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UMass Boston News

"It’s international. It’s diverse. I could travel and go to school.” Beautiful write-up by Vaness Chatterley published in the UMass Boston News on May 15, 2018 announcing me as 2018 Graduate Commencement Speaker, chosen to…

Delores Gallo Award Recipient

The "Delores Gallo Award for Creative Development and Outreach" is named after the UMass Boston CCT program founder. "From his application statement the CCT faculty felt that Bobby could well serve as our teacher. What…

Master of Arts, UMB Class of 2018

Honored to have been chosen as the Graduate Student Speaker at yesterday's commencement ceremonies for the UMass Boston Graduate Class of 2018. Have now earned a Master of Arts in Critical & Creative Thinking, graduating…

Pump It Up Magazine Feature

Thanks to the very cool, edgy, and insightful Pump It Up Magazine for the write-up in their April '17 issue, featuring the one and only Diana Krall on the cover! “It’s a completely different mindset”,…

(In Pursuit Of) Cool Sound, 5

Pat Metheny w/ Charlie Haden, Jack DeJohnette, Dewey Redman, Mike Brecker: 80/81 I had the tremendous fortune of meeting saxophonist Mike Brecker - literally one of the greatest saxophonists to ever walk the face of…

(In Pursuit Of) Cool Sound, 4

At age 17, I won a scholarship to a summer music camp at University of New Hampshire (Durham), and one of my instructors, Professor David Seiler, raved about this album by Miles Davis called Bitches…

(In Pursuit Of) Cool Sound, 3

Growing up as a young musician, and having non-musician friends whose exposure to music was limited to whatever happened to be playing on top 40 radio, was, at times - and strictly musically speaking -…

(In Pursuit Of) Cool Sound, 2

I played a load of different kinds of music growing up. Under the tutelage of the incredible teachers in the music dept. of the Waltham MA school system, I was introduced to symphonic music, chamber…

(In Pursuit Of) Cool Sound, 1

A few years ago, my bud Peter Lund over in Helsingborg, Sweden asked me to compile a list of 10 albums which were influential in my musical development. There’s no way I could narrow that…

Improvisational Jazz In The We-Space

Tune into The We-Space Summit on Tuesday October 10, 2017 www.thewespacesummit.com In this Facilitation* panel discussion we are joined by Jazz Musicians and Professors Ed Sarath, Bobby Ricketts, Anthony Branker, Alex Rodriguez and their host…

The We-Space Summit

A 5-day Global Online Journey The We-Space Summit has been conceived to create conditions for the beginning of future work, research and practice into this burgeoning field by showcasing the work of over 150 pioneers…

Maria Schneider: Protecting the Power of Music

Via JazzTimes:At the 2017 Jazz Connect Conference, held in New York in January and organized by JazzTimes and the Jazz Forward Coalition, the acclaimed composer and bandleader Maria Schneider delivered a keynote address that brought…

(In Pursuit Of) Presence & Flow, Pt. 1

Dialogue is something I had previously perceived as "discussion", oftentimes neither constructive nor generative, but just talk. Theoretical physicist David Bohm’s description (below) altered my perception regarding dialogue's potential, the dynamics of which I subsequently…

U.S. Arts Envoy Empowers …

"United States Arts Envoy Bobby Ricketts Empowers Cameroon Musicians" Source: U.S. Embassy Yaounde | U.S. Embassy Yaounde Facebook American jazz musician Bobby Ricketts spent one week in Yaounde, Cameroon from June 28 through July 4,…

The Dar Jazz Event: A Platform for Transformation

“The jazz festival format is the perfect platform for interaction between foreign and local musicians, for cultivating a music industry infrastructure, for creating quality cultural experiences, and for educating and developing young talent. A music…

w/ Amb. Gifford on TV2

U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark Rufus Gifford and U.S. State Dept. Arts Envoy Bobby Ricketts talk about jazz, cultural diplomacy, and the Jazz Ambassadors Tribute 2015 campaign: Read More

Simply Aberdeen, Simply Music

An incredibly flattering review of my composition and production work by one of my clients, from an article about Ramsey Lewis, George Benson... and me! Read More