Since moving to Los Angeles in 2003, Ryan
McGillicuddy has forged a place for himself as a
bassist/composer in the creative music scene. His
vibrant organic approach has earned him work with
many of the area’s finest musicians.
Growing up in Houlton, Maine, with a musical family,
Ryan developed a love for music at an early age.
Although he was largely self-taught on bass, Ryan
began attending summer jazz workshops at age 13. It
was here that he became familiar with the jazz
tradition, receiving instruction from such notable
musicians as George Garzone, Ben Street, and Chuck
Findley. After graduating high school, Ryan furthered
his studies at the University of North Texas,
receiving his Masters in 2003. It was at North Texas
that Ryan began playing the upright bass, which
quickly became his instrument of choice. At North
Texas he studied under noted bassists Fred Hamilton,
John Adams, and Lynn Seaton. During his studies at
North Texas he was able to accompany such jazz
legends as Benny Green, Pete Christlieb, Matt Wilson,
Bill Charlap, Ed Soph, Dan Hearle, Stephan Karlsson
and many more. He continued his studies in Los
Angeles with the legendary bassist John Clayton.
Recently, Ryan has shared the stage as a sideman with
Kate McGarry, Greg Osby, Anthony Wilson, Larry
Koonse, the Duke Ellington Orchestra and is a regular
member of the Shelley Carroll Quartet. He has toured
extensively in the United States as well as in Japan,
Korea, Europe, and the middle east. Ryan currently
performs and composes with the LA based trio ‘3 -
ish’, among many other groups.