Ryan Keberle and Catharsis featuring vocalist Camila Meza
Monday, April 13th, 8 p.m.| Arcata Playhouse
"A young trombonist of vision and composure with a quartet of rugged cohesion."
—Nate Chinen, New York Times
"Accessible and thoughtful, lyrical and cerebral...Keberle and his bandmates weave their voices together with supple ease and understated grace."
—Shaun Brady, DownBeat
For an instrument that has been around, pretty much unchanged, since the Middle Ages, the trombone gets surprisingly little respect. If you hear it at all in jazz, it’s likely to be in a big band, and even there it usually appears in a supporting role. Here at the RJA, we take pride in our embrace of instrumental and stylistic diversity, but in our nine-year history, we’ve had more accordionists grace our stages than trombonists. Ryan Keberle is in the vanguard of a new generation of trombonists who are raising the instrument’s profile, in part through his sideman work with indie groundbreakers like Sufjan Stevens and R&B superstars like Beyoncé and Alicia Keys. And while he plays in plenty of big bands (some of the finest around, in fact: the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Ryan Truesdell’s Gil Evans Project), Keberle is really making his mark as a bandleader and composer in his own right. His current band, Catharsis, has released two albums of striking compositions, mostly Keberle’s, with a judicious selection of tunes by Ellington, Charlie Parker, the Beatles, and Sufjan Stevens added to the mix.
Keberle hails from Spokane, Washington, where both of his parents are longtime musicians and music educators. He moved to New York to attend the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with trombonist Steve Turre and composers Manny Albam and Mike Abene. After graduating with honors, Keberle entered Juilliard as a student of trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and composer, bandleader, and Ellington expert David Berger. (He was part of Juilliard Jazz’s first graduating class.)
In 2007 Keberle released the self-titled debut of his Double Quartet, a malleable, brass-heavy octet that showcased his deft composing and arranging skills. The band’s second disc, Heavy Dreaming, followed in 2010 and garnered slots on year-end “best” lists from magazines like Jazz Times and Stereophile.
Early 2012 marked the debut of Keberle’s latest group, the pianoless quartet Catharsis, comprising some of the music’s most compelling young voices: Mike Rodriguez (trumpet), Jorge Roeder (bass), and Eric Doob (drums). Keberle’s writing for the band reveals his more melodic and emotional side on pieces driven by groove, the blues, and Latin jazz, with which all four members have extensive experience. Keberle has worked with the Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra and with Brazilian superstar Ivan Lins, and the Latin Jazz Corner website named him Latin jazz trombonist of the year in 2008 and 2009.
Mike Rodriguez is one of the jazz world’s most acclaimed young trumpeters. His extensive big band credits range from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, and he’s been a sideman in smaller groups led by Joe Lovano, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and many others. Rodriguez has released three albums with the Rodriguez Brothers, which he co-leads with his pianist brother Robert.
Originally from Lima, Peru, bassist Jorge Roeder studied cello at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia. He took up the double bass at 18, and three years later was appointed principal bass in the Lima Philharmonic and Opera Orchestras. After two seasons, Roeder moved to the Unites States to study jazz. He is now one of New York’s most in-demand bassists: a regular in the bands of Julian Lage and Shai Maestro, he has also performed with Gary Burton, Steve Lacy, Kenny Werner, Antonio Sanchez and Matt Wilson.
Eric Doob should be a familiar face, having sat in here last fall as Miguel Zenón’s drummer. He has also worked with Paquito D’Rivera, Wynton Marsalis, Christian Scott, and Manuel Valera, earning a 2013 Grammy nomination for the latter’s New Cuban Express.A relatively new addition to Catharsis, vocalist Camila Meza hails from Santiago, Chile and moved to the US in 2009. Since then, Meza has amassed an impressive list of credits as both vocalist and guitarist, performing with Sachal Vasandani, Fabian Almazan, Paquito D’Rivera and Aaron Goldberg (among others). Recently, she has been playing with Shai Maestro, Francisco Mela and Bryan and the Aardvarks.
Tickets ($15 General Admission, $10 Students & Seniors) are available here at our website and (soon!) at People's Records, Wildwood Music, Wildberries, and The Works.
Ryan Keberle will also lead an open public workshop at 12:00 noon on Monday, April 13th (that's the same day of the show) in Music "A" 131 on the HSU campus. People of all levels of experience are welcome to attend, and admission is FREE.
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