SILK | RYAN
Keyboardist - OLI SILK
Oli Silk is a London-born keyboardist Oli Silk is the UK’s Smooth Jazz Ambassador!
He began writing and recording music as part of jazz funk duo ‘Sugar and Silk’ in the late 1990’s. The pair released 2 albums to much European acclaim, and this grabbed the attention of Trippin’N’Rhythm Records to whom Oli has been signed with ever since. He has produced 6 hit albums in that time: So Many Ways - (2006) The Limit’s The Sky - (2008) All We Need - (2010) Razor Sharp Brit - (2013) Where I Left Off - (2016) 6 - (2020) Oli’s songs have enjoyed huge success on radio in the USA over the last 15 years, highlights include: Easy Does It - Oli’s debut hit, Billboard top 15 (2006) Chill Or Be Chilled - One of the biggest hits of the year, Billboard top 3 and one of the most long charting songs in Billboard Smooth Jazz history with a combined main/recurrent chart tally of 54 weeks! (2008/09) At Your Service - Oli’s first Billboard #1 song (2013) New Bounce - Three weeks at Billboard #1 for this memorable tune, featuring Vincent Ingala (2020) Hurry Up And Wait - Another Billboard #1, the first time that Oli had enjoyed multiple #1’s from the same album, also Billboard #7 song of the year (2021) Out To Lunch - 3 Billboard #1’s in a row, making Oli one of only a handful of Smooth Jazz artists EVER to achieve this feat.
Oli remains one of the most dynamic and energetic keyboardists in the genre and his unique mix of jazzy instrumentals, funky vocal cuts and downright old skool keytar and vocoder give his live shows that real wow factor and have earned him a loyal and dedicated fan-base!
Oli has toured his music extensively across the globe, from Mozambique to Australia, Spain to Dubai, Lithuania to LA. You can also regularly find Oli as a featured artist on the prestigious Dave Koz Cruise. Oli’s skills as a sideman keys player have made him the UK go-to guy for some of the genre’s biggest artists including Gerald Albright, Chuck Loeb, Brian Culbertson, Boney James, Dave Koz, Pieces of a Dream, Euge Groove, Paul Brown and Peter White. Also, as a pop music sideman for superstar Matt Goss, and supporting legendary artist Barry Manilow. His credentials as a musical director are also far reaching, most notably for 4 years at the Dubai International Jazz Festival - overseeing some 30+ artists on the Jazz Garden Stage. When off stage Oli is also a sought-after smooth jazz producer, his most recent achievements include two Billboard top 30 hits for guitarist Roberto Restuccia in 2021, and a Billboard #1 for saxophonist Michael J Thomas in 2018 . Oli has also composed music for TV (Oprah Winfrey, MTV, Miami Ink) and has produced the audio for more than 100 smartphone gaming apps for Zynga Games and others. For more information visit www.olisilk.com
Saxophonist - JEFF RYAN
Jeff Ryan is one the most essential young voices in contemporary jazz today. From his uniquely relatable emotive tone to his explosive performance and stage presence, it's no question why he is a staple across the country in the jazz festival scene. Jeff has held consistent radio successes with 5 Billboard #1s, the 2020 Billboard Artist of the Year and Song of the Year in 2021 with his track “Sentimental Soul.” In 2018, his first year on the scene, he was awarded the JazzTrax Breakout Artist of 2018 and the Smooth Jazz Network Debut Artist of 2018.
One of the Jeff’s primary goals has always been in connecting to the audience through music and performance, and from his first radio single, “Up and Up”, to now, he has shown how his soul-drenched sound and delivery is key to the future of smooth jazz. “I know what relates to people, from the bottom to the top of the horn, there’s a lot of variety to dig deep into people’s spirit and get them feeling the groove,” said Ryan about his performances. Jeff spent his teen years “cutting his teeth” with traveling soul bands and weekly performances at rowdy bars with a not-so-legal ID. “It was a lot of fun playing those early bar shows,” said Jeff, “I had to stay on the down low about my age, but the nightly experience performing for engaging crowds really helped pave the way to the performer I am today.
He has performed as a featured solo artist coast to coast in the largest Jazz Festivals in the country. He has also been performing alongside performer/producer Greg Manning, where they have performed across the country and internationally at festivals such as the Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival.
“Throughout my years as a performer, I have learned one of my strengths is being able to relate to people. Every time I am on stage, my goal is to inject emotion and passion into my playing as if I am communicating to each person individually,” Ryan says. “If anything will keep me going strong and moving forward in this genre, it is the fact my sound is relatable to people, especially those who love this genre of music. I love connecting with the audience, keeping things spontaneous and seeing the way everyone responds. When I am up there baring my soul and speaking to the crowd through music, I embrace those moments. The expression is always worth it.”
Ryan was influenced by smooth/urban icons like Richard Elliot, Gerald Albright, Dave Koz and Grover Washington to jazz legends Michael Brecker, Cannonball Adderley, Charlie Parker, and Dexter Gordon. Some of his other influences include Jeff Lorber, Norman Brown, Rick Braun, Wes Montgomery, Lee Ritenour, Earl Klugh and Jonathan Butler. Taking the baton from his mentors he has shown with his consistent quality and feel, that he is not just a saxophonist, but an essential artist worthy of your attention. For more information visit www.jeffryansax.com
- Hub City Jazz Festival - New Brunswick, NJ
- Berks Jazz Festival - Reading, PA
- Fresh Coast Jazz Festival - Milwaukee, WI
- Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival - Mallorca, Spain
- Marcus Anderson Jazz and Coffee Escape - Durham, NC
- Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival - Albufeiria, Portugal
- BMG 30th Anniversary - Melbourne, FL
- Middle C Jazz Club - Charlotte, NC
- St James Live! - Atlanta, GA
- Catalina JazzTrax Jazz Festival - Avalon, CA
- Seabreeze Jazz Festival - Panama City Beach, FL
- Spaghettini - Seal Beach, CA
- The Big Bib - San Antonio, TX
- Tin Pan - Richmond, VA