Ryan McGillicuddy



Since moving to Los Angeles in 2003, Ryan McGillicuddy has forged a place for himself as a bassist/composer in the creative music scene. His vibrant organic approach has earned him work with many of the area’s finest musicians.

Growing up in Houlton, Maine, with a musical family, Ryan developed a love for music at an early age. Although he was largely self-taught on bass, Ryan began attending summer jazz workshops at age 13. It was here that he became familiar with the jazz tradition, receiving instruction from such notable musicians as George Garzone, Ben Street, and Chuck Findley. After graduating high school, Ryan furthered his studies at the University of North Texas, receiving his Masters in 2003. It was at North Texas that Ryan began playing the upright bass, which quickly became his instrument of choice. At North Texas he studied under noted bassists Fred Hamilton, John Adams, and Lynn Seaton. During his studies at North Texas he was able to accompany such jazz legends as Benny Green, Pete Christlieb, Matt Wilson, Bill Charlap, Ed Soph, Dan Hearle, Stephan Karlsson and many more. He continued his studies in Los Angeles with the legendary bassist John Clayton.

Recently, Ryan has shared the stage as a sideman with Kate McGarry, Greg Osby, Anthony Wilson, Larry Koonse, the Duke Ellington Orchestra and is a regular member of the Shelley Carroll Quartet. 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 the LA based trio ‘3 - ish’, among many other groups.
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