Few musicians have managed to navigate the richly varied avenues of New York City’s abundant music scene with the same passion and adaptability as trombonist and composer Ryan Keberle. Since his arrival in 1999, Keberle’s diverse talents have earned him a place alongside a staggering array of legends, superstars, and up-and-coming innovators.
Leading his pianoless quartet Catharsis or arranging for the little big band setting of his Double Quartet, Keberle draws upon lessons learned playing alongside masters of a multitude of forms, from jazz legends to indie rock ground-breakers, R&B superstars to classical virtuosos. He has toured with the acclaimed indie rock songwriter Sufjan Stevens and with the ground- breaking big bands of Maria Schneider and Darcy James Argue; he has accompanied soul hitmakers Alicia Keys and Justin Timberlake as well as jazz legends Rufus Reid and Wynton Marsalis; he’s been heard on movie soundtracks for filmmakers like Woody Allen and in the pit for the Tony- winning Broadway musical “In the Heights.” Keberle’s own music integrates those wide-ranging experiences into a highly personal jazz language that pays heed to tradition while searching out fresh and original pathways.
Born and raised in Spokane, Washington, Keberle was surrounded by music from an early age. Both of his parents were music educators, his father a jazz trumpeter and professor at Spokane’s Whitworth University, his mother a piano teacher and longtime church music director. Keberle started out by studying classical violin and piano before adopting the trombone as his primary instrument; classical music remains one of the many components of his arsenal, as he continues to perform with brass chamber ensembles. He also followed in his mother’s footsteps, serving as music director at a Manhattan Catholic church for several years.
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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
Willing to teach
Jazz Professor at Hunter College, in demand trombone, big band, improvisational clinician.
Trombone studies, Jazz History, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Styles, Ensemble rehearsal