One of the youngest of the so-called Young Lions, Ryan Kisor first gained attention when he won the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz's first trumpet competition in 1990 at age 17. He had earlier studied trumpet with his father, played with a local band when he was ten, and started studying classical music two years later. Kisor discovered jazz at 14 and developed quickly, playing both jazz and classical music locally. In the summer of 1988, he was inspired at a jazz camp by Clark Terry. After winning the Monk contest, he was signed by Columbia, coming out with a couple of interesting if slightly premature CDs as a leader. Since that time, Ryan Kisor (whose originality has developed gradually) has freelanced around New York, most notably with the Mingus Big Band and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi

April 11, 2020
Ryan Kisor Quartet live at Vangarde
Ryan Kisor - I'll Close My Eyes Trumpet Solo
Manhattan Jazz Orchestra - STARDUST
Ryan Kisor Quartet at The Jewell in Omaha
Jace CFHS Jazz One Featuring Ryan Kisor
Walkin' (A Jazz at Home recording) - Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
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