RYan Dragon



Born In Orange County, California In 1987, Dragon's First Exposure To The World Of The Art's Came Through His Parents, Art And Arlene. Dragon Began Studying Trombone At The Age Of 10 Under The Leadership Of Bill Tole, Ira Nepus, Joey Sellers, Alex Isles, And Andy Martin. After Finishing Esperanza High School, Dragon Attended The Berklee School Of Music Where He Studied Jazz Composition.

Dragon's First Engagement Was A Cirque Du Soleil Show Called Bananna Schpeel, A Traveling Show In Canada. After Cirque, Dragon Spent A Short Stint In NY Where He Freelanced Before Finally Moving To Los Angeles Where He Currently Lives.


Dragon Has Played/Recorded With Herbie Hancock, John Legend, Usher, Gwen Stefani, Imagine Dragons, Death From Above, Rob Thomas, Gordon Goodwins Big Phat Band, John Beasley's MONK'estra, John Tesh, The StradBand, Kim Richmonds Concert Jazz Orchestra, John La Barbera's Big Band, Joey Sellers Jazz Aggregation, Danny Seraphine's C.T.A, Lee Ritenhour, The BIll Cunliffe Big Band, Bill Holman And Mark Masters Ensemble. Dragon Also Leads His Own Group, Kid Songs, And Is A Co-Leader Of Dragon/Sellers.





News & Updates


Grammy Nomination for Monk'estra

MONK’estra Vol. 2 (Sep 2017) just received two GRAMMY nominations (2018) Best Large Jazz Ensemble and
Best Arrangement for “Ugly Beauty/Pannomica”.

Monster Musician Podcast 

Just finished the pilot episode of The Monster Musician Podcast celebrating the music and stories of the great Charles Mingus! Ryan serves as the production half of this duo with his wife, Noelle Fabian Dragon.  This professionally produced piece of ear-candy tells the intimate life-stories of the greatest musicians of all time. "One can not truly understand music without knowing the musician". Curious to listen? 



Kid Songs

by Ryan Dragon

Children’s songs tend toward purity, and so does the remarkable music of Kid Songs. Comprised of four younger musicians that share an East Coast connection and one seasoned Los Angeles veteran, Kid Songs has captured sounds here that allow us to witness this beautiful and surprising journey. 

Though this is an ensemble presentation at its essence, trombonist/composer Ryan Dragon’s musical personality pervades. Embracing microtonality, contrafactual brilliance, soundscapes, driving metric modulation, meditative grooves and myriad rhythmic influences, Dragon’s strong musical presence imbues the entire proceedings. 

Everyone here has a voice that honestly speaks. Bassist Richard Giddens anchors the proceedings with understated strength, and drummer Devin Drobka both drives forcefully and colors impressionistically – often at the same time. The personal voice of Mike Bjella’s tenor offers sincere testimony throughout, and veteran keyboardist John Beasley’s creative energy colors every aspect of the ensemble sound. 

The tenuous entanglement of memory and reality – observed best by Nabokov in his memoir “Speak, Memory” -- seem particularly evinced in this music. The usual suspects are present here -- melody, groove, harmony, blah, blah, blah – but the prism created by Kid Songs offers a different view – skewed perhaps, but no less truthful. We remember events quite differently from how they actually occurred, and recounting the same story on multiple occasions finds that narrative twisting to fit each new circumstance. Our memories of childhood are no less true for their lack of accuracy, and Kid Songs’ candor – composed, improvised and interpreted – is indisputable. 

Each composition here has its own architectural integrity, and though each individual’s playing is inspired and impressive, the sound of the band – the journey – is what we cherish. Listen, remember – enjoy the purity.