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September 4, 2021, 12:00 am

The Kranzberg
501 N Grand Blvd
St. Louis, MO United States

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You are invited to celebrate the release of “Saint Unity”, a monumental, collaborative work by jazz pianist/songwriter Ryan Marquez featuring 20 of STL’s finest musicians. Anchored by the rhythm section of Tim Moore (Drums) and Jordan Brewer (Bass), The night will feature an intimate live performance of Ryan’s originals/arrangements featuring vocalists Anita Jackson and Lola Kristine.

Saint Unity Description:
The new jazz/pop release “Saint Unity” from Ryan Marquez incorporates the spirit and larger narrative of the current artistic renaissance and cultural climate present in St. Louis. Produced by the legendary Carl Nappa and Lenny Mink for Lotown Records, the album features 20 vocalists and musicians powering Ryan’s originals and jazz interpretations of hits from the world of rock – including songs from Smashing Pumpkins, 311, The Beatles, and more. Mr. Marquez sits squarely in the center of the upswing of creative energy in St. Louis, and brings together an all-star team of musicians in the name of “Saint Unity”. The album will be available digitally on 9/3/21

The album features: Anita Jackson, Erin Bode, Lola Kristine, Janet Evra, Chrissy Renick, Paige Alyssa, Dawn Weber, Lamar Harris, Ben Reece, Matt McKeever, Kendrick Smith, Carlos Scooter Brown Jr., Matt Rowland, Drew Mantia, Will Buchannon, Adam Hansbrough, Duane “Jingo” Williams with Tim Moore and Theo Harden.

Missourian Ryan Marquez is a keyboardist, producer, songwriter, arranger, and vocalist baptized in blues, indoctrinated by jazz and raised in hip-hop culture. “Passionate in everything he does” (WSIE 88.7, “The Sound”), he “truly embodies the creative collaboration…essential to moving St. Louis forward full steam ahead.” (Regional Arts Commission of STL) His music represents a diverse ecosystem of “feel good vibes” that he channels by infusing his fluent Jazz piano skills, a Pop songwriting style influenced by Stevie Wonder & Gil Scott Heron, with extracted flavors from Progressive R & B & Conscious Hip-Hop.

His recording and performance credits include Grammy recognized artists such as Terence Blanchard, Kirk Whalum, Fred Wesley, Chance The Rapper, Ernie Isley & more. Ryan’s production credits include work with Grammy recognized producer/engineer(s) Carl Nappa & Tony Black. (The Hit Factory) His original music has been featured on The CW, ESPN & FOX networks.

Ryan’s jazz trio, projects Fresh Heir (Pop/Soul), The Belief Cycle (Pop/Dance) & The People’s Key (Jazz/Funk) have been staples in the Midwest for nearly 2 decades with an extensive show list, discography & accolades respectively. No matter the outfit, Mr. Marquez sits squarely in the center of the upswing of creative energy in St. Louis. His new album “Saint Unity” brings together an all-star cast of STL jazz musicians.

Anita Jackson’s voice has recorded and performed in support for such artists as Bette Midler, Patti Austin, Mariah Carey, Erykah Badu and is heard on Cissy Houston’s Grammy winning gospel albums “Face to Face” & ”He Leadeth Me”. A featured actress with the St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre, Anita’s storytelling virtues shine through her soul captivating performances.  Ryan and Anita have performed and recorded regularly since 2018.

Known as “the little girl with the big voice,” vocalist, pianist, songwriter, Lola Kristine staggers audiences with the depth of soul she possesses in both her timeless songwriting and penetrating voice. A Top Ten Finalist in the 2015 Wildflower! Songwriting Competition, her vocal session work can be heard in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow series. Lola performs nationally and records regularly with Ryan.

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