My 2020 release “Postponed Parade” was nominated for a Golden Ear Award “NW Recording of the Year” by Earshot Magazine in 2020, and my group, Ryan Burns, WON “Alternative Jazz Group of the Year.”
Thanks to Earshot Jazz, KNKX, all the musicians and engineers that participated, plus those that gave us a gig in such a weird time: Avennia Winery, Loudswell, Nancy Guppy Art Zone, and Royal Room.
Here is the write-up in the April 2021 issue by Paul Rauch:
Keyboard wizard Ryan Burns has long held a reputation for being a bit of a musical mad scientist. His work early on with Matt Jorgensen +451 featured his work on a variety of electric keyboards, from Rhodes to vintage Moog. With his roots planted firmly in the jazz piano tradition, Burns has taken his considerable chops into a variety of musical worlds. When the pandemic hit, Burns conceived of a way to use technology to make a high quality recording completely remotely, with each participant sequestered in their own home studio.
Featuring an all-star Seattle cast, the ensemble wins this award without the benefit of live performances, existing entirely as a virtual entity. Burns is joined by Seattle stalwarts Skerik, Steve Treseler, Mark Taylor, Matt Jorgensen, Cole Schuster, Brian Monroney, and Thione Diop among others.
With the seven Burns originals released as singles at first, Burns assembled the tunes into an independently released album titled, Postponed Parade. The project is one of the truly remarkable tales to tell of the past year on the Seattle jazz scene. It shines as a triumph of creative intuition under the weight of arduous social circumstances.
“I’m humbled and appreciative,” said Burns. “This inspires me to keep making music with my friends.”
No shows booked at the moment.