James Ryan

Originating from Darwin, Australia, James Ryan has performed extensively throughout Australia and Europe, basing himself in London for four years. Following a Masters of Music majoring in Jazz he taught performance, improvisation and composition at the Canberra School of Music (A.N.U.), The Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Griffith University) and the Queensland University of Technology. James Ryan’s fascination with improvisation and original jazz composition is reflected in his recordings and performances. The James Ryan Quartet released its self titled debut in 1997 and the James Ryan Trio released ‘Long Way Home’ on Jazzgroove Records in 2007.


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‘Long Way Home’ CD Reviews

ORIGINALLY from Darwin, James Ryan moved to Sydney in 2003 after four years performing in Europe, and his first album is an informal live recording. Astonishingly, it is also the first time James Hauptmann (drums), Brendan Clarke (bass) and Ryan have played together. What leaps out is the near virtuosity of the leader, as a player of three instruments (tenor sax, flute and saxello, a more mellow soprano sax) and as a composer. Ryan’s energetic, hyper-fast tenor rockets through one of the originals, Hey Which Way, in a style that is far more than speedy finger-following

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Master of Music, Australian National University 1995


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