Composer, arranger, and producer Ryan Truesdell was voted “Best New Artist” in the 2012 JazzTimes Critic’s Poll, and is best known for his award-winning Gil Evans Project. In his pursuit to restore and perform Evans’ music directly from his original manuscripts, Truesdell discovered over sixty new, never-before -recorded pieces, 10 of which were released on CENTENNIAL: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans, in honor of Evans’ 100th birthday. Unanimously praised by critics, among its many accolades, CENTENNIAL received three nominations and won Evans a posthumous 2013 GRAMMY® Award for “Best Instrumental Arrangement.” Truesdell will release the Project’s sophomore album, LINES OF COLOR: Live at Jazz Standard, on February 17, 2015 on the Blue Note/ArtistShare label. By recovering and performing these lost works, Truesdell has filled in essential missing pieces of Evans’ rich musical narrative, expanding the legacy of one of Jazz history’s most revered composers and arrangers.
A skilled composer and arranger in his own right, Truesdell has been commissioned by trumpeter Ingrid Jensen with the U.S.A.F. Band of the Pacific, pianist Frank Kimbrough with the University of Minnesota’s Jazz Ensemble, and wrote a new piece for Bob Brookmeyer’s 80th birthday concert at the Eastman School of Music. He was also awarded the First Music commission from the New York Youth Symphony’s Jazz Band Classic in 2009.
Truesdell has distinguished himself as an invaluable resource in the studio, beginning in 2004, as production assistant for Maria Schneider’s GRAMMY® award-winning record, Concert in the Garden. He co-produced Schneider’s critically acclaimed 2007 album, Sky Blue, and traveled to Hamburg, Germany in 2010 to produce Bob Brookmeyer and the NDR Big Band. In addition to producing the Gil Evans Project's albums, Truesdell most recently co-produced Schneider's newest release, The Thompson Fields.
Truesdell is an in-demand clinician and guest artist, working with the highly regarded programs at University of North Texas, University of South Florida, New York University, and Humber College. In 2012, Truesdell embarked on a multi-concert project with the musicians of the Eastman School of Music, performing nearly 150 of Gil Evans’ historic works.