New York City native Gregory Ryan has established himself as an in-demand sideman on both acoustic and electric bass. His big supportive sound, swinging style, and complete understanding of harmony and his role on the bandstand combine to create his ability to make even the most complex modern composition swing in the tradition of the great bass players. At home in a variety of musical worlds -- accomplished in Brazilian, Cuban, funk, and mainstream jazz styles -- he performs in festivals and concerts worldwide. Mr. Ryan has appeared with pianists James Williams, Mulgrew Miller, Harold Mabern, and Benny Green; guitarists Jim Hall and Pat Martino; vocalists Karrin Allyson and Dena DeRose; and numerous jazz luminaries including Eric Alexander, Regina Carter, Billy Harper, Tom Harrell, and Albert “Tootie” Heath, among many others. His Latin Jazz resumé includes performances with the Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Arturo O’Farrill, Papo Vazquez’ Pirates Troubadours, Yosvany Terry and Brazilian Jazz artists Helio Alves and Maucha Adnet.
As an educator, Mr. Ryan’s teaching philosophy is centered in encouraging and guiding students toward their own musical self-exploration. His desire to be a professional musician was realized while attending Stanford University, where he graduated with distinction in 1992, with a degree in English. Influenced and inspired by those he studied with, including Stephen Tramontozzi (San Francisco Symphony) and jazz pianist Bill Bell, Mr. Ryan returned to New York City where he earned his Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music in 1995, studying with Timothy Cobb (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra) and Harvie S, and electric bassist Jeff Andrews.
Gregory Ryan uses AMT acoustic bass microphones.