Ryan Keberle is a jazz trombonist, composer and educator living in New York City.
Hailed in the Jazz Times International Critics Poll as the #1 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 composer, earning distinction among jazz’s most adventurous new voices.
Keberle’s outlets include the celebrated indie jazz ensemble, Catharsis; the Big Band Living Legacy Project, carrying on the rich musical language of big band jazz featuring top veteran players in the idiom; the All Ears Orchestra, featuring Ryan’s original compositions and arrangements for Jazz Orchestra, and Reverso, a chamber-jazz collaboration with French pianist Frank Woeste featuring cellist Vincent Courtois and drummer Jeff Ballard.
Genre-melding trio REVERSO presents new Fauré-inspired compositions on 4th CD release, “Harmonic Alchemy”, coming this November 18 from OutNote Records
Since its inception in 2018, the trans-oceanic trio REVERSO has explored the connections between Impressionism and Jazz. When composers like Gabriel Fauré, Maurice Ravel and the members of the collective Les Six were creating their music in early 20th century Paris, jazz was just beginning to develop in the United States. Still, the French composers were intrigued by what they heard, and they incorporated elements of jazz into their music. These elements had been recognized by musicians and scholars for years, but it was through the combined efforts of REVERSO members Ryan Keberle (trombone), Frank Woeste (piano) and Vincent Courtois (cello) that a fresh musical fusion occurred between the French masters and the American improvisers.
REVERSO does not “jazz the classics”; rather, the members of the group write new pieces which are inspired by the French composition…