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Jesse Ryan set to share soulful sounds
Trinidad-born saxophonist and composer Jesse Ryan will be returning to Jazz Artists on the Greens this year.
In 2011, Ryan captivated the audience with his performance at the event as part of the Holistic Music School’s Big Band. This year, Ryan joins the ranks of the headliners on the Greens at Farm Road as leader of his own group—The Jesse Ryan 6-tet.
Ryan first emerged on the local music scene in 2006, when he copped the JT Johnson Trophy for woodwind solos at the Trinidad and Tobago Music Festival. Since then, he has steadily earned his place as one of Trinidad’s bright, young stars.
He has performed at major shows across the island and throughout the Caribbean—representing Trinidad at the 2006 Carifesta hosted by Trinidad and Tobago; the Virgin Gorda Jazz Festival (British Virgin Islands); and most recently in Tobago at the Mt Irvine Jazz on the Beach and at the Pigeon Point Tobago Jazz Experience.
Ryan’s journey as a musician began as a single-second pan player in his church’s conventional steelband, where he cut his teeth on folk renditions of church choruses and gospel standards. He began playing the saxophone at Trinity College, Moka, and played his first gig with the school’s band. It was there that he was first exposed to jazz by his then music teacher, Michelle Huggins Watts, who he said took him under her more than willing wings.
Since then Ryan has spread his own wings, emerging onto the jazz scene and performing with many local jazz groups.
He now leads his own group—The Jesse Ryan 6-tet—performing his own compositions and he is a first-call saxophonist on the local jazz and gospel scene. Ryan is also a member of the Dayo Bajide Jazz Project, a new jazz quartet on the local jazz scene.
Ryan has been awarded a partial scholarship to Berklee College of Music, Boston, where he is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s in Jazz Composition and Performance, a release from the Jazz Artists on the Greens organisers said.
His soulful sound continues to touch audiences all over as he reflects on his source, God, the Great Musician.
Ryan says: “I consider myself to be bilingual; music is my second language and is the universal language of the soul. Nothing else moves people like music does…”
The 11th edition of Jazz Artists on the Greens will be held on March 16, on The Greens at Farm Road, St Joseph, and features—The Jesse Ryan 6-tet; The Xavier Strings; Andy Narell; and the Alexis Baro Latin-Jazz Quintet. Gates open at 4 pm. Showtime is 5 pm. For ticketing and other information, call (868) 620-6920 and (868)-320-7028, or visit Jazz Artists on the Greens at http://www.jaotg.org or on Facebook.com at http://www.facebook.com/JazzArtistsOnTheGreens.