Michael Ricci, founder of the longest-lived and most comprehensive jazz web sites in the region and beyond—allaboutjazz.com and jazznearyou.com—will be the recipient of this year’s Jazz Bridge Jazz Ambassador Award. This is the second annual Jazz Ambassador Award, given to an individual or business that has done the most for jazz in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Ricci will receive this honor at the Jazz Bridge Jazz Cruise, which takes place on June 11. For more information on attending this spectacular event, call 215-517-8337 or visitwww.jazzbridge.org/events/special-events.
A web entrepreneur with a background in information technologies, Michael Ricci combined his vocation with his love of jazz music and launched All About Jazz in 1995, a website that reaches over 500,000 readers worldwide. Since then he has established a much deeper understanding of the industry and has continually developed web-based promotional solutions for jazz professionals, while delivering content to jazz enthusiasts daily.
All About Jazz, known all over the world as the most comprehensive jazz resource on earth, is a 13-time winner of the Jazz Journalists Association’s “Best Web Site” award. It has also been recognized as the top jazz web site by Google, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, BBC, Time Magazine, and Forbes Magazine.
Ricci spun off Jazz Near You in October 2012, a network of 300+ websites focused on aggregating local jazz events and distributing them through the web, email, an app, widgets and feeds, resulting in greater local community support of the music.
“I’ve spent the last 20 years building a web platform to support jazz musicians around the world,” says Ricci, “but nothing gives me greater satisfaction than knowing that my efforts have directly helped musicians in my hometown.”
Jazz Bridge, an award-winning nonprofit dedicated to assisting Greater Philadelphia Metro area jazz and blues musicians and vocalists in times of crisis, sponsors these neighborhood concerts throughout the region to keep the sound of Philadelphia alive.
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