Rico attended Denver School of the Arts. In High School he was a part of the Telluride Jazz Festival all Star ensemble for five consecutive years. He took part in the 2015 Grammy Band Jazz session workshop in L.A. In 2016 he was chosen take part in the prestigious Jazz Band of America. He has Collaborated with notable artists such as Ari Hoenig, Lage Lund, Dave Kikoski, Colin Stranahan, Alex Claffy, Rich Perry, Adam Larson, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Brad Goode, Greg Gisbert and Gabriel Mervine.
Rico has performed with artists such as Candido, Joe Lovano, Greg Osby, Johnathan Kreisberg, Matt Chohesy, Benny Benack III, Bobby Sanabria, Javon Jackson, Donald Harrison, Howard Levy, Jeff Coffin, Ernie Watts, Hubert Laws, Gabriel Mervine, Terrell Stafford and, Earl Klugh.
Rico Jones lives in New York City where he pursues a professional career in music. Rico has also recently released his first album The Search: Live at Dazzle under the Synergy Music record label through the pathways to jazz grant.
In 2019 Rico won the Vandoren Emerging artist competition and premiered a new big band composition written for him by Todd Bashore with Jazz Band of America. Rico also received an honorable mention in the 2019 Yamaha emerging artist competition.