By TOM D'ANTONI // How does he compose, play, record, help run a Jazz festival, a record label and edit a magazine...all at the same time?
In the coffeeshop with me today is guitarist, composer…and a lot more…Ryan Meagher. The coffeeshop, as usual is World Cup Coffee and Tea at Northwest 18th and Glisan in Portland.
Ryan has just gotten back from New York and I’ll be asking about what he did there. He’s working on a new album, he’s one of the leaders of the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble as well as its label PJCE Records, he’s one of the founders of the Montavilla Jazz Festival and he recently was named Editor of the Jazz Society of Oregon’s JazzScene Magazine.
Although, over the years, our conversations always turn to baseball (he’s a Giants fan), I’m going to try to keep this one on music. I don’t think I’ll be completely successful but I’ll try.
He’s been in Portland just a few years, but he has truly made his mark since he arrived and it’s safe to say he’s a major player these days.
Let’s talk with Ryan Meagher.