Latin Jazz & More

Ryan is a pianist, producer and composer based out of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He composed, arranged, produced and played piano and keyboards for his debut solo album Cuban Safari. Ryan is also the co-bandleader, composer, and keyboardist for instrumental ensembles Deerfoot and Secretmen.

 Ryan was exposed to music at an early age listening to his Father and Uncle play and sing at the piano. He started piano at the age of four under Nancy Redekopp.

After two years at the University of Calgary he traveled through Europe for several months and then transferred to the Jazz Studies Program at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton. After graduating and working as a professional musician for a year he went back to school and completed his Bachelor of Music in classical piano performance at the University of Alberta under Janet Scott-Hoyt.

Ryan also traveled to New Orleans to study with jazz legend Ellis Marsalis while working as a freelance musician and piano instructor in both Edmonton and Toronto.

Ryan became interested in Latin music while filling in for pianist Chris Andrew in latin group Bomba featuring Israel ‘Toto’ Berriel of Los Munequitos de Matanzas.   

He has performed with the Don Berner Big Band, Daymar Calvario (Pupy y Lo Que Son Son),  Carlitos Irarragorri (Celia Cruz), Sandro Dominelli, Fred “Mickey” Finn, John Cameron, Maracujah and The Four Aces.

Ryan composed, produced and played keyboards for the instrumental fusion group Deerfoot, producing their debut album while living in Toronto. He also co-arranged, co-wrote, produced and engineered instrumental album with fusion band Secretmen after returning to Edmonton.


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