European Gypsy descent and is part of the new band called Gypsy Tenors with fellow countrymen Gabor Bolla and Tony Lakatos. His two new recordings-Cheap Thrills-The South Florida Jazz Orchestra plays the music of Rick Margitza and Sacred Hearts, recorded with his French quartet, were released in 2020 and 2021.
As well as performing and recording around the world, Rick Margitza has committed himself to the evolving field of jazz education. His master classes in everything from improvisation to composition to practice techniques are geared towards helping students find and cultivate their individual voices.