Rick Margitza

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Rick Margitza
Rick Margitza, Pori Jazz Festival, 2012
Rick Margitza, Pori Jazz Festival, 2012
Background information
Birth nameRichard Dean Margitza
Born (1961-10-24) October 24, 1961 (age 62)
Dearborn, Michigan, U.S.
Years active1980s–present
LabelsBlue Note, SteepleChase, Palmetto, Challenge

Rick Margitza (born October 24, 1961) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist.


Margitza's paternal grandfather, a Hungarian Gypsy violinist, taught him to play the violin at the age of four. His father also played violin with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Following this he played piano and oboe, and settled on tenor sax while in Fordson High School. He attended several colleges: Wayne State University, Berklee College of Music, University of Miami, and Loyola University New Orleans. He toured with Maynard Ferguson and Flora Purim in the 1980s, and moved to New York City in 1988, where he played with Miles Davis.[1]

Between 1989 and 1991, Margitza released three albums for Blue Note Records, Color, Hope and This Is New. Q Magazine described Hope as "a soft, glancing rather affected record".[2]

During his career he has recorded mostly with others, including with Eddie Gómez, Tony Williams, Bobby Hutcherson, Maria Schneider, McCoy Tyner, and Chick Corea. He has also composed a saxophone concerto and two symphonies for orchestra.

Since moving to Paris in 2003, he has performed with Martial Solal, François Moutin, Louis Moutin, Ari Hoenig, Franck Amsallem, Jean-Michel Pilc, and Manuel Rocheman.


As leader[edit]

  • Color (Blue Note, 1989) U.S. Jazz No. 9[3]
  • Hope (Blue Note, 1991) U.S. Jazz No. 11[3]
  • This Is New (Blue Note, 1991) U.S. Jazz No. 19[3]
  • Second Home with Jeff Gardner (Musidisc, 1995)
  • Work It (SteepleChase, 1995)
  • Hands of Time (Challenge, 1995)
  • Game of Chance (Challenge, 1997)
  • Conversations with Bert Van Den Brink (Challenge, 1999)
  • Heart of Hearts (Palmetto, 2000)
  • Memento (Palmetto, 2001)
  • Bohemia (Nocturne, 2004)
  • Gypsy Tenor with Tony Lakatos, Gabor Bolla (Skip, 2017)
  • Sacred Hearts (Le Coq, 2021)[4]

As sideman[edit]

With Miles Davis

With John Fedchock

  • John Fedchock New York Big Band (Reservoir, 1995)
  • On the Edge (Reservoir, 1997)
  • No Nonsense (Reservoir, 2002)
  • Up & Running (Reservoir, 2007)

With Andy LaVerne

With Lou Rawls

  • It's Supposed to Be Fun (Blue Note, 1990)
  • The Legendary Lou Rawls (Capitol, 1991)

With Maria Schneider

With others


  1. ^ Scott Yanow, Rick Margitza at Allmusic
  2. ^ Fordham, John (5 March 1991). "Hope review". Q Magazine. 55: 75.
  3. ^ a b c Billboard, Allmusic.com
  4. ^ "Rick Margitza Sacred Heart Album Release". Vivascene. January 28, 2021. Retrieved 2 February 2021.