Ricky’s Bio

       Ricky Malichi	
           Ricky Malichi was born in Riverside, California and grew up in El Paso, Texas.  His love of music was evident very early. The journey of a lifetime commenced when he began private percussion studies at eight years of age.  
    Achieving multiple music honors in both High School and College, he earned a Special Education degree from the University of Texas at El Paso while continuing his musical studies and activities in the Fine Arts Department. He fueled his thirst for musical knowledge outside the classroom as well studying privately with legendary drum great Alan Dawson and others.
    Ricky’s early jazz performing began in college when he joined a Quartet alongside the Jazz great Trumpeter Gerald Hunter.  During this period, he worked with many jazz greats, including Herb Ellis, Monty Budwig, Jack Sheldon, and Charlie Rouse.  His career has progressed throughout the United States and Europe, performing places such as the A – Trane International Jazz Club in Berlin, Germany and The Philharmonic Concert Hall in Lviv, Ukraine.  
  In 2016 he toured with The Juarez and Chihuahua Symphony in Mexico, performing pieces arranged for Jazz Quartet and Orchestra. Ricky has shared the stage or recorded with David “Fathead” Newman, Herbie Mann, Dan Barrett, Chris Calloway (Cab’s Daughter), Richie Cole, Ernie Watts, Bobby Shew, John Sheridon, Randy Sandke, Allen Vache, Eddie Erickson, Majic Fontuna (Trpt.) from Poland, Chuck Berry and the list goes on. 
    This year Ricky will be performing across the country and abroad.  He has been invited back to play the 12th Annual Roswell Jazz Festival where in 2015 he was named the Guest of Honor (www.roswelljazzfestival.org) and the Cleveland Classic Jazz Party (www.alleghenyjazz.org).  For the first time Ricky has been invited to perform at the longest running Jazz Party in the country, the West Texas Jazz Party in Midland/Odessa, TX. (https://wtjs.org/jazz-party).   Internationally known musicians such as, Dan Barrett, Frank Tate, Houston Person, Scott Robinson, Randy Reinhart, Rebecca Kilgore, Harry Allen, Chuck Redd, Nicki Parrott, Rossano Sportiello, and Howard Alden are just some he will be performing with this upcoming year. 
    There are two musical groups Ricky is always excited about.  He helped established “New Impressions” and  “EP Jazz Quartet.”  Recording and touring across the country, Mexico, and Europe has been a joy. Working with Erik Unsworth (Bass), Curt Warren (Guitar), Mack Goldsbury (Sax), Sean Mahoney (Guitar), and the late great Vince Genova has been a wonderful journey.  Keeping the Art form of Latin music alive is also, very important to him.  Ricky has been a part of a rhythm section with a great Latin Jazz/ Salsa Ensemble “Spice of Life” under the direction of pianist and longtime friend Michael Francis. 
      With such richly musical experience and commitment to being a “team player”, Ricky is equipped to consistently contribute outstanding, stylistically authentic performances to any ensemble, regardless of the genre.  
               Malichi’s accomplishments are substantial in the field of music education.  He takes his talents into public schools and universities as a clinician, and as an adjudicator in and out of the country.  Ricky has had the privilege to perform at the Chautauqua Jazz Party but, was one of the clinicians at the (Traditional Jazz Workshop).  In Poznan, Poland he was honored to teach at The I. J. Paderewski Academy of Music (International Jazz Workshop), La Universidad Automa De Aguascalientes in Mexico, and workshops and performances in Australia to name a few places abroad.  He is president ofSouthwest Arts Alliance, Inc. and is on staff (Percussion Instructor) with the El Paso Music Conservatory. 

         Ricky has been named to the Spaun Drum Co. artist roster (www.spaundrums.com) and plays Spaun drums exclusively.  Brian Spaun and his staff create wonderful, custom-hand crafted drums featured during his performances, clinics, and recordings.