Update 2/17/2014: Ryan now has a fine new site at: http://ryanshultzbasstrumpet.com

it's a bass trumpet...Ryan Shultz (b. 1963) performs on the bass trumpet, an instrument pitched in the range of the slide or valve trombone. He has performed with a wide variety of internationally acclaimed jazz stars including saxophonists Anthony Braxton, Ari Brown, Don Menza, Dave Liebman and Nick Brignola, trumpeters Randy Brecker, Johnny Coles, Paul Smoker, John McNeil and Bobby Shew, percussionists Killer Ray Appleton, Manolo Badrena, Steve Barrios, Robby Ameen and Steve Houghton, french hornist Tom Varner, and multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan.

Shultz has performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival in 1989-90-93-95; In 1995 he appeared with the Damon Short Sextet at the "What Is Jazz" festival at New York's Knitting Factory, and has performed at other New York clubs including the Bottom Line, S.O.B's, Augie's, the West End Cafe and Visiones, and the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. In 1997 Shultz was a featured performer at the International Association of Jazz Educators' annual convention, and was a member of finalist bands in the Cognac Hennessy Jazz Search in 1993 and 1995.

Shultz has received two artistic grants from the City of Chicago for original compositions, including a four movement suite for bass trumpet, cello, bass and percussion, and works for solo bass trumpet, bass trumpet quintet and octet, duo with percussion and trio with bass and percussion.

He is a leader of his own quartet and trio projects, and member of many Chicago-based groups including the Kelly Brand Quintet, Bob Dogan Quintet, Damon Short Quintet/Sextet, Chicago Jazz Coalition, Rudresh Mahanthappa Quintet, Brackets, and Ted Sirota's Rebel Souls. In 1994 and 1995 he was a member of Urban Gateways, an organization that brings the arts to the Chicago public school system.

"Lines of sustained lyric beauty, brawny embellishments, aggressive rhythms and brilliant technique attest to Shultz' expressive range....one of the most versatile players
on the scene."
Howard Reich,Chicago Tribune

"He solos with effortless lyricism." - Peter Gordon, Chicago Tribune

"Inducing off-beat harmonies, Shultz bridges traditional and modern.His lyricism and darkly beautiful tone make him one of Chicago's most in demand players."
- Lloyd Sachs, Chicago Sun-Times

"Shultz plays with the kind of creative fire that can stun a chatty audience into silence. His fiery solos are conceived with an intelligence and imagination that make him very much a young man to watch." - Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press


Short-Scea Quartet:Removable Media, Southport SSD-0060

Short-Scea Duo:Balance of Power, Southport SSD-0068 (2 tracks)

Damon Short: All of the Above, Southport SSD-0028 ; Go Figure, NineWinds NWCD0231

Rudresh Mahanthappa: Yatra, AEMMP AE-125-409

Jeff Stitely: Ennead, Premonition PREM-738-2; All Things Equal, Lake Shore Jazz LSJCD-010-2; Chameleon Eyes, Lake Shore Jazz LSJCD-003

Kelly Brand: A Dream in a Stone, Koch Jazz KOC-781-2

Marcin Januszkiewicz: Old Dream, Nuto Records

Michael Mason: Visionary, Southport SSD-0033; Deluge, Southport SSD-0018

Ron Surace: The New Cool, Southport SSD-0037

Ryan Shultz

4134 N. Keystone #2s

Chicago IL 60641


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