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Rick Margitza

Rick Margitza

Rick Margitza’s singular sound on the tenor sax has been a staple on the jazz scene since he first emerged in the late 1980s. Yet many still consider him somewhat of a “young lion,” a title he now dismisses since he recently celebrated his 36th birthday. “I think I’ve reached the cut-off point for that,” he said.

In reality, the Rick Margitza of today is a somewhat different breed of cat than he was a few years back, including those days when he played with high-profile groups such as Miles Davis and Maynard Ferguson. “I think I’m more relaxed with who I am and with my playing,” he said. “I don’t want to lose the energy of youth, but there’s a fine line when it comes to balancing this energy with a more mature and relaxed outlook.”

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