Walter Ricci (b. 1989) was brought up in a musical environment thanks to his father, a musician who exposed him from an early age to all sorts of musical genres. Yet the music that attracted and thrilled him most was jazz in all its forms, from swing to bebop and even contemporary jazz.
Beguiled by jazz legends such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennet and Ella Fitzgerald he took up the piano, rapidly specializing in improvisation. Within a few years he was performing with first-rate musicians in the best jazz clubs.
Ricci’s career decidedly took off when he won the “International Massimo Urbani Award” in 2006. On that occasion he met trumpeter Fabrizio Bosso, who encouraged and backed his musical development and regularly invited him to make joint appearances in major jazz venues.
In 2007 he was featured in interviews and articles in several international networks and press headlines, including “Jazz Magazine” and “Jazzit”. In 2008 Walter Ricci met Stefano Di Battista, and subsequently toured with him in Italy, France, Spain and Switzerland. That same year Lorenzo Tucci, one of today’s most talented Italian drummers, had him feature on his new album “TOUCH”, distributed by “SCHEMA RECORD” in Japan and other countries. In 2009-10 Italian TV host Pippo Baudo invited Ricci to appear regularly as vocalist in Pippo Caruso’s orchestra in “Domenica In”, a Sunday afternoon television program on Italy’s first national channel. The numerous TV shows gave Ricci the opportunity to sing with internationally renowned artists, including Michael Bublé and Mario Biondi. Mario Biondi subsequently invited him to join him on his album and tour.
Over the same period, Ricci also featured in Guido Pistocchi’s album “SPRING TIME” for “DEJAVU RECORDS”. He later met saxophonist Daniele Scannapieco, with whom he released a tribute to one of the greatest jazz composers of all times: “THE COLE PORTER SONGBOOK”.
In October 2012 he performed as special guest with Luca Santaniello’s Quartet at “Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola” at Lincoln Center, New York. In 2015 he was one of the semifinalists of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in Los Angeles.
In early 2016 Fabrizio Bosso invited Ricci to join his “Spiritual” trio with Alberto Marsico and Alessandro Minetto. They later recorded an album for “Espresso” magazine’s Italian jazz collection, “Jazz Italiano Live”. In September he took part in the NEW WAVE INTERNATIONAL CONTEST in Sochi, Russia, where he was awarded first prize (jointly with the Croatian rock singer Dino), having blown away both jury and audience.
Right after his Russian experience Ricci spent a month in France working with Dédé Ceccarelli on his new West Side Story project, for which Walter Ricci is the vocal protagonist.
At the end of 2016, in between a series of concerts in France and Italy, Ricci devoted his time to composition and forming his French-Italian quartet, featuring Domenico Sanna on the piano, Géraud Portal on the bass and Rémi Vignolo on the drums. In February 2017 Warner released Antonio Faraò’s new album “Ekletktik” which features Ricci on two tracks: “News from…” with Snoop Dogg, and “Through the Day”.
Whether with his own jazz groups or with internationally renowned artists, Ricci showcases his musical versatility. He has not only mastered the great American crooner repertoire and style but he has also, stimulated by his deep love for music of all kinds, nurtured a style of his own, rich with new sonorities and vibrant nuances, spanning with remarkable ease bebop, jazz and pop music.