Born: April 12, 1973
Ryan Kisor was born April 12th, 1973 in Sioux City, Iowa. By learning from his father Larry Kisor, Ryan began to play trumpet at the age of four. By the age of ten, he began playing in a local dance band (the Eddie Skeets Orchestra). Ryan began classical lessons at 12.
In the summer of 1988 when he was at 15, he met and was inspired by legendary trumpeter Clark Terry while attending the latter's summer jazz camp. At that period, Ryan Kisor also played with various high school all-star bands.
In November of 1990 he won the Thelonius Monk Institute's trumpet competition at the age of just 17, beating out the likes of Nicholas Payton and Marcus Printup.
After graduating from high school in 1991, he went to the Manhattan School of Music and later studied with Lew Soloff among others.
Ryan Kisor with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, 2007
After winning the Monk contest, he was signed by Columbia. He has recorded fairly extensively both as a leader and sideman and with small and large groups.
Among the highlights; the Mingus Big Band (which still plays every thursday night at "The Fez" under Time Cafe in NYC's east village), the Michel Camilo Big Band (which although only existed for the purpose of recording the album, "One More Once," was arguably one of the best latin big bands recorded in recent memory), the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, the Philip Morris Jazz All-Stars, Gerry Mulligan, Wynton Marsalis,
Wycliffe Gordon, Horace Silver, and Walter Blanding.