Percussion Faculty

Ricky Malichi

Drums and Percussion

Ricky Malichi was born in Riverside, California and grew up in El Paso, TX.  Love for music was evident early in life.  He began private Drum studies at the age of eight years old and the journey of a lifetime began. While attending Andress High School he received eight first division Solo and Ensemble Awards.  He was also a member of the All City and All State Bands.

His senior year he was the recipient of the John Philip Sousa Award.  While attending the University of Texas at El Paso, Ricky received the Outstanding Band Freshman Award and was awarded the Most Spirited Bandsman three consecutive years.  In 1977, he received his degree in Special Education, but continued his studies and musical activities in the Fine Arts Department.  He was also able to fuel his hunger to learn outside the classroom by studying privately with the legendary great Alan Dawson and others.

His professional music career reads like the Who’s-Who in the music community.  Performing with such artist as Herbie Mann, David  "Fathead" Newman, Chris Calloway, Herb Ellis, Richie Cole, Houston Person and Chuck Berry to name a few.  Ricky’s musicianship has adapted to many musical environments.  He provides any musical ensemble with variety and consistency to produce outstanding performances.  His solos are always unique and masterfully musical.

Ricky was the co-founder of the Latin jazz quartet "Yoboso".  They were named The Instrumental Winner in the Black Entertainment Television (BET) Jazz Discovery competition in association with BET’s Jazz Discovery Program.  In the December 1998 issue of Latin Beat Magazine, Yoboso’s recording, "It’s a Shame" was in the Top 10 Hit Parade.  They toured throughout the United States, Mexico and Australia

Ricky is very excited to be a part of the wonderful jazz quartet "NEW IMPRESSIONS," which he helped establish and bring to life.  Curt Warren (Guitar), Eric Unsworth (Bass) and the late, great Vince Genova on (Piano), along with Ricky on drums, have produced and recorded a CD titled, “New Impressions.”  The musicianship in this group is special, exciting and is keeping the American art form of Jazz alive.

Malichi’s accomplishments are wide, varied and are truly a tribute to the performing arts and educational systems.  He takes his talents and expertise into public schools and universities as a clinician and as an adjudicator.  His dedication to teaching has been acknowledged by many, always finding time for his private students and the Annual Ricky Malichi Student Recitals.  Jazz El Paso Connection and the Museum and Cultural Affairs Department of the City of El Paso are very excited to have Ricky on staff with their year-round jazz program.  The El Paso Youth Jazz Ensemble is an eighteen piece jazz band represented by young and talented High School students from various school districts.  Malichi is also the Musical Director of the Jazz El Paso Connection ( The purpose of the organizations is to promote, sponsor and showcase live jazz throughout the greater El Paso region in addition to contributing to the musical education and enrichment of our areas youth.

Ricky has been named to the Spaun Drum Co. artist roster ( and plays Spaun Drums Exclusively.  Bryan Spaun and his staff make wonderful handcrafted drums, which you can hear during Ricky’s clinics or performances.