Jesse Ryan

Trinidadian-born saxophonist and composer Jesse Ryan has been praised as a fresh new voice, with a unique perspective on the music of today. His "Bridges" project is an emerging, eclectic quintet that bridges both the jazz and Afro-Caribbean traditions - a true celebration of the cultural, rhythmic and expressive connections between North America and the islands.

Jesse was the 2020 recipient of the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Emerging Jazz Artist Award - an award that puts a spotlight on emerging jazz musicians with a keen sense of the grand tradition behind jazz music, while putting their own stamp on the genre and the Toronto music scene with their unique style and approach.

As an arranger/producer he has worked with a variety of jazz, gospel and world music artists. With ambitious compositions and his enchanting sound, he is set to take Caribbean Jazz out of its niche of ethnic fusion, and into the mainstream.

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