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Banjo Player Ryan Cavanaugh Wants to Fuse Bluegrass and Jazz

Banjo Newsletter Aug 2011Chilmark, MA -- Ranked by many as one the most technically proficient banjo players in the world, Ryan Cavanaugh plays jazz flavored by bluegrass, and bluegrass tinged with jazz. Cavanaugh entered the jazz world in 2006 with the help of jazz guitar legend John McLaughlin, who introduced him to acclaimed jazz saxophonist (and Miles Davis alumni) Bill Evans. Cavanaugh spent the next five years touring with Evans's jazz group around the world. Prior to that, Cavanaugh was a bluegrass banjo champion at the Merlefest, Rockygrass, and Renofest banjo contests. Ryan is interviewed in the August issue of the Banjo Newsletter by banjo player, teacher, and on-air personality Ned Luberecki.

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