Hailed in the Downbeat International Critics Poll as #1 Rising Star trombonist, a player “of vision and composure” according to The New York Times, Ryan Keberle has developed a one-of-a-kind voice both on his instrument and as a bandleader, earning distinction among jazz’s most adventurous new voices.
Keberle’s outlets include the celebrated piano-less group Catharsis; the Big Band Living Legacy Project, carrying on the rich musical language of big band jazz (’30s through ’70s), featuring top veteran players in the idiom; and Reverso — Suite Ravel, a chamber-jazz collaboration with French pianist Frank Woeste featuring cellist Vincent Courtois and drummer Jeff Ballard.
Keberle's music integrates his wide-ranging experiences into a highly personal vernacular — immersed in jazz tradition, drawing on world music, pop and other influences, seeking fresh and original pathways. His earliest work as a leader, on Double Quartet and Heavy Dreaming, featured an ensemble thick with brass textures and a malleable little-big-band aesthetic. Catharsis, with its invigorating trombone-trumpet frontline, agile rhythm section and the voice and guitar of Camila Meza, debuted in 2012 with Music is Emotion, followed by Into the Zone in 2014 and Azul Infinito in 2016 (the latter two released on Dave Douglas’s Greenleaf label). Billboard picked Azul Infinito as one of “five jazz albums you need to hear.”
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the best new jazz album of 2010 (Fred Kaplan, Stereophile)
a sumptuous and spirited disc (Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen)
wonderful balance of listenability and complexity (Damian Erskine, Bass
Heavy Dreaming is easily on target for one of my 2010 favorites (Bobby
Vega, Jazz Times)
Keberle's broad compositional ideals, along with his superb ability to balance
the big and the small within his band, helps place Heavy Dreaming in a class
of its own (Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz)
[Keberle] is clearly in the vanguard of a handful of stalwarts re-introducing
the trombone to now unaccustomed ears (Bob Gish, Jazz Inside)
a strong player who recalls the vibrancy of JJ Johnson, the originality of
Wycliffe Gordon and the pure
tone of Frank Rosolino, - full of drama - All About Jazz
-Ryan Keberle is one of the most creative jazz artists I have heard in some
time., one of the years
- Inside Connection
-neatly layered horn passages stand out throughout the disc, which is
distinguished by Keberle's ever-
- Jazz Times
-Keberle’s original compositions...are intriguing, luscious and tasteful, while
his own playing is
gorgeous in tone, 'Double Quartet' is an impressive debut, full of shades
and subtleties, from a
young artist with a bright future ahead of him.
- Jazz Chicago.net
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Jazz Professor at Hunter College, in demand trombone, big band, improvisational clinician.
Trombone studies, Jazz History, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Styles, Ensemble rehearsal