Since 2015 Ryan McGillicuddy has served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at Morehead State University, in Morehead, Kentucky. After earning his Master’s degree in 2003 at the University of North Texas, Ryan moved to Los Angeles, where he has enjoyed a vibrant professional career. He has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Greg Osby, Russel Ferrante, Bob Mintzer, Larry Goldings, Peter Erskine, Joe Labarbera, Anthony Wilson, Antonio Hart, Bob Sheppard, Victor Goines, Marchel Ivery, Bill Cunliffe, Larry Koonse, Karriem Riggins, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Bill Holman Orchestra, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, the Alan Ferber Nonet, Kate McGarry, Sara Gazarek, Freda Payne, and the list goes on. He has many recording credits, including television and movies, and has toured extensively in the United States, Asia, and Europe.
In Febuary 2015 “Boots and Boots” was released on LAJC records, Ryan’s first recording as a leader, featuring his original compositions, with Peter Erskine and Vardan Ovsepian rounding out the trio. Ryan also continues to write/play for original projects such as the pianoless trio “3-ish”, and the Los Angeles-based original project “Sigmund Fudge” , which released its self-titled debut in 2016.