Barron Ryan’s love for music has always been divided. The son of two musicians, he grew up in a house filled with the sounds of artists ranging from Chopin to James Brown. So when it comes to his own performing, he’s not content drawing on just one influence. He combines them all into a musical adventure that’s vintage yet fresh, historical yet hip, classic yet cool.

After beginning piano lessons at age four with his father, Barron seemed destined for a career in music. He excelled in performing throughout his middle and high school years in Tulsa, OK, then continued to impress his peers and instructors as a piano performance major at The University of Oklahoma.

Everything did not come up roses, however, as Barron was then rejected from all the music conservatories you might be impressed by. Disheartened and a little annoyed, he briefly gave up on the piano in pursuit of a satirical hip-hop career. But due to a favorable result in a piano competition that sent its winner to perform in Israel, that project was graciously short- lived.

Thanks to that Israel concert tour, Barron found his artistic voice. He discovered the joy of jazz- and ragtime-inspired concert music (found on his debut album, Classical with Attitude), and is learning from great jazz pianists by replaying their solos (soon to be found on his next album, The Masters’ Apprentice). What’s next? You’ll have to wait to find out, but rest assured that in all Barron Ryan’s music, Classic Meets Cool.

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JAZZ MUSICIAN BARRON RYAN RELEASES PIANO RENDITION OF MICHAEL JACKSON'S "DON’T STOP 'TIL YOU GET ENOUGH"

09.19.17

Today, contemporary jazz musician Barron Ryan released his solo piano rendition of the Michael Jackson classic “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.” The stirring cover shows off Barron’s exceptional talent and pays tribute to one of the world’s greatest artists.

"Making pop tune covers is both extremely challenging and some of the most fun I have at the piano,” he mentions. “I have to play music everybody has already heard while trying to find subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) ways to surprise them. If someone responds by saying, ‘Wow, I like that as much as the original,' then I've done accomplished my goal.”

Barron just released his newest album, The Masters’ Apprentice, for which he learned, note for note, how his favorite jazz pianists translated popular tunes into their own...

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CONTEMPORARY JAZZ ARTIST BARRON RYAN RELEASES HIS RENDITION OF “TIGER RAG” TO COMMEMORATE 100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

08.16.17

Originally Recorded in 1917 by the Original Dixieland Jass BandNASHVILLE, Tenn. – To commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the original recording of “Tiger Rag”, contemporary jazz pianist Barron Ryan has released his rendition of the jazz standard.

The song was originally recorded by the Original Dixieland Jass Band in 1917. It is one of the most recorded jazz compositions of all time. In 2003, the 1918 ODJB recording of "Tiger Rag" was placed on the U.S. Library of Congress National Recording Registry.

“Tiger Rag” became a standard, with over 136 cover versions by 1942 alone. Famous artists who covered the song included Art Tatum, Benny Goodman, Frank...

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CONCERT JAZZ PIANIST BARRON RYAN RELEASES NEW ALBUM, THE MASTERS’ APPRENTICE

06.30.17

Barron Ryan, one of the most talented up-and-coming concert pianists in the country released his debut album, The Masters' Apprentice today!

Barron Ryan’s love for music has always been divided. The son of two musicians, he grew up in a house filled with the sounds of artists ranging from Chopin to James Brown. So when it comes to his own performing, he’s not content drawing on just one influence. He combines them all into a musical adventure that’s vintage yet fresh, historical yet hip, classic yet cool.

"The Masters' Apprentice is a story of resilience,” states Ryan. “It's the story of persevering through rejection from famous music schools, learning complex jazz piano tunes by ear, and fighting through a potentially career-threatening injury. I want to encourage...

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