Rico Jones, a graduate of Denver School of the Arts and freshman at the Manhattan School of Music first picked up the alto saxophone at age eleven while in the fifth grade. It was in his first year attending Denver School of The Arts that Rico was formally introduced to jazz music through clinics and performances by such notables as Curtis Fuller and Kneebody. The opportunity to see and hear the mastery and beauty in the music thoroughly inspired him. Only a couple months after these experiences Rico began to sit in with local performers. Within the next year he was playing at local venues and music festivals as a member of various professional groups. By eighth grade, Rico was playing with high school-level ensembles as well as participating in the Denver Jazz Club Youth All-Stars, Telluride All-Star Band, and The Sacramento Jazz Festival All Stars group. In the ensuing years he has performed in the top ensemble at Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts, played at the JEN conference in Atlanta, Georgia, and competed in Swing Central Jazz Competition in Savanah, Georgia. He also had the opportunity to perform with artists such as Greg Gisbert, Jeff Coffin, Colin Stranahan, Hubert Laws, Terrell Stafford, Earl Clue, Delfeo Marsalis and Marcus Firillo. Most recently, Rico took part in the 2015 Grammy Band Jazz session workshop in L.A., the 2016 Jazz Band of America, the 2016 UNC Jazz Festival All-Star Big Band and performed as part of the Cole Davis Group at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival. Rico looks forward to attending college to continue his study of music in New York City.