The debut recording by saxophonist and composer Jesse Ryan is an eclectic and inspired album that brings together the sounds of North American jazz and Afro-Caribbean folk traditions.

Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Ryan was surrounded by music both in his family and in his community. Now establishing himself in the Toronto jazz scene, he blends the sounds of his home into his own music-making for a unique and fresh approach that’s being recognized by some of the best musicians in Canada.

After winning the 2020 Toronto Arts Foundation’s emerging jazz artist award, Ryan released Bridges, a nine-track album that — as its title suggests — looks to serve as a bridge between musical traditions from different parts of the world.

Ryan joined us to talk about his life and music.