Jesse Ryan is a saxophonist, composer and educator who has a keen interest in the links between jazz and Afro-Caribbean musical traditions.

His captivating compositions speak to personal history, human connection and transcendence. He was the 2020 recipient of the Toronto Art Foundation’s Emerging Jazz Artist Award, and his debut recording Bridges was nominated for a Juno Award.

Ryan has just released a beautiful new single called The Night Before She Passed and he’s performing at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival on June 29.

Ryan joined us to talk about the new single.