Watch Ryan Keberle & Catharsis perform on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series with special guest, Camila Meza, on voice

Biography

Photo by Amanda Gentile
Ryan Keberle no horn photo by Amanda GentileFew 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. That includes playing with jazz greats including Maria Schneider and Wynton Marsalis; hip-hop and R&B superstars like Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, and Alicia Keys; Latin jazz leaders like Pedro Giraudo and Ivan Lins; indie rock ground-breakers such as Sufjan Stevens; or playing in the house band at Saturday Night Live, on the soundtrack of a Woody Allen film, or in the pit for a Tony-winning Broadway musical. Read full bio

Current Project: Catharsis

Keberle combines that wealth of influence and experience into a bold group sound with his piano-less quintet, Catharsis. Described by the Los Angeles Times as “a potent blend of cinematic sweep and lush, ear-grabbing melodies” Keberle presents Catharsis in a performance of their one-of-a-kind indie-jazz with songs rich in deep groove, melodic invention and group interaction. The primarily word-less vocals of Camila Meza mesh seamlessly with trombone, the trumpet of Mike Rodriguez, bass of Jorge Roeder, and drums of Eric Doob to create a lush sound filled with drama and intrigue. With recent performances on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series, Voice of America’s Beyond Category, tours throughout the United States and Europe including performances at such notable venues like The Jazz Standard in NYC, Blue Whale in Los Angeles, Duc de Lombard in Paris, and Pizza Express in London, the band has developed an undeniable chemistry and unmistakable ensemble sound. Repertoire will be selected from their recent record release on Greenleaf Music, Azul Infinito, which was just listed as one of “5 jazz albums you need to hear” by Billboard magazine. The band members of Catharsis bring an impressive wealth of experience playing an integral role in many of the top jazz and Latin jazz ensembles including the bands of Charlie Haden, Gary Burton, Julian Lage, Christian Scott, Paquito D’Rivera, and Gonzalo Rubulcaba. Read more

Teaching

Aside from his successful performance career, Mr. Keberle has also developed the reputation as being one of the leading jazz educators in New York City and beyond. In 2001 Mr. Keberle was selected as the artistic director for New York City’s first youth jazz orchestra, Jazz Band Classic. The band made its premiere with Jimmy Heath in Aaron Davis Hall, and finished its season with an appearance by Slide Hampton in Carnegie Hall. Since 2004 Ryan has also directed the burgeoning jazz program at City University’s Hunter College. Other notable teaching credits include frequent improvisation clinics conducted throughout the New York City, and beyond, guest conducting local school jazz bands and all-region jazz bands, and his own private studio of trombone and improvisation students.