Rico Jones Quartet featuring Dave Kikoski and Ari Hoenig

Rico Jones Quartet featuring Dave Kikoski and Ari Hoenig

Rico Jones- Saxophone
Dave Kikoski- Piano
Ari Hoenig- Drums
Gabe Rupe- Bass

Rico Jones, a Colorado native, first picked up the alto saxophone at age 11 while in the fifth grade. Before even learning to read music, it became clear that he had a keen ear for melodies and learning songs by ear. In his first year at Denver School of The Arts, Rico was formally introduced to jazz music through clinics and performances by such notables as Curtis Fuller and Kneebody. Rico Jones lives in New York City, where he pursues an academic and professional career at the Manhattan School of Music. In 2016 he released his first album The Search: Live at Dazzle under the Synergy Music record label through the pathways to jazz grant. In 2019 Rico Jones was awarded 1st prize in the Vandoren Emerging Artist competition. 

Dave Kikoski has played on over 100 records including 14 under his own name. During the 90’s, Dave’s growing distinction as world class pianist allowed him to work and record as a leader. He was also distinguished as an invaluable “go-to” sideman and was offered places alongside an enviable cast of jazz luminaries such as John Scofield, Ravi Coltrane, Chris Potter, Dave Holland, Mike Stern, Chick Corea, Bill Stewart, Toots Thielemans, Tom Harrell, Gary Thomas, Marcus Miller, Michael Brecker, Pat Martino, Jack Dejohnette, Toninho Horta and many others. He continues to foster his individualistic voice while exploring a wide variety of opportunities as both a leader and sideman. Dave seeks to continue composing not only for his own groups but for films and other artistic mediums. As an affecting modernist, Dave distills the best in jazz and popular music and infuses every song with attention-garnering brilliance.

Ari Hoenig is drumming’s newest resourceful shining light, especially on bop forms-his drums dance and flirt with the soloist like few you’ll hear. Sweet and Lovely has him coaxing melody out of every available surface on the kit in subtle comfortable ways. In 2013 Ari won the prestigious BMW Welt (World) award in Munich, an international competition for best band led by a drummer. As an educator, Ari teaches privately and is on faculty at New York University and the New School for Social Research in New York. He gives clinics and lectures at music schools and universities worldwide, and writes
a regular educational column for Modern Drummer magazine

During the 8 years that Gabe Rupe has been playing, he has been fortunate enough to perform with and learn from a variety of artists, including: Eric Gunnison, Brad Goode, Paul Romaine, Shane Endsley, and Greg Gisbert. Gabe cites his main living influences as John Clayton and Christian McBride, although his appreciation for bass extends farther back to such greats as Milt Hinton, Scott LaFaro and Ray Brown. Gabe maintains great respect for the lineage and history of jazz, which he tries to reflect and preserve in his sound. He feels jazz is a microcosm of the story of the United States, and a complete reflection of the human experience. Gabe is excited to share his music with the world and dedicates his life to continuing and protecting one of the greatest art forms ever created: Jazz.


Feb 01 2020


6:30 pm - 7:45 pm




Dazzle @ Baur's
1512 Curtis Street, Denver, CO, 80202


(303) 839-5100