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Rudder is a NYC-based instrumental band. Founded on deep musical relationships and friendships lasting over a decade, this quartet brings an aggressive, driving rock and jam vibe to a purely instrumental setting. Rudder is equally led by its four members.

Chris Cheek

Chris Cheek
Chris Cheek
(saxophones) is now somewhat of an icon in the saxophone world. His playing has been heard for years with the Paul Motion electric bebop band. He is also a member of Charlie Haden's Liberation Orchestra and has recently been playing with guitar great Bill Frisell. As a leader, Chris has four noteworthy albums to his credit in addition to appearing as a sideman on over 60 other CDs. This summer Chris is touring with Paul Motion and Bill Frisell. With Rudder, Chris plays tenor, as well as baritone sax and brings his unique usage of effects on his horn to the Rudder sound.

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New York’s latest underground groove quartet (bassist Tim Lefebvre, drummer Keith Carlock, keyboardist Henry Hey, and saxist Chris Cheek) debuts with a vibe-filled sonic treat. In addition to the customary retro funk and East Village electronica elements, Rudder draws equally from ’80s techno pop and radio rock; as on the Lefebvre-driven “Squarefoot” and “Sk8.” -Chris Jisi

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New York, NY

Willing to teach

Advanced students only.


Rudder is available for clinics


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