Jason Ricci: The Making of a Music Video

Early life
Raised in Portland, Maine, Jason Ricci is the son of Joseph Ricci (co-founder of Elan School) and his first wife Cheryl Benton.His parents divorced in 1979.Ricci started performing in punk bands at the age of 14.Initially a vocalist, Ricci decided to pursue an instrument as well and the band chose harmonica for him. Being a blues fan, Ricci's mother encouraged his development as a harmonica player.Ricci names Howard Levy and his overblowing technique as having influenced his early harmonica playing as well as his decision not to switch to the saxophone. He further developed his playing style listening to and emulating Little Walter, Paul Butterfield, Pat Ramsey, and Adam Gussow.Jason has also directly referenced Pat Ramsey as a major influence in his developing a fast pentatonic approach to his playing, stating he prefers to be deliberate in his note choice in favor of speed for "speed's sake".

Musical career
In 1995, Ricci moved from Portland to Memphis, TN, where shortly thereafter he placed first in the Sonny Boy Blues Society contest at 21 years of age. Later that same year Ricci recorded his first album, Jason Ricci.

In Memphis, Ricci began playing with David Malone Kimbrough, son of Junior Kimbrough, and soon was a part of the bands of both Kimbroughs and was sitting in with R. L. Burnside.This also marked a dark period for Ricci, as drug addiction led to a one-year stint in jail.

Ricci singing
In 1999, Ricci won the Mars National Harmonica Contest, and began playing with Keith Brown, later recording with him as well. In 2000, he received a two-page write up in Blues Access magazine by Adam Gussow (harmonica player for Satan and Adam) saying:

I am convinced he along with New Jersey's Dennis Gruenling is one of the best harmonica players of his generation.

Gussow has also included Jason Ricci in the Top 10 All Time Harmonica Players list on his Modern Blues Harmonica website.

After 15 months with Big Al and the Heavyweights, and a brief period of living in Raleigh, North Carolina, Ricci started his own band, Jason Ricci & New Blood, in 2002. This band features Shawn Starski, who, in June 2008, was named by Guitar Player magazine as one of the "Top Ten Hottest New Guitarists." In 2005, Ricci was honored with the Muddy Waters Most Promising New Blues Artist award.

In 2007, Ricci and New Blood were signed to Eclecto Groove, a new subdivision of Delta Groove Productions.His first album with the label, titled Rocket Number Nine, was released October 23, 2007. Later in 2009 the band recorded Done With The Devil for the same Label. Done With The Devil signaled a new direction in Ricci's musical inspiration, as his study of the occult strongly influenced the writing on the album. The band as a whole has been nominated for Blues Band of the Year three times by Blues Wax magazine. Ricci won the Blues Critic Award for Harmonica Player of the Year (2008) and was nominated for a Blues Music Award for Harmonica Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010.By January 2011, Ricci had relocated to New Orleans, and assembled a new band, Approved By Snakes, with guitarist John Lisi. Ricci received "Best Harmonica Player" at the May 6, 2010 Blues Music Awards.

Ricci played harmonica on the song "My Babe" from his 2014 album Step Back.The album won the Grammy Award for Best Blues Album in February 2015.

In February 2015, Ricci began a national tour with a new band named Jason Ricci and the Bad Kind.

In April 2015, Ricci played harmonica on the song "Born in Chicago" with Zac Brown and Tom Morello at the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony for The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. In August 2017, Ricci was awarded the "Bernie Bray Harmonica Player of the Year Award" by The Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica at the SPAH annual conference in Tulsa, OK. In 2018, Ricci received Blues Music Award nominations both for best harmonica instrumentalist and best rock blues artist, of which he was awarded best harmonica instrumentalist.

Side projects
Ricci participates in Harmonica Collective, an annual conference for harmonica players wishing to improve their skills and collaborate with other musicians. He also posts free video harmonica lessons to his web site and teaches live lessons via Skype.

Personal life
Ricci has been openly "Queer" Gay/Bisexual most his career and has been outspoken about this subject in many interviews. This has been a professional obstacle as well as an opportunity for Ricci to challenge both gay stereotypes and traditional blues expectations:

The [gay] community doesn't like drum sets and guitars and actual live music. They're used to lip-synching, and dudes in dresses, and Madonna, and Cher, and techno beats. Those are the things that kept me from coming out earlier. I felt like I had nothing in common with the gay community, and I still don't feel like I have a lot in common with the community. I'm hoping that changes, but the majority of their icons are press-friendly little Mickey Mouse-doll figureheads that you're more likely to see on a show redecorating somebody's house than onstage at a blues festival...When I came out of the closet as a gay white male from an upper-middle-class suburban home, I came out as not just gay, but as a white guy, and as a guy who likes punk, and as a guy who didn't come from total poverty, and all those things that we associate with being 'blues' things. And when I did that, I wanted to sing about that. I wanted to write songs about what my life was like, and I wanted to use terminology that was modern.

Ricci's openness with being gay has occasionally been a difficult issue in the traditionally conservative blues world, as he's been "disinvited" from a number of venues and events.

1995: Jason Ricci
1997: Down At The Juke
2001: Feel Good Funk
2004: Live At Checkers Tavern
2005: Her Satanic Majesty Requests Harmonica Music (compilation)
2006: Blood on the Road
2007: Rocket Number 9
2009: Done with the Devil
2010: Down That Road... (compilation)
2015: Dirty Memory (with JJ Appleton)
2017: "Approved By Snakes" (Jason Ricci & The Bad Kind)
Ricci has also appeared as a guest harmonica player with Johnny Winter, Nick Curran, Ana Popovic, Walter Trout, Cedric Burnside, The Mannish Boys and Joe Louis Walker among others.

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    Shanghai Palace, Love Is All Around Us
  • heidi jacobsen, cliff guest, ronnie owens
  • Jason Ricci
    Key Cast
    Grammy Johnny Winters
  • George Trullinger
    Key Cast
    "Ed Sullivan"
    Fab 4
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    31 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 19, 2019
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Director Biography - heidi jacobsen, cliff guest


Heidi Jacobsen /Cliff Guest
Atlanta, Georgia

Cliff Guest/Filmmaker
Cell:(561) 901-4352

EXPERIENCE2002 - Present

Knee Deep Films 2016 - Film Director/Producer.

2000 - 2016 Full Blown Creative GroupFilm Director/DP/Editor.
Numerous TV Commercials/Short Films

1990-2000 Planet Films ,U.S.A.,Aspen ColoradoFilm Director/DP/Editor
Award winning in-house commercial director/cameraman for Planet Films.
Awards include several Addy's. Major clients include Proctor & Gamble
(Poppums/Pringles) ABC Sports (Rollerblade) The Florida Lottery,
Powerade, the Florida Marlins Campaign and The United Way.1989
Feature Film DirectorDirector/Producer/DP of the feature films, “The
Disturbance” and “Runnin’ With The Devil”.“The Disturbance” was sold
to Double Helix for foreign distribution and Vid America for domestic

1988-1990 Geffen Records/Warner Brothers Los Angeles,
CA./New York, NYIn-house video director for Geffen Records. In charge
of overseeing the development, producing and directing of music videos
for Geffen artists such as Cher, Gun’s & Roses, Peter Gabriel, Tim
Scott, Wang Chung, Little America, Aerosmith and more.

October 1986
MTV/Madonna, New York, NY.Winner of MTV’s music video contest for pop superstar Madonna. Cliff produced, directed, DPed and edited the
winning entry for the song “True Blue”. Thevideo was aired in heavy
rotation on MTV and reached number one.

International University

SKILLS Final Cut Pro, Photoshop, Digital Performer

Baby Vulture Films - Heidi Jacobsen
205 Abigaile Court
McDonough, GA 30252
(561) 414-7008

Created and wrote short films: Tee Talk Series, Strike Spy, Being Ed, Into The Wilderness, Granny Slots, Waters Bridge, Jason Ricci – The Making of A Music Video, Love Is All Around Us, Utopia, Louisianna, The Monkey and The Orange Tree.

Amazon Storyteller contest, Asian American International Film Festival and American Zoetroupe with original Screenplay “Shanghai Palace.” Wrote and self published a series of four Womens novels High, Sunburnt, Golf Widow, Noir and Patent Pending. Fiction for children, Patty the Black Cat Series, Sir Duke Pigeon Series and Simon The Silly Snail,

Assistant To Director
Assistant to film director Cliff Guest. Producer, Co-writer on projects.
2018 Producer for Blues Harmonica Artist Jason Ricci Music Video, “I’m Too Strong”, Ellersoul Records. Casting and production.

Blues Singer, “Heidi and The El Cats”
Performed in three international blues festivals/corporate events/private parties/clubs. Recorded three albums.

Content Developer/Childrens Animation
Created content for “Patty The Black Cat”
Books/Ebooks/Videos/Music/Products. Available on Kobo.com/Lulu.com/Barnes and Nobles.com/Youtube.com/Zazzle,com

Word, Final Draft. KCDW Software, I Phone Film and Edit.

Education: BFA Environmental Design, Parsons School of Design, New York. Goals: Write, Create, Perform.

Film Festivals: Works by Heidi Jacobsen

“I Miss You Dad” Short Film
6th Annual I Phone Film Festival
Beverly Hills, California
November 11, 2016

“Mum Came to Visit” Short film
6th Annual I Phone Film Festival
Beverly Hills, California
November 11, 2016

“Shopaholic Webisode # 1”
Hollywood Screening Film Festival
Hollywood, California
Semi – Finalist March 11th & 12th, 2017

“Patty The Black Cat Goes to Key West”
Festival de Cortometrajes “Jose Fransisco Rosado”
Castile-La Mancha, Spain
Best Animated Short film

“Shanghai Palace” Best Screenplay – Finalist
Los Angeles Cinefest- January 14 Promenade Playhouse
Santa Monica, California

Semi-Finalist-Miami Epic Trailer Festival
“Gigging with The Blues Crusaders”, “Shopaholic Webisode # 3”, “Tales from the Blue Zone”.
Miami, Florida August 24, 2017

Selected Animation- “Patty The Black Cat Has a Lunch Date”
Geo Film Festival & Expo Cinema
Cittadella, Padova, Italy - November 9, 2017

Selected “Comedy Television Episode”
Atlanta Comedy Film Festival
Atlanta, Georgia December 11, 2017

Semi-Finalist “The Monkey and The Orange Tree” Play
Los Angeles Cinefest
Los Angeles, California January 14, 2018

“Utopia” Selected as Best Singer/Voice
European Cinematography Awards
Warsaw, Poland January 19, 2018

Selected “Gigging With The Blues Crusaders”
“Rock’ N ’Roll Film Festival
Kenya, Naiobi January 28th 2018
Selected “Blues Conspiracy”
Cefalu Film Festival
Sicily, Italy May 1, 2018

Selected “Heidi and The El Cats One Minute Movie”
60 Second International Film Festival
Islamabad, March 16th, 2018

Selected “Patty The Black Cat Goes to Key West” Animated
Al-Nahj International Film Festival
Karbala, Iraq, April 1, 2018

Semi Finalist “Louisianna” Best Song
Los Angeles Cinefest
Los Angeles, California
April 25. 2018

Selected, “Sunburnt”
Script Shop
Cincinnatti, OH
January 31, 2019

Semi- Finalist “Love Is All Around Us”
HCF Screenplay Competition
Los Angeles, California
March 29, 2019

Selected “Jason Ricci - The Making of A Music Video”
LGBTQ Shorts Film Festival
June 11, 2019

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