International Jazz Masters Series

Rick Margitza Quartet featuring Bruce Barth

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Last Show: Saturday 14 th May 2022

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Rick Margitza has made his name as one of the great Jazz saxophonists of the present day. He was born in Detroit in 1961. He 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. After having spent time in living in New Orleans, where he got his degree, Margitza moved to New York in 1989 and very quickly found himself performing and/or recording with some of the greatest names in Jazz including McCoy Tyner, Bobby Hutcherson, Tony Williams, Eddie Gomez, Chick Corea, Maria Schneider, Dave Douglas and in the band of Miles Davis. 

Rick has led his own groups in performances in the most prestigious clubs, concert halls and festivals all over the world. His 10 albums as a leader document the evolution of his playing as well as his growth as a composer. Margitza has composed works for symphony orchestra, including two symphonies and a saxophone concerto. He moved to Paris in 2003 where he continues to reside. He is of Eastern European Gypsy decent, and is part of the new band called Gypsy Tenors with fellow countrymen Gabor Bolla and Tony Lakatos. He is also in the process of finishing an album of his big band music as well as a new recording with his French quartet. For this London engagement a potent and creative rhythm section joins him with Bruce Barth on piano, Joris Teepe on bass and Stephen Keogh on drums.

Band Line Up

Rick Margitza (saxophones)

Bruce Barth (piano)

Joris Teepe (bass)

Stephen Keogh (drums)