Mooncat.org: The Official Webite of Jason Ricci.

 

Upcoming Appearances

  • 02/28/20 Jason Ricci in New Orleans, LA at Chickie Wah Wah
  • 03/11/20 JP Soars’ Gypsy Blue Revue in Wildwood, FL at Rohan Rec Center
  • 03/13/20 JP Soars’ Gypsy Blue Revue in Bradenton, FL at Birdrock Taco Shack
  • 03/14/20 JP Soars’ Gypsy Blue Revue in Bonita Springs, FL at Bonita Blues Festival
  • 03/15/20 The Nick Moss Band feat. Jason Ricci, Johnny Sansone and Dennis Gruenling in New Orleans, LA at Chickie Wah Wah
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Story of a Mooncat

Jason Ricci is one of the best and most imitated blues harmonica players of the 21st century. He picked up the instrument as a teenager when he started playing in a punk rock band. His journey started in earnest when he watched and later was mentored by legendary harmonica player Pat Ramsey in Memphis. As Ricci gigged and grew as a player he found work and support from the southern blues community. He lived and played with Junior and David Kimbrough in Mississippi and then worked as a sideman with Big Al and The Heavyweights for more than a year. In the late 90s, he formed Jason Ricci and New Blood, a band that toured around the world for more than a decade and released critically praised albums like Done With The Devil and Rocket Number 9. Ricci’s latest chapter is the New Orleans band Jason Ricci and The Bad Kind, a band influenced by the sounds of New Orleans and artists like The Meters and Doctor John. What defines Jason Ricci as an artist is the fearlessness with which he approaches his instrument and music and transmutes the hardships we all face into unforgettable music.

  • Jason was a featured performer on Johnny Winter’s Grammy award winning CD ‘Step Back’ (2014)
  • Has received multiple Blues Music Award Nominations 2009 – 2016, and won a Blues Music Award in 2010.
  • Featured performer at the Rock & Roll hall of fame with Zac Brown & Tom Morello for the Paul Butterfield Blues Band induction in 2015
  • Jason has worked and/or recorded with Junior Kimbrough, RL Burnside, Nick Curran, Walter Trout, Ana Popovic, Cedric Burnside, Joe Louis Walker, Peter Karp, Sue Foley, and many others.

"The two most exciting performances of the night: Green Day -The other belonged to Tom Morello, Doyle Bramhall II and Zac Brown with harmonica player Jason Ricci performing "Born in Chicago" in tribute to the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Not only did Ricci slay, but Morello played a nasty scabrous solo that raised the hairs on your arm, it was so alive." – CNN on 2015 The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions
"Someone I like a lot is Jason Ricci, He's a great player" ... "Jason Ricci is a really innovative. He's just a rocking' player, I've never met him but I really love his playing" – Mickey Raphael
"Jason Ricci is an awesome harp player, he is someone who plays very differently then me and I love that, but people always want to compare the two of us or put him in opposition to me. He's that other harp player." – John Popper
"Jason Ricci has taken the harmonica to a new place. It's like listening to John Coltrane or something, he's really pushing the boundaries to an incredible degree. He really pisses off the blues purists even more than I do and we sort of became friends over that (laughs)He does jazz and funk and all kinds of stuff, almost like Sonny Rollins. ... You should see this guy live! He's an astounding live performer and he's unique, nobody plays like this guy. I mean technically - and I'm a harp player too - I know what he's pulling off on that instrument; he's really great." – Walter Trout
“He's paid some serious dues. He's got the gift, watch him shine! This guy's cookin' with the hot sauce!" – Paul Delay
"Ricci links the jazz mastery of Howard Levy, with the blues precision of Jerry Portnoy and hits speeds that make John Popper look like he's standing still." – Brad Kava (Mercury News)
" I am convinced that he (Jason Ricci) along with New Jersey's Dennis Gruenling is one of the best players of his generation" – Adam Gussow (Author and member of Satan and Adam)
"Instead of trying to be the next Little Walter via Estrin/Piazza/Wilson or blowing high-end speed harp like John Popper or Sugar Blue, Ricci relies on an individualistic style that has touches of his heroes, but more often is all Ricci." – Art Tipaldi (writer for Blues Revue Magazine and author of Sons of the Blues)
"Thanks for loaning us a master musician" "He's a great, great player it's such a pleasure" – Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine)

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