2015 Roswell Jazz Festival Guest of Honor
Ricky Malichi, Drums – Roswell Jazz Festival Musicians: Ricky Malichi was born in Riverside, California, but has spent the majority of his life in El Paso,Texas.
He began studying music at the age of nine and focused on drums and percussion. While in High School, he received numerous awards in Solo Ensemble competitions.
His love of music was evident as a youngster and the journey of a lifetime commenced when he began private drum studies at eight years old. Achieving multiple musical honors in both high school and college, he earned a Special Education degree at the University of Texas at El Paso in 1977.
Ricky’s early jazz performing experience began while still in college when he joined the Mike Frances Quartet and worked alongside the great trumpeter Gerald Hunter. During this period, he had the opportunity to work with many jazz greats including Herb Ellis, Monty Budwig, Jack Sheldon, Tommy Newsome, Joe Newman, Charlie Rouse and many others.
As his career has progressed, Ricky has shared the stage with David “Fathead” Newman, Herbie Mann, Chris Calloway (Cab Calloway’s daughter), Richie Cole, Ernie Watts, Dave Young, Houston Person, Chuck Redd, Nicki Parrott, Dan Barrett, Eddie Erickson, Harry Allen, Allan Vache’, Randy Sandke, Chuck Berry and the list goes on!
Malichi’s accomplishments are wide, varied and are truly a tribute to the Performing Arts and Educational Systems. When he is not performing Ricky teaches a loyal group of private students. He also takes his talent and expertise into the public schools as a clinician and an adjudicator. Ricky is also teaching a select group of drum set students at the University of Texas at El Paso.