"Foo Fighters...311, No Doubt, Smashing Pumpkins...in a jazz format? Believe it! SAINT UNITY features superb arrangements and brilliant jazzified renditions of top 90's grunge rock, as well as sparkling Ryan Marquez originals showcasing the top crop of current St. Louis jazz singers and players. SAINT UNITY is a remarkable journey from a true maestro of today's jazz language" - TheHypeThing
Listen and Watch "Serenity" from the album
Missourian Ryan Marquez’s music is baptized in pop, indoctrinated by jazz and raised in hip-hop culture. His performances launch audiences on a synthesized ride through luscious harmony and captivating melody. “Passionate in everything he does” (WSIE 88.7, STL, MO), he “truly embodies the creative collaboration…essential to moving St. Louis forward full steam ahead.” (Regional Arts Commission, STL, MO)
His songwriting serves uplifting messages of love and peace attuned to danceable grooves with catchy hooks. His projects Fresh Heir (Pop/Soul), The Belief Cycle (pop/dance) and The People’s Key (jazz/funk) have been staples in the Midwest for nearly 2 decades.
His music crosses over multiple genres and styles intentionally to create a diverse musical ecosystem through an array of projects and concepts. The unifying principle that makes all of these sounds cohesive is Unconditional Love and the journey of the human spirit.
Ryan’s recording and performance credits include Grammy recognized artists such as Chance The Rapper, Terence Blanchard, Michael McDonald, Kirk Whalum, Ernie Isley and more. His original music has been featured on ESPN and FOX networks. He also has performed twice for the KC Chiefs halftime show.
The eldest member of his projects, Fresh Heir (pop/soul), serves funky spirited messages with rippin horns, blazing guitar/keys and features groove master Nick Savage on drums/vocals. The band has had the opportunity to open up for jam band legends John Scofield, Medeski Martin and Wood, Dumpstaphunk, The Nth Power and more. For the “Feel Good Music” vibes, tune into The Belief Cycle, his Pop/EDM production team with Drew Mantia. Featuring house styled beats with emotionally driven lyricism, the duo combines the “fun at the club” atmosphere with inspiring messages of love.
For jazz lovers, his organ group, The People’s Key, creates reimagined versions of popular classics from a modern songbook. With four releases to their credit the soul jazz group is the best of the KC jazz and STL soul sound. He also has released 3 albums in the piano trio format, the most recent being “It’s About Jam Time” (2020) featuring music from artists Chicago, Dave Brubeck, Spiral Staircase and more.
In the year of "The Corronassaince", aka 2020, Ryan released 2 full length Pop albums. His first full length release as a vocalist: "I AM RAM" features his original music, projects Fresh Heir, The Belief Cycle, and best gal pals Lola Kristine & Sara Vicemore. (tinyurl.com/2d298y23) "Celebrate", a collaborative release with Drew Mantia/The Belief Cycle is a dance party front to back and features Ryan's keyboards/synths throughout and voice on "Boogie Tonight". (https://tinyurl.com/58a6hcxw)
Currently Ryan is campaigning a new jazz/pop release “Saint Unity'', a record that incorporates the spirit and larger narrative of the current artistic renaissance and cultural climate present in St. Louis. Produced by the legendary Carl Nappa (Hit Factory) and Lenny Mink for Lotown Records, the album features 20 vocalists and musicians powering Ryan’s originals and jazz interpretations of hits from the world of rock - including songs from Smashing Pumpkins, 311, The Beatles and more.
Mr. Marquez sits squarely in the center of the upswing of creative energy in St. Louis, and brings together an all-star team of musicians in the name of “Saint Unity”.
Learn more at LotownRecords.com/pages/saint-unity