Ryan J. Lee is a young versatile drummer from Kansas City, Missouri. He continuously performs with numerous well-known jazz and gospel artists today. Ryan attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he studied with world-renowned jazz saxophonist Bobby Watson. Some of his shared stage appearances were with artists such as Sean Jones, Steve Cardenas, Wycliffe Gordon, Greg Gisbert, Lynda Randle, Debra Lee, Logan Richardson, Randy Brecker, Jaleel Shaw, the Kansas City Symphony and many more. Ryan is not only a great young drummer, but also a dedicated composer with influences from many genres.
Paul Shinn was born in Mainz, Germany and grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. He began studying classical piano at age 7 and playing jazz in high school. Paul attended school at University of Missouri – Kansas City and University of North Texas while studying under jazz musicians Bobby Watson, Bram Wijnands, and Steffan Karlsson. Between having lived in Denver 2013-17 and his times growing up in Kansas City, Paul has played with the El Mambo Latin jazz group, with several big bands and his own trio. Paul is also an accomplished solo pianist, having been chosen as a semifinalist to attend the 2010 Bösendorfer Solo Jazz Piano Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland as well as being a semifinalist in the 2016 UNISA International Jazz Piano Competition in South Africa. Paul's sole goal as a performer is to create a musical environment that will connect with an audience and transmit expressions of joy that cannot be conveyed in any other way. He currently resides in New York City.
Consisting of bassist Dominique Sanders, drummer Ryan Lee and pianist Paul Shinn, the Paul Shinn Trio was formed in the summer of 2013. After first filling in a few dates at Kansas City's Green Lady Lounge, the band was asked by owner John Scott to perform a weekly Sunday evening engagement there. The positive reception from audiences and fellow musicians alike only encouraged the creative spirit of the group and by the end of that summer their debut album "Reason Pure" was released. Featuring solely Paul’s original compositions and arrangements, this album was deemed an “essential souvenir of his time in Kansas City” (PlasticSax.com) and characterized as “having a unique Shinn Trio stamp” (JAM Magazine). This album chronicles a young trio well on its way towards carving out its own unique 'sound' which simultaneously seeks to maintain a healthy respect for the lineage of jazz piano trios while continuously pushing past conventional boundaries of all sorts. On January 11th, 2015, the trio released their second album Easy Now: Live at the Green Lady Lounge. Featuring eight new compositions and arrangements, this album accurately transmits the energy of the band's live performances into a recorded format. The trio's third album, Into That Good Night, was released in January 2016 as a result of the Pathways to Jazz grant from Boulder, CO. This studio album showcases the trio's full spectrum of musical styles and has been described as "spirited, seamless and innovative" (JAM Magazine). With the addition of Logan Richardson and Gabriel Mervine, work on a quintet album began in the winter of 2016 with an exciting new batch of compositions for this special quintet group!
Dominique Sanders is a bass player that currently resides is Kansas city MO, and is set out on a mission to bring new vibes and waves to your ears. He is one of the most versatile musicians you will ever meet, and one of the few who can do a classical gig, HipHop gig, Jazz gig, and Country all in the same weekend! Dominique began to play bass at the age of 15 and has been on a mission to truly be unique and true to his personal vision as musician, and has not wavered from that view. He brings a totally unique style and approach to the bass that almost matches his unique personality as a person. You can catch him everywhere in kansas city playing with the who is who of Kansas City, and players all around the World. Also working in studios to bring music you hear played on the radios everyday. In his young life he has shared the stage with the likes of Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, Neal Young, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Platinum Record Producer Mike Dupree, Tech N9Ne, Clark Terry, Bobby Watson, Tailb Kweli, The Fall of Troy, Larry Harlow, George Watsky, GLC, Charlie Pride, Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton, Black Joe Lewis, Maurice Brown and MANY MANY more.... Be on the lookout for his first solo project dropping in 2015!