Rico Jones, is a Colorado native and lives in New York City where he pursues an academic and professional career at the Manhattan School of Music. In 2016 he released his first album The Search: Live at Dazzle under the Synergy Music record label through the pathways to jazz grant. In 2019 Rico Jones was awarded 1st prize in the Vandoren Emerging Artist competition. He later premiered a new big band composition written for him by Todd Bashore at the Music For All festival with Jazz Band of America. Rico was also chosen in 2019 to take part in the prestigious Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center, and the 2019 JAS Aspen workshop directed by Christian McBride.
He has Collaborated with notable artists such as Ari Hoenig, Lage Lund, Dave Kikoski, Colin Stranahan, Rick Rosato, Rich Perry, Steven Feifke, Adam Larson, Brad Goode, Greg Gisbert and Gabriel Mervine. Rico has performed with artists such as Candido, Joe Lovano, Greg Osby, Jonathan Kreisberg, Matt Clohesy, Benny Benack III, Bobby Sanabria, Javon Jackson, Donald Harrison, Howard Levy, Jeff Coffin, Ernie Watts, Hubert Laws, JimMcNeely, Terence Blanchard, Terell Stafford and, Earl Klugh.
Rico Jones Trio: Rico Jones on sax, Julian Archer on drums and Gabe Rupe on bass.