Ryan Meisel

Ryan Meisel


Multi-saxophonist, educator, band leader, composer/ arranger.


"Motion is a self-released/indie album A Ryan Meisel Collective, a jazz combo from the chilly Midwest USA (IL & WI) made of regionally-based players. Motion is simply a better-than-fine mainstream jazz disc, a boss offering... the Meisel Collective explore/embrace that jazz tradition and make it all their own."

-Mark Keresman, Jazzreview.com

A creative, energetic, charismatic front-man, Ryan presents his music with a skill and artistry that leaves audiences excited to hear more. Whether it is a quintet, trio, or any number of different ensembles, no matter the venue, Ryan Meisel's shows are a must see.

Now residing in the Milwaukee area, Ryan has fronted groups regionally and frequented the many jam-sessions in Chicago and Milwaukee.

Original compositions make up the majority of Ryan's performances with a heavy repertoire of tunes covering the entire history of Jazz. Ryan performs mainly with his working quintet of drums, bass, piano and vocals. Current ensembles include, Ryan Meisel trio and Quintet with 2 horns. Ryan's latest project is a collaboration with blues vocalist/saxophonist Celia Whiren. They are headed to the studio spring 2008 to record a hot blues demo!

Ryan received a degree in music education from the University of Wisconsin Madison and recently earned a Master's of Jazz Studies from Nothern Illinois University (2007).

While in Madison Ryan had the pleasure of studying with legendary bassist Richard Davis. At NIU Ryan studied with Ron Carter, Steve Duke, Rodrigo Villanueva, Fareed Haque, and Art Davis.

As a recording artist Ryan has five independently produced albums with the most recent being the Ryan Meisel Collective's "Motion" which features all of Meisel's own compositions and arrangments.

Ryan appeared at the 2005 Isthmus Jazz Festival-Madison, 2005 Dedication to the Overture Center Madison, 2004 Jazz in the Park- Milwaukee, 2003 Jazz at Five Madison.


Method to the Madness-2007
Hey Lovely- 2005 (airplay 89.9 Wort Madison)
Live at Madison's Center for Creative and Cultural Arts- 2004
Do What You Love- 2004
Revolutions- 2003
Live Themes- 2002

Set List

A typical Set list would include:
Billie's Bounce (Blues)
Love Me or Leave Me (Up-Tempo Swing)
Alone With You (Original)
I Want to talk about You (Ballad)
Footprints (Hard bop)
Meinong (Modern Sounding Original)

Sets are typically 50min-60min long depending on the venue. We usually play 2-3 sets per show.

We have a book of over 30 originals and an even bigger repetoire of traditional jazz standards from the swing, be-bop, and hard-bop eras.
All of Me
I've Found a New Baby
Love For Sale
Groovin' High
Well You Needn't
Inner Urge
Yes or No

Blues Tunes with Celia Whiren:
Love me Like a Man
Back Water Blues
Voodoo Woman
It Hurt So Bad
I'm A Woman
Fine and Mellow