Ryan Marquez is a keyboardist, songwriter/arranger, and vocalist baptized in soul, indoctrinated by jazz and raised in hip-hop culture. His performances launch audiences on a synthesized ride through luscious harmony and righteous melody. Think Steely Dan steeped with Stevie Wonder cooled down by Robert Glasper. His songwriting serves uplifting messages of love and peace attuned to danceable grooves with catchy anthem styled 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 first solo project is set for release in the Fall of 2020.
Ryan’s recording and performance credits include Grammy winning and nominated artists such as Chance The Rapper, Terence Blanchard, Michael McDonald and producer Carl Nappa. His original music has been featured on ESPN and FOX networks. His arrangements of popular classics such as “Dreams” ft. Lola Kristine (Fleetwood Mac), “Big Yellow Taxi” (Joni Mitchell) and “Black Hole Sun” ft. The People’s Key (Sound Garden) update a new generation of music lovers into an age old jazz conversation.
In 2019 Ryan collaborated with KC trombonist/arranger Marcus Lewis to bring to life “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” arranged for a full big band ft. Lamar Harris’ Georgia Mae and Anita Jackson. In stride, he also released “Moment of Truth”, a solo piano record, “Cosmic Perspective” with his jazz trio, and numerous singles with his group The Belief Cycle. Whether its danceable house grooves with Pop duo “The Belief Cycle” or softer emotional vibes in his trio’s collaborations with Lola Kristine, each note and orchestrated hit exudes “passion” flavored ear candy.
He currently resides in St. Louis, Mo, where he holds Artist in Residence with The Kranzberg Arts Foundation. He has been awarded 2 Artist support grants via The Regional Arts Commission since 2018 and two of his projects, Fresh Heir & The People’s Key were inducted to the Missouri Arts Council Artist Roster in 2019.
Off the stage Ryan works regularly in the STL community with a number of organizations centered on arts, including Jazz St. Louis, where he performs and presents the ingredients of jazz to elementary school children.