Workshop

THURSDAY, JUNE 23 2:00 PM

Esplanade Studio Theatre

$5 at the door

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 24 10:30 PM

Esplanade Lobby (club setting)

$18 plus Esplanade S/C

Tickets available at the Esplanade and Tixx Central

 

We set out to celebrate our 20th anniversary by bringing back some favourite performers from our history. Here's one that unquestionably fits the bill.

 

Ryan Cohan first appeared at JazzFest in 2004. He became so popular at JazzFest that his shows were selling out well in advance for his subsequent appearances.

 

And we have watched Ryan go on to great things since those first appearances. He has become a Motéma recording artist and Guggenheim Fellow and has distinguished himself as a vital original voice to be heard amongst the elite young pianist/composers on the global music scene today. Leading his own groups and as a sideman, Ryan has performed at premier venues worldwide and has worked with such jazz luminaries and stellar ensembles as Freddie Hubbard, Curtis Fuller, Joe Locke, Paquito D'Rivera, Victor Lewis, Jeff Hamilton, The Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Kurt Elling, Jon Faddis, Pat LaBarbera, Regina Carter and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's MusicNOW Ensemble among many others. Ryan has written extensively for and toured with NEA Jazz Master Ramsey Lewis, contributing more than a dozen pieces to several of Mr. Lewis's albums and the theme music to Lewis's nationally syndicated television show The Legends Of Jazz.

 

The Ryan Cohan Quartet was twice selected for Jazz at Lincoln Center's highly competitive Rhythm Road program, which was cosponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Consequently, his group embarked on multiple extended tours in Africa, Europe and The Middle East as cultural ambassadors. Ryan has produced four critically acclaimed albums of all original compositions: Real World, Here and Now, One Sky, which was hailed as one of the best recordings of the year by the Chicago Tribune, and Another Look. The River, Ryan's fifth CD featuring a concert length suite inspired by his travels in Africa was performed at Millennium Park in Chicago to a crowd of over 8,000 and was released in 2013 by Motéma Music.

 

As an educator, Ryan has been on the faculty of The Skidmore Jazz Institute in New York, The Bloom School of Jazz, The University of Illinois at Chicago and continues to work as an artist clinician at universities and high schools throughout the U.S and abroad.

 

Ryan has long been a favourite of the Medicine Hat JazzFest, and we are thrilled to be presenting him once again as part of our 20th anniversary celebration.