Ryan McGillicuddy


After forging a place for himself as a bassist/composer of choice in Los Angeles' creative music scene, then teaching jazz abroad in South Korea as invited professor at a top university,  Ryan McGillicuddy continues his musical journey in the Kentucky foothills of the Appalachian mountains as faculty at Morehead State University . His vibrant organic approach has earned him work with many of the world’s finest musicians. Recently, Ryan has shared the stage as a sideman with Greg Osby, Peter Erskine, Anthony Wilson, Russel Ferrante, Joe Labarbera, Bob Shepard, Bill Cunliffe, Larry Goldings, Bob Mintzer, Larry Koonse, Freda Payne, Antonia Bennett, the Tamir Hendelman trio, the Bill Cunliffe trio,  the Bill Holman band, and the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

He has toured extensively in the United States as well as in Japan, Korea, Europe, and the Middle-east. Ryan currently performs and composes with his own original trio featuring Peter Erskine and Vardan Ovsepian, the LA based trio 3 -ish, the Vardan Ovsepian trio, the Korean-based Jangeun Bae trio,  and the original project Sigmund Fudge among many other groups, and is a core member of the arts/composers group The Los Angeles JazzCollective.

Basses loaded/Tribute to Charlie Haden

This friday is the rare opportunity for the jazz fan-- a double-bass, double-bill, featuring the music of the legendary bassist Charlie Haden.  I'll be leading a quartet featuring the music of Haden's LA based 'Quartet West', and my colleague and friend Eun-chang Choi will be playing the first set honoring Haden's work in a duo setting.  Its truly a pleasure to be sharing the evening with Eun-chang, whom I went to school with in Texas.  Its been an amazing thing to see Eun-chang  grow into a truly outstanding musician.

As for the man-- Charlie Haden.  What simple beauty and joy he brings to everything he's played on.  So much honesty and truth in his bass playing.  Over the last month, pouring over his work with Quartet West, I've gotten watery-eyed.  Beautiful stuff.  Humility, clarity, and beauty-- all from the bass, all from Charlie.

Friday, April 10th, 8pm@Formtec Workshall-- Hapjeong


Spring Loaded

Spring is finally popping through the dregs of winter-- in like a lion and out like a lamb for the month.  A big thank you for all who made the Boots and Boots CD release a huge success-- Joon Lee, Vardan, Peter, Darek, Sigmund Fudge, all my LA peeps, and of course my fam.  If you haven't already bought it click the link on this website and support creative artists (like myself!). 

A quick rundown of some upcoming happenings--

March 28th I'll be at Tonyeong Art Center playing with full orchestra with Korean Pop artist extrordinaire,  Yoon Jongshin.  This guy has some unbelievable pipes!   We'll be playing Yoon Jongshin's compositions exquisitely arranged and orchestrated by maestro Cho Yoonseung (or, Cho, as we all know him by in LA).  --- as of now I believe tickets are sold out, but it doesn't hurt to try!

April 10th I'll be leading a tribute to Charlie Haden at Formtec Works Hall.  This is with a group of some of my favorite musicians-- Steve Pruitt, Kenji Omae, and Jiyoung Lee.  We'll be revisiting some of Haden's quartet west repertoire.  What a joy it is to be playing this music-- Charlie had a big, gentle sound, full of heart---