Dublin City Jazz Orchestra with The Fiftieth Ones – Rick Margitza


(tenor and soprano saxophone)

 On Wednesday 7th December 2011 at

The Grand Social.


The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra with The Fiftieth Ones Rick Margitza (tenor and soprano saxophone) special guest soloist from America. In The Loft at The Grand Social, 35 Liffey Street Lower, Dublin 1. Doors open at 8.30pm. Concert at 9pm. Admission €10. Student Discount: Two For One(on the door).

Rick Margitza playing tenor sax
Rick Margitza playing tenor sax

Book online at entertainment.ie 


Nothing beats the rhythmic drive and sheer power of a jazz big band. The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra brings this quality to its concerts with superb ensemble playing and outstanding soloists in all four sections, reeds, trombones, trumpets and rhythm. All the members of this 17 piece jazz orchestra are well known on the Irish jazz scene and they bring to this orchestra their well honed skills, performing arrangements from great International writers and Irish composers.



Ciaran Wilde and Ray Martin founded the Dublin City Big Band in 2007. It became Dublin City Jazz Orchestra for a performance at the Electric Picnic in 2008. Allen Smith of Jazz on the Terrace and Ciaran Wilde in collaboration create opportunities for the DCJO to perform throughout Ireland.

In 2010 and 2011 the DCJO has played 24 concerts including in 2010 the dlr Festival of World Cultures, TBCT’s Culture Night, the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival. In 2011 the orchestra performed an outstanding concert in the National Concert Hall with singers Mary Coughlan, Christine Tobin and David Linx, at the Sligo Jazz Festival with guests, trombonist Marshall Gilkes and drummer John Riley, and at “Made in Temple Bar”. Always very good, many times brilliant.

This concert by the DCJO is the second in a series called “The Fiftieth Ones”. The Fiftieth One in this concert is American tenor saxophonist Rick Margitza, fifty this year.

Born into a musical family in 1961 in Detroit. Rick Margitza’s paternal grandfather, a Hungarian Gypsy violinist, taught him to play the violin at the age of four. His father, a violist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra helped his musical education. His maternal grandfather, a jazz bassist with the Glen Miller band, also played cello on the famed Charlie Parker with strings recording. After hearing Parker on this recording, Margitza switched to the saxophone.

He studied classical saxophone with Donald Sinta and jazz with Sonny Stitt, Gerry Niewood, Michael Brecker, and David Liebman. He studied at the Berklee School of Music in Boston and graduated with a B. Mus. from the Loyola University in New Orleans. Rick was touring with Maynard Ferguson and also Flora Purim and Airto Moreira at this time.

From New Orleans, Margitza moved to New York in 1989, and joined Miles Davis’ group and recorded three albums with it: “Amandla”, “Live around the world” and “Live in Montreux”. He made three recordings as leader for Blue Note during 1989-1991. Since 1994, his career has been enriched with five more solo albums and collaborations with such artists as Maria Schneider, Chick Corea and McCoy Tyner. He has performed with Bobby Hutcherson, Tony Williams, Eddie Gomez, Martial Solal and Dave Douglas. He has led his own band and performed in clubs, concert halls and festivals around the world.

His 10 albums as a leader document the evolution of his playing as well as his growth as a composer. Margitza has also composed music for orchestra including two symphonies and a saxophone concerto. He currently lives in Paris and his recording Bohemia, on the French label Nocturne, was his most personal to date.

Rick Margitza, who has long been regarded as one of the  “Young Lions” of the International Jazz Scene, is nowadays one of the most respected musicians of his generation. An 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.

Rick Margitza has appeared in Dublin on a previous occasion recently, appearing with Myles Drennan, Damian Evans and Shane O’Donovan in JJs. As the guest soloist, he brings arrangements in which he will shine with the DCJO in this exciting concert.

The members of the DCJO are:

Trumpets: Danny Healy, Mark Adams, Eamonn Nolan Ray Martin.

Trombones: Jim Clarke, Karl Ronan, Barry McBrien, Paul Frost.

Reeds: Alex Mathias, Derek O’Connor, Ciaran Wilde, Nick Roth, Robert Geraghty.

Rhythm Section: Phil Ware(kybrds), Hugh Buckley(gtr), Cormac O’Brien(dbl bs), Shane O’Donovan(drms)




This concert is presented by Jazz on the Terrace with funding from the Small Festivals and Events Award of The Arts Council.

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