ALICE RICCIARDI bio
Italian jazz singer Alice Ricciardi, born in Milan and now living between Rome and New York City, is one of the most sensitive, fascinating and distinctive singers, according to international critics and audience.
Music has been part of Alice’s life since she started playing violin and piano at the age of seven, attending the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan. In 1998 she started studying jazz singing at "Accademia Internazionale della Musica" in Milan directed by Enrico Intra and Franco Cerri. She specialized in vocal improvisation with Roberta Gambarini and Rachel Gould and also studied with Jazz Legend pianist Ran Blake in Boston. In 2002 she achieved European diploma "F.N.E.I.J." (Fèdèration Nationale des Écoles d' Influence Jazz et des Musiques Actuelles) in France, valid for the instruction of jazz and modern music in all Europe. Award Winning 2nd prize at 2005 International Montreux Jazz Festival Voice Competition - Performer at 2006 IAJE Conference in New York and at Jazz at the Lincoln Center Dizzy’s Club.
"COMES LOVE" is the first album produced by Alice Ricciardi and released for the prestigious label Blue Note/EMI, acclaimed by critics and public worldwide. The latest album “OPTICS" was released by Inner Circle Music, the international label created by american saxophonist Greg Osby.
Collaborations include some of the most renowned Italian and International musicians such as: Pietro Lussu, Nicola Conte, Fabrizio Bosso, Dario Deidda, Daniele Tittarelli, Gaetano Partipilo, Enrico Bracco, Agus Collective, Giovanni Amato, Flavio Boltro, Enrico Intra, Franco Cerri, Olivier Hutman, Darryl Hall, Gilad Hekselman, Gregory Hutchinson, James Cammack, Neal Miner, Dezron Douglas, Ameen Saleem, Will Terrill, Darrell Green, Adam Pache, Alex Bonheam, Jesper Lundgaard, Morten Lund, Teppo Mäkynen, Magnus Lindgren, Till Brönner, Saul Rubin, Paul Gill, Desmond White, Spike Wilner, Michael Kanan, Randy Ingram, José James, Greg Osby, Tommy Crane, Logan Richardson. Recently Alice has been chosen by the renowned French pianist and composer Olivier Hutman as the interpreter of his latest original project "Olivier Hutman meets Alice Ricciardi" recorded in France alongside some of the most extraordinary musicians of the international jazz scene; Gilad Hekselman, Olivier Temime, Darryl Hall and Gregory Hutchinson.
She performed at most of the prestigious Clubs and Festivals around the world: Teatro Morlacchi Umbria Jazz, Blue Note Tokyo, Cotton Club Tokyo, Jazzhus Montmartre Copenhagen, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Sopot Jazz Festival, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Casa del Jazz Rome, Jazz Club Ferrara, Jazz Cafè London, Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory di Milano, Blue Note Milano, Villa Ada Rome, Piccolo Teatro di Milano, Teatro Romano di Verona, Anfiteatro Romano di Cagliari, Sferisterio di Macerata, Marmi Stadium in Rome, Auditorium G. Mahler Milano, The Big Chill Festival UK, Istanbul Jazz Center, Montreux Jazz Festival, Bangen Jazz Festival, Aarhus Jazz Festival, Dubai Jazz Festival, NEW MORNING Paris, KOKO Jazz Club Helsinki, REGATTA BAR Boston, DIZZY’S Club NYC, HIGHLINE Ballroom NYC, The Kitano NYC, SHAPESHIFTER Lab NYC, ROCKWOOD Music Hall NYC, VOCAL FESTIVAL curated by Sara Serpa, alongside Jen Shyu and Sara Serpa at Cornelia Street Cafe NYC, Smalls Jazz Club NYC, Mezzrow Jazz Club NYC. In 2015 Alice obtains the Artist Visa U.S.A. for Individuals with Extraordinary Ability in the Arts, that allows her to live and perform in NYC.
“I've always loved voices: Jeanne Lee, Abbey Lincoln, Mahalia Jackson, Chris Connor, Christine Correa, Sara Serpa, Alice Ricciardi” - Ran Blake Pianist/ Composer/ MacArthur Genius Grant 1988
“A master phraser with a fresh point of view, Ricciardi is alternately surrealistic and swinging” - Ted Panken DownBeat Magazine
“From the first notes the listener will realize that Ms. Ricciardi is a major new talent, a pure jazz singer with a great voice and solid technique. Her silky smooth voice, perfect enunciation, sunny disposition, cool-eyed intelligence and just the right amount of vibrato remind me of some of the greatest jazz singers of all time, like Carmen McRae and Betty Carter. She’s not an entertainer, she’s a jazz singer.” - Norman Simmons Pianist and Accompanist for Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughan, Betty Carter, Anita O’Day
“Italy may be mostly known for its contribution to classical music history, but make no mistake when it comes to jazz.This lady has a solid heritage in the great Italian love and life stories, and she brings it alive in a new and sophisticated way that indeed swings. Deeply fascinating” - Niels Lan Doky Pianist, Composer, Artistic Director