All About Jazz

Home » Musicians » Ryan Keberle

Ryan Keberle

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.”

Read more

Tags

Album Review
Radio & Podcasts
Album Review
Read more articles
”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 Musician Magazine)

“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 best!” - Inside Connection

-”neatly layered horn passages stand out throughout the disc, which is distinguished by Keberle's ever- cheerful solos.” - 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

Primary Instrument

Trombone

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

Jazz Professor at Hunter College, in demand trombone, big band, improvisational clinician.

Clinic/Workshop Information

Trombone studies, Jazz History, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Styles, Ensemble rehearsal

Photos

Albums

The Art Of...

Nardis Music
2021

buy

Live In Graz

Multiphonics Music
2020

buy

Data Lords

Artist Share
2020

buy

Hypersphere

ArtistShare
2020

buy

The Melodic Line

OutNote Records
2020

buy

Find the Common,...

Greenleaf Music
2017

buy

Wedding Music

From: Double Quartet
By Ryan Keberle

Watch

Similar

Shop Amazon

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.