word spread. Rick's friend, trumpet player Ike Brown, leader of the
Jazz Prophets, was certain that once others heard about the jazz birthday
party, professionals who didn't participate in the first one would
surely want to be at the next one.
One year later, in spite of awful weather - a major snowstorm was
taking place - 80 jazz aficionados braved the elements, and the second
Jazz Jamm was another huge success. Said jazz vocalist and legend
Jimmy Scott: "This is the way we used to do things back in the
'40s and '50s…going from house to house, musicians getting together
to jam." Alto sax player Bruce Williams added, "Give me
a call anytime you have a set like this. I love these sets where I
can play without any stress and have some fun."
by the enthusiasm of both the professionals and the guests, it was
only a matter of time when the idea occurred to Rick that this would
be the path he would follow when he left the corporate world…and
the rest is history. In May 1996, he hosted the first Rick Gee Spring
Jazz Jamm; 150 guests attended. Thirty musicians and five jazz vocalists
participated. Everyone had a swingin' good time.
to the popularity of Rick Gee's Jazz Jamm's, Rick decided to not
only host personal special events twice annually in May and in December,
but to make this his life's work by promoting concerts, and representing
local jazz groups as their agent. In New Jersey, Rick continued
to promote jazz concerts, act as agent, and host his special personal
events up until 2003. He then made the decision to relocate to St.
final Jazz Jamm drew more than 200 guests. The rest is history.
Today, Rick sits on the Board of Directors of The Jazz Club of Sarasota
(the most active jazz club in the United States) and is President
of Rick Gee's Jazz Jamm, Inc. (the most active jazz promoter in
the City of St. Petersburg.) Whether in Sarasota promoting special
projects for the Jazz Club of Sarasota or in St. Petersburg promoting
the best in jazz concerts, Rick Gee offers an awe-inspiring combination
… good people and most notably, GREAT JAZZ!