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Meet the musicians: Ryan Montano

Meet the musicians: Ryan Montano

September 30, 2019 11:23 PM

Name: Ryan Montano 


Where were you born? Albuquerque 

Schools attended? Manzano High School '05, UNM '10

Influential teacher? Roy Hargrove. He's taught me so much through his recordings and compositions. 

Instrument(s)? Trumpet and Piano. And a little bit of the recorder.  

When did you start playing? 10 years old. I started on the recorder. 

Career in a capsule? Still working on that one. Hopefully there are still many chapters to be written. 

Best memory? Playing the Seabreeze Jazz Festival with my band, headlining the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in '16 and '17, playing "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" with Hanson, and shooting my scene with Ethan Hawke in the movie "GoodKill".  

Favorite place in NM? The biking trails of the Cibola National Forest in Tijeras, NM where I grew up.  

Favorite food? Pizza! With lots of green chili.

Who do you admire? My mom and dad. People who smile with their eyes. 

Hobbies? Video editing, photography, mountain biking and video games. 

Best gig? The first time we played the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. I was so nervous!

Dream performance/venue? Performing my original music on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" 

Favorite artists/group/music? Holy smokes! Lets see...Roy Hargrove, John Mayer, The Beach Boys, James Taylor, Norah Jones, Nicholas Payton, Don Was, Isaac Aragon, Kevin Herig...The list goes on and on. 

Best advice for musicians just starting out? Anything you do, do it with honesty. Be unapologetically you.


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