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Ike Sturm

New York, NY      

Ike Sturm is a bassist, composer and bandleader in New York. He serves as Music Director for the Jazz Ministry at Saint Peter’s Church in Manhattan.

Raised in a musical home in Wisconsin, Ike learned from his father, gifted composer and arranger, Fred Sturm.  Ike received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music and has been fortunate to perform with Gene Bertoncini, Donny McCaslin, Bobby McFerrin, Ben Monder, Ingrid Jensen, Steve Lehman, Maria Schneider, Kenny Wheeler and many others.  He has played on four Downbeat award-winning recordings as well as Steve Reich’s releases on Canteloupe and Nonesuch Records. He has appeared with the International Contemporary Ensemble and Alarm Will Sound.

Commissioned by Saint Peter’s Church, Ike composed Jazz Mass as a large-scale work featuring choir, string orchestra and GRAMMY-nominated saxophonist Donny McCaslin.  The recording received an outstanding 4 1/2 star rating and was named among the “Best of 2010″ in DOWNBEAT magazine. Jazz Mass was premiered in Europe in 2011 at the historic Gedächtniskirche in Berlin, followed by Ike Sturm Ensemble tours of the U.S. and Scandinavia in 2012 and 2013.

Ike Sturm + Evergreen (a nonet of NYC-based singers and instrumentalists) recently released “Shelter of Trees,” which DOWNBEAT described as “…undeniably beautiful.”  He is currently working on a new duo project called Endless Field with guitarist Jesse Lewis which will be released in 2017 on Biophilia Records.

Psalm 23

Ike Sturm + Evergreen:

Misty Ann Sturm, voice
Chanda Rule, voice
Melissa Stylianou, voice
Loren Stillman, alto saxophone
Fabian Almazan, piano
Chris Dingman, vibraphone
Jesse Lewis, guitar
Ike Sturm, bass
Jared Schonig, drums

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Shelter of Trees

Ike Sturm + Evergreen. Excerpt from the album’s title track.

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Solo bass improvisation by Ike Sturm from his album, JAZZ MASS.

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