Ryan Fourt and Big Slick formed in 2015. They feature Ryan Fourt on guitar, Peter Sommer on tenor sax, Matt Smiley on bass and Ed Breazeale on drums. The band plays original jazz compositions arranged by guitarist and band-leader Fourt. They aim to feature the virtuosity and musicianship of the group's members. Performances by Ryan Fourt and Big Slick are carefully crafted presentations of original, modern jazz that swing with a vengeance.
Ryan's career began at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where he privately studied jazz guitar and upright bass. He has also had the privilege of studying with local Colorado guitar wizard Dale Bruning, (who taught Bill Frissell) as well as New York guitarist Mark Elf. After establishing himself in the music community, Ryan began performing with some of the region's best players, including his teacher Jim Greeson, saxophonist Keefe Jackson (Delmark records) and formed a very important musical partnership with his mentor-pianist Claudia Burson.
In 2004, Ryan moved to the fertile musical environment of Northern Colorado. Since then he has established himself as one of the top performers on that scene, sharing the stage with local and national talents such as Brad Goode, Peter Sommer, Dana Landry, Ken Walker, Dave Pope, Gareth Malone, Jeff Jenkins, Devin Hoff, Alvin Lucier, Chris Lee, Ben Markley, Erik Applegate and Paul McKee.
Ryan's most recent album "Big Slick" was released on the Dazzle Recordings label in 2015. The album is a mix of originals and standards and features fantastic Colorado players, including Peter Sommer and Ed Breazeale.
Ryan currently lives in Loveland, Colorado, and maintains a busy performance schedule with various jazz and pop groups along the Front Range and Mountain West regions. He can be heard nearly every weekend in Fort Collins at the local jazz spots, including Ace Gillett's, Jay's Bistro and the Crown Pub. On top of performing, Ryan is an adjunct instructor of jazz guitar and lecturer at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.