Int'l Jazz Artist, Cultural Envoy of the U.S. Dept. of State, Yamaha Saxophone Artist, endorser of Roland Keyboards & DPA Microphones, iconic former musical director for Nordic TV, well-traveled seminar advisor, creative consultant for global media & communications.
Founder/creative director of The Dar Jazz Event, and initiator of The Band Doctor feat. Bobby Ricketts Music Seminars conducted across the African continent.
Powered by one of the most unique, original saxophone voices of today, the sound of Bobby Ricketts embodies the essence of awakening, inspiration and empowerment. Influenced by the diverse cultures experienced while touring and performing across 5 of the 7 continents, Bobby's songs are universal and timeless, touching the hearts of music fans in the tens of thousands.
Copenhagen, Denmark has always been a haven for expatriate American musicians, sax players in particular. The tradition of honing a distinctive sound in the Danish capital that began with jazz legends such as Ben Webster and Dexter Gordon continues with saxophonist Bobby Ricketts.
Bobby started his career in Boston, Mass. Distancing himself musically from the rest of the pack at an early age and winning numerous awards at school-to-school jazz band competitions, Bobby was voted ‘Musician of the Year’ by the Massachusetts Music Educators Association during his senior year in high school. Later that year, he was chosen as one of the finest musicians on the entire eastern coast of the United States, and participated in the All-Eastern Music Conference in Washington, D.C.
The success continued. Bobby was awarded a college scholarship by the Boston Jazz Society, the first-ever recipient of this award. The next stop was Berklee College of Music. Bobby quickly rose to the top, playing in the prestigious Berklee Recording Band under the leadership of gifted bandleader/trumpetist Herb Pomeroy, as well as the International Dues Band, led by master trombonist Phil Wilson. There was ample time to jam with the future big names of jazz, and Bobby crossed paths with players such as Kevin Eubanks, Branford Marsalis, ‘Smitty’ Smith, Tommy Campbell and Victor Bailey, among others.
The international atmosphere of Boston in general, and Berklee College in particular, led to networking opportunities with students representing a myriad of world cultures. What started with tours of Norway and Sweden with fellow Berklee students during school breaks turned into the basis for an unparalleled music career. After completing Berklee’s 4-year degree program as an honor student, Bobby packed his saxophones and a suitcase, then flew to Copenhagen. The rest is Danish music history.
Amongst peers, colleagues, fans, and the industry itself, saxophonist/producer/music director Bobby Ricketts is praised for his consistent, unusually high standards of musical & artistic integrity -and admired for the courage it takes to maintain such standards. On his home court in Scandinavia, Bobby is referred to as a TV-icon, having demonstrated his musical abilities on more major prime time television shows than any musician in Denmark, often performing with some of the biggest names in the global music industry. Being seen as music director for some of the most popular TV shows in Danish entertainment has made Bobby a household name. He is, quite simply, one of the most recognised names and faces of any instrumentalist in the country.
Unique traits: 30+ year career track record combining top-tier, international performance artistry with in-depth television & film production experience as a composer, musical director & executive producer; business acumen as a record label owner & media entrepreneur; creator of talent development skill-sharing platforms endorsed by the US Dept. of State Arts Envoy Program.