Ryan Nielsen

"Breathtaking . . . tremendous instrumental skill . . . outstanding creativity." Jazz Icon John McNeil

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"Gift of Breath" named 2017 recommended new release by new york city jazz record

The duo album, "Gift of Breath" by Ryan Nielsen and Ra Kalam Bob Moses, was named a recommended new release in the March 2017 issue of the New York City Jazz Record along with albums by Thelonius Monk, Hank Mobley, Ran Blake, Dave Liebman, and Joe Lovano. 

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"Gift of Breath" Released on Ra kalam records

Artist Ryan Nielsen's first release as co-leader, "Gift of Breath" is a duo project with musical visionary Ra Kalam Bob Moses. It features John Lockwood and Aryeh Kobrinsky on bass. Speaking of the album, Ra Kalam Bob Moses, perhaps best known for collaborations with Jaco Pastorius and Pat Metheny, called this one of the "most soulful and creative albums of my career." It's available on iTunes and Amazon. 



Ryan Nielsen was named trumpeter in the Kobie Watkins Grouptet in July 2015. "The Grouptet is on a quest to infect music lovers spiritually, creatively, and emotionally," Watkins said. Speaking of why he chose Nielsen as trumpeter, he said,  "Ryan Nielsen is an awesome trumpeter. He brings a lot of energy--and a lot of dance--to the trumpet." The Grouptet's first tour together is in 2016.