Rick Margitza (saxophone) - his maternal grandfather was a jazz bassist with the Glen Miller band, also played with Charlie Parker. After listening to Parker, Margitza switched from piano to saxophone. Since then he has studied classical saxophone with Donald Sinta at the University of Michigan, and jazz with Sonny Stitt, Gerry Niewood, Michael Brecker and David Liebman. He has long been regarded as one of the « Young Lyons » of the International Jazz Scene and is nowadays one of the most respected musicians of his generation.
Excellent tenor and soprano saxophonist, mostly inspired by John Coltrane, Michael Brecker and Wayne Shorter, he has managed to expand and develop his unique voice, highly poetic and sharply incisive. He studied with Sonny Stitt, Gerry Niewood, Michael Brecker and David Liebman.
Margitza moved to New York in 1989. He has performed and / or recorded with McCoy Tyner, Bobby Hutcherson, Tony Williams, Eddie Gómez, Chick Korea, Maria Schneider, Dave Douglas and Miles Davis. He has directed his own band and has performed in clubs, concert halls and festivals around the world. Margitza has also composed music for orchestra that includes two symphonies and a concert for saxophone.