Ricky Ford

born on 4/3/1954 in Boston, MA, United States

Ricky Ford

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Ricky Ford (born March 4, 1954) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist.


Ford was born in Boston and studied at the New England Conservatory.[1] In 1974 he recorded with Gunther Schuller and then played in the Duke Ellington Orchestra under Mercer Ellington from 1974 to 1976. After this he played with Charles Mingus (1976–77), Dannie Richmond (1978–81), Lionel Hampton (1980–82), and then in the Mingus Dynasty (1982). He also played with Abdullah Ibrahim (1983–90) and Mal Waldron (1989–94), and has recorded with many other notable musicians including Yusef Lateef, Sonny Stitt, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Amina Claudine Myers, Sathima Bea Benjamin, Steve Lacy, and others.[2]

Ford has recorded extensively as a leader for Muse and Candid.

He settled in Paris, France, in the 1990s.[2] He taught at Istanbul Bilgi University from 2001 to 2006.

In 2009 he founded the Toucy Jazz Festival[3] in Yonne, (France), and invited musicians including Rhoda Scott (2009) and Ravi Coltrane (2011).


As leader

New World Records
Muse Records
Candid Records
Other labels

As sideman

With Ran Blake

  • Short Life of Barbara Monk (Soul Note, 1986)

With Jaki Byard

  • July in Paris (Fariplay, 1998)

With Abdullah Ibrahim

  • Water from an Ancient Well (Tiptoe, 1986)

With Steve Lacy

  • Vespers (Soul Note, 1993)

With Ronnie Mathews

  • Legacy (Bee Hive, 1979)

With Dannie Richmond

  • Dannie Richmond Plays Charles Mingus (Timeless, 1981)
  • The Last Mingus Band A.D. (Landmark, 1980 [1994])
  • Dionysius (Red, 1983)

With Red Rodney

  • The 3R's (Muse, 1979 [1982])

With Mal Waldron

  • Crowd Scene (Soul Note, 1989)
  • Where Are You? (Soul Note, 1989)

With Jack Walrath

  • Revenge of the Fat People (Stash, 1981)


  1. ^ Ricky Ford, Allmusic
  2. ^ a b Mathieu Perez, "Ricky Ford: Five or Six Shades of Jazz" (interview), Jazz Hot #668, Summer 2014.
  3. ^ Toucy Jazz Festival, toucyjazzfestival.com.
  4. ^ Billboard, Allmusic.com
  5. ^ a b Ze Big Band, http://www.zebigband.com/

External links

  • Mathieu Perez, "Ricky Ford: Five or Six Shades of Jazz" (interview), Jazz Hot #668, Summer 2014.
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