Trumpeter Ryan Montano will take the stage at the fifth annual Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival boasting a Top 40 hit on the Billboard National Jazz Airplay chart. “Soulfully” is just the latest chart success for Montano, who’ll offer a mix of contemporary jazz, soul and Latin styles at 8 p.m. Oct. 16, 2021 to close out Saturday night on Carver Street in Myrtle Beach.
Montano’s debut single, “I’d Like That,” reached No. 14 on Billboard’s charts, while his follow-up song “Honey Girl” soared to No. 13 while boasting 20 consecutive weeks on the charts. Truth Journey, his new album, has garnered more than 1 million streams, Montano says.
In some ways, he must have felt destined for this: “My brothers, my sisters, my dad and my mom – everybody played music,” Montano once said. “My dad was a country singer for 30 years. He had his own band; he toured, he traveled. It was always a part of my life. In some families you try out for the football team. … For me, my family’s tradition was always music.”
Along the way, Montano has appeared with Poncho Sanchez, the Temptations, War (of “Low Rider” fame), the O’Jays, and Hanson during national television performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Montano has also performed at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Florida, and the Salsa Fiesta in Old Town Albuquerque.
He says he takes some inspiration from the smooth approach once employed by Chet Baker. “He’s the trumpet player after whom I model most of my playing,” Montano told his hometown Albuquerque Journal in 2012. “He didn’t have to show off his high notes and his range. He essentially whispers in your ear through the trumpet, which is what I try to do.”
Montano also has an interest in filmmaking, having served as the University of New Mexico’s videographer. He’s appeared in several commercials, TV series and Hollywood films, including Goodkill with Ethan Hawke, Love N’ Dancing with Amy Smart and Betty White, and CSI Miami, among others.
Yet he remains grounded, and community oriented. “Whatever success I’ve had, I feel it’s my professional and social responsibility to pay it forward,” Montano told Trend Magazine in 2020. “That’s really, really important to me.”
The fifth annual Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival will once again be held on Carver Street, home to the historic Charlie’s Place. Dates for this year’s event are Oct. 15-17, 2021. Click here to find out how you can provide critical financial support as the festival returns after a pandemic-related pause.