Creating inspiring original compositions and hip arrangements of jazz standards/pop covers in a piano trio setting that works well in concert and club type settings. The band brings positive energy and harmonious sounds perfect for all environments jazz/easy listening music is welcomed. Together, the trio utilizes their individual skill sets to effectively create an aesthetic that is reminiscent of classic jazz trios of yesteryear while infusing their own artistic ideas and shedding new sounds into a vintage concept.
Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, music has always been Ryan’s passion. Initiating his musical career at age 5 on piano, he has been performing, writing, recording, producing, and inspiring others through his music ever since. With 25 years of experience, Ryan has sung and performed piano/keyboards, organ, & bass on stages all over the world in numerous styles/settings. (USA, UK, Germany, France, Holland, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Austria and more)
Baptized in Soul/Gospel, indoctrinated by Jazz and raised by Hip Hop/American Culture, his playing reflects the modern paradigm of artists focused on shifting music’s energy to a fluid melting pot of familiar albeit uniquely, conscious sounds.
The current trio configuration was cultivated in the winter of 2016 upon meeting producer/drummer extraordinaire Stevie Davis through doing side work together with jazz singer Joe Mancuso. Davis has performed with some of jazz’s heaviest hitters including David Liebman, Bill Evans, Richie Beirach, John Pattitucci, and Benny Golson. He has over 165 recordings to his credit, including 8 of his own. Steve served on the faculty of Jamey Aebersold Jazz Clinics from 1982-2008. Bassist Ben Wheeler rounds out the trio with his rich sound and melodic note selection. Together the group performs a mixture of originals, classic jazz standards arranged to their liking and familiar pop/covers reimagined in their own soulful voice.
Currently, Ryan and the guys are in production on a full-length studio release entitled “Moving Forward in Time” due out in 2018.
In addition to leading his own trio, Ryan currently leads and performs regularly with two bands, Fresh Heir (Pop/Soul/Funk) and The People’s Key (Jazz/Funk) in addition to performing regularly in the St. Louis community with many like-minded artists ranging a variety of styles. Ryan has international tour experience through England, France, Germany, Holland, Austria, Hungary, Kosovo and more as well as countless hours circuiting the Mid-West and West Coast.