(vocalist with Gotham SophistiCats)
“A critic’s favorite” – so proclaims author and music writer for The Wall Street Journal Will Friedwald in reference to Molly Ryan. Indeed, Molly’s silvery voice and lush, elegant vocal style evoke the big band singers of the 1930s and breathe new life into familiar old standards.
Since moving to New York City in August of 2003, Molly has become one of the most sought-after vocalists on the New York jazz scene. She has performed alongside such prominent jazz artists as Randy Reinhart, Jon-Erik Kellso, Bria Skonberg, Dan Barrett, Mark Shane, Rossano Sportiello, as well as with the preeminent 1920s- style orchestra, Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks. Molly is a lead vocalist in both Gotham SophistiCats with whom she appeared in NYC Winter Jazzfest, New York Hot Jazz Festival, and Cafe Carlyle and James Langton New York All-Star Big Band with whom she delighted swing dancers at Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing and has a current monthly residency at the Rainbow Room. Molly has also graced many of New York's top jazz clubs leading her own band on a multiple occasions at Birdalnd and Iridium as well as recently appearing at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola with the Grand St Stompers.
Molly’s debut album Dream a Little Dream was released in 2002. Her second solo album Songbird in the Moonlight came out in 2008. Molly can also be heard on the albums Steppin’ Around with Dan Levinson’s Canary Cottage Dance Orchestra (Stomp Off Records, 2006), At the Codfish Ball with Dan Levinson’s Swing Wing (Loup-garous Productions, 2009), and Four on the Floor with the Palomar Quartet (Loup-garous Productions, 2008). Molly’s last album, entitled Swing for Your Supper, features Bucky Pizzarelli, Randy Reinhart, Dan Levinson, Vince Giordano, Kevin Dorn, Dan Barrett, Mark Shane, as well as guest vocalists Banu Gibson and Maude Maggart. Molly can be heard on the Grammy Award-winning HBO television series Boardwalk Empire. Her latest album is due within a month.