KUVO welcomes back one of its "30 Under 30" participants, Rico Jones, to the Phyllis A. Greer Performance Studio on Thursday, July 20 - 6 to 7pm. The group features: Rico Jones -saxophone, Miles Lujan- trumpet, Alex Heffron -Guitar, Julian Archer -Drums, Gabe Rupe -Double Bass.
Studio Club Members: Please contact Arvida email@example.com to reserve seats for you and a guest.
Rico Jones, a Colorado native, first picked up the alto saxophone at age 11 while in the fifth grade. Before even learning to read music it became clear that he had a keen ear for melodies and, learning songs by ear. In his first year at Denver School of The Arts Rico was formally introduced to jazz music through clinics and performances by such notables as Curtis Fuller and Kneebody. By eighth grade Rico was playing with high school level ensembles as well as participating in the Denver Jazz Club Youth All-Stars, Telluride All-Star Band, and The Sacramento Jazz Festival All-Stars Group. In the ensuing years he performed in the top ensemble at Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts, competed in Swing Central Jazz Competition in Savannah, Georgia, took part in the Telluride Jazz Festival All-Star Ensemble for five consecutive years and, was chosen as a member of the Jazz on 2nd Avenue young lion group. He took part in the 2015 Grammy Band Jazz session workshop in L.A. and in 2016 he was chosen take part in the prestigious Jazz Band of America. Recently Rico performed at the Detroit Jazz Festival with the 2016 Ron Carter bass competition award winner Cole Davis. He has performed with notable artists such as Ernie Watts, Candido, Donald Harrison, Howard Levy, Greg Osby, Bobby Sanabria, Dave Koz, Greg Gisbert, Jeff Coffin, Colin Stranahan, Hubert Laws, Terrell Stafford and, Earl Klugh. Rico Jones lives in New York City where he pursues an academic and professional career at the Manhattan School of Music.