October 6, 2016, Trombonist and composer, and arranger Ryan Keberle is the leader of the piano-less quartet Catharsis which he founded in 2012. Keberle draws from lessons learned playing alongside masters of a multitude of forms, from jazz legends to indie rock ground-breakers, R&B superstars to classical virtuosos. His compositions and arrangements of works by other composers evidence expansive tastes, which encompass Duke Ellington, the Beatles, Sufjan Stevens, and Ravel, among others. His work in the indie rock world, including a world tour with Stevens, has provided the newest fork in what has been an unpredictable career.
He has toured with the ground-breaking big bands of Maria Schneider and Darcy James Argue; has accompanied soul hit-makers Alicia Keys and Justin Timberlake as well as jazz legends Rufus Reid and Wynton Marsalis; and has appeared on movie soundtracks 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. His recordings include the self-titled debut of his Double Quartet and Heavy Dreaming, which garnered rave reviews and slots on year-end lists from JazzTimes and Stereophile.