Born: January 11, 1972
Musician/Teacher Ryan Burns is best-known for his jazz piano and Fender Rhodes-based keyboard work, having produced five CD’s as a bandleader, and dozens of projects as one of Seattle’s hardest working sidemen. Studied at Berklee School of Music, Burns has always been drawn to the worlds of jazz and rock, and those places where both meet. Employing the analog sounds of the Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Hammond, and Moog, Burns has a signature sound that has made it’s mark in groups such as Harrybu McCage (led by Pearl Jam/Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron), Matt Jorgensen +451, Bebop and Destruction, Thomas Marriott’s Willie Nelson Project, Zero-Goose, and others...
Awardswith Matt Jorgensen +451 (Earshot Jazz Magazine's "Best Acoustic Group" of 2003); with Bebop and Destruction (2004 Seattle Weekly "Best Jazz/Avant-Garde Band")
Keyboardist Ryan Burns has a controlled style on organ, Moog and Fender Rhodes, the latter played with a gorgeous chime-like tone. -Scott Albin, Jazz Times
On Fender Rhodes, Ryan Burns re-minds listeners that the instrument was one of the most successful attempts at an electric, piano-like sound. And, while it can sound retro-hip now, it also can be hip, plain and simple, and that's a far more worthy accomplishment.
...in the wake of all the good that Weather Report and Miles Davis had done for jazz electronification, he generally steers well clear of what are, at this remove, its many cliche's. -Peter Monaghan, Earshot Jazz
...with keyboardist Ryan Burns pulling wah-wah guitar sounds out of the ether, or maybe it's his Fender Rhodes, though I've never heard those sounds from one before. ...there are no limits to the noises made on his keyboards. - Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz
Burns snakes his way through the disc with inventive soloing and distorted synth clusters. His out-of- left-field accompaniment on the second half of “Crazy” is worth the price of admission. - John Barron, All About Jazz
Press: Ryan Burns - Pianist/Composer
Burns has a fantastically fertile brain, prodding the music with unexpected voicings and twisted runs; as with the best pianists, his comping is as intriguing as his solos. -Mark D. Fefer, Seattle Weekly
Burns continues to impress as a composer. It's good to see that Seattle's promising new mainstream talent has much to offer. -Jim Santella, Cadence Magazine
Burns' energetic and bright piano technique is both melodic and bluesy and shows the marked influence of Ahmad Jamal, McCoy Tyner, Thelonious Monk, and Duke Ellington. -Eric Madis, Victory Review
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Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
Piano Bass and Guitar Lessons in Seattle Area. check www.burienschool.com for more info.