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Ryan Kilgore, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, has been fervently playing the impassioned sounds of the saxophone since age 10.
A fourth-generation sax player, Ryan’s musical career has afforded him the opportunity to travel the world and spread his sound as he transformed into an international saxophonist, philanthropist, and community activist.
Ryan’s musical inspiration came from his grandfather, Ester Betterson, who bought Ryan his first horn. Ryan attended Clark Atlanta University in which he was the first freshman to become drum major, as well as proud member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, Inc.
Ryan has played on soundtracks and/or cameoed for movies by Paramount Pictures, Walt Disney, 20th Century Fox, and Tyler Perry Studios. He then continued to work with legendary producers/writers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis as well as toured a decade with the legendary Stevie Wonder.
Ryan has also shared the stage with many of the biggest superstars in jazz, R&B, rock and roll, and hip hop, to include the likes of Grammy award winning Prince, Sonny Emory, Glenn Jones, John Legend, B.B. King, Gladys Knight, Kirk Whalum, Kim Waters, Mike Phillips, Big K.R.I.T., ATL’s own T.I., 2Chainz, international phenomenon’s, Daniel Levi, Alsou, Andy Lau, and hundreds of other highly notable musicians!
In 2015, Ryan established the Kilgore Music Foundation (KMF) whose mission is to mentor, teach, and inspire. The Kilgore Music Foundation aspires to bring about awareness of the value of music and music literacy in the lives of children.
Also in 2015, Ryan was honored with the Proclamation of Ryan Kilgore Day in DeKalb County, Georgia April 26th.
Overall, Ryan is an exceptional saxophone player who strives to instill the importance of music’s role in the enrichment of the human spirit.
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