Ian Carey Quintet + 1
Two years of classical trumpet studies at the University of Nevada in
Reno gave Ian Carey the opportunity to play with visiting artists Eddie
Daniels and Ernie Watts. Transferring to the jazz program at The New School, he studied
trumpet with Cecil Bridgewater, Vincent Penzarella, and Charles
Tolliver and composition with Bill Kirchner and Maria Schneider. He
honed his improvisational chops in small group classes with Joanne
Brackeen, Andrew Cyrille, Billy Harper, and Reggie Workman, and had
opportunities to share the stage with rising tenor star Ravi Coltrane
and trombone veteran Eddie Bert.
Relocating to the Bay Area Carey performed with top-notch ensembles
like the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Mike Irwin Johnson’s 8
Legged Monster, Adam Theis’s Realistic Orchestra, Rob
Reich’s Circus Bella All-Star Band, vocalist Betty Fu, and
pianists Ben Stolorow and the late B.J. Papa.
But his ambition was always to create a band focusing on his original
material. He got the chance when he landed a regular spot at Financial
District watering hole The House of Shields in 2002. The gig lasted
four years, enough time to develop a book of some 40 original tunes for
He first documented the group on 2005’s "Sink/Swim", an
impressive debut session featuring Adam Shulman, Evan Francis, Fred Randolph, and
Jon Arkin. By the time he released 2010’s critically hailed
"Contextualizin’", the band had consciously sidestepped the
hard-bop sound by foregrounding Francis’s highly accomplished
flute work. In developing the music for "Roads & Codes", his
third album on his Kabocha Records label, Carey wanted to explore more
intricate writing, and move further away from head-solo-head
“Something I learned from Maria Schneider is to
tailor solo sections to strengths of the player,” Carey says.
“I don’t just have everyone play over the same
changes. Many tunes have two or three different solo
"Carey is a gifted musician who gets a warm sound out of his trumpet
and flugelhorn, his approach suggesting Chet Baker, Miles Davis, and
Art Farmer." - East Bay Express
Composer and woodwind multi-instrumentalist Sheldon Brown
formed the Sheldon Brown Group in 1993, and in 1996 he released the
jazz/fusion CD "Shifting Currents". He is also featured on Omar Sosa's
CDs "Prietos", "Bembon", "Spirit of the Roots" and "Free Roots" and on
Ian Dogole's CDs "Ionospheres" and "Night Harvest".
As a composer/member with the Club Foot Orchestra he has performed at
The Knitting Factory, Lincoln Center, and the Smithsonian Institution.
He performed with Anthony Braxton at the 1986 San Francisco Jazz
Festival. He has appeared at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Moers Jazz
Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Jazz d'Or, Toronto Jazz Festival and
the Spoleto Festival.
He currently teaches composition at the Jazzschool in Berkeley, California.
Sheldon appeared here previously with Hemispheres, Mandala, Clarinet
Thing, Ratzo Harris, Michael Wilcox, the Sheldon Brown Quintet, and the
Sheldon Brown Group.
Saxophonist Kasey Knudsen earned her BA in Jazz Composition from
Berklee College of Music in 2001. Since relocating to the Bay Area,
Knudsen has been commissioned by the Jazzschool's Emerging Artist
Series, as well as Intersection For The Arts in collaboration with the
De Young Museum.
She leads her own trio and septet that focus on original music; she
co-leads The Permanent Wave Ensemble, an octet dedicated to the music
of Carla Bley, The Knudsen-Arkin-Coleman trio with drummer Jon Arkin
& pianist Michael Coleman, and The Holly Martins with vocalist
Lorin Benedict and guitarist Eric Vogler.
Knudsen performs with Evan Francis, Ben Goldberg, Eric Garland, Henry
Hung, The Montclair Women's Big Band, Jaz Sawyer, Graham Connah, Adam
Shulman, Nathan Clevenger, Aaron Novik, Michael Coleman, the Bay Area
Composer's Collective Orchestra, Jarrett Cherner, Q Morrow, Rob Ewing,
Fred Frith, Marcus Shelby, Realistic Orchestra, The Industrial Jazz
Group, Terrence Brewer, and Rova Saxophone Quartet.
Knudsen has performed at SFJazz Fest, San Jose Jazz Fest, North Beach
Jazz Fest, Yoshi's, Pearl's, The Palace of Fine Arts, The Great
American Music Hall, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Kuumbwa, and The
Pianist Adam Shulman has been a staple of the San Francisco Jazz scene since he moved to the city in 2002.
Adam performs with Bay Area musicians such as Marcus Shelby, Anton
Schwartz, John Wiitala, Vince Lateano, Kitty Margolis, Andrew Speight,
Dayna Stephens, Erik Jekabson, Gary Brown, Patrick Wolff, Faye Carrol,
Ian Cary, and Mike Zilber.
Adam has played as a sideman with internationally renowned artists
Stefon Harris, Willie Jones III, Miguel Zenon, Luciana Souza, Paula
West, Bobby Hutcherson and the Glen Miller Orchestra.
Adam appeared here previously with Eddie Marshall, Faye Carol and
Marcus Shelby, Dayna Stephens, Harvey Wainapel, and Ratzo Harris.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, bassist Fred Randolph
started taking ukulele lessons as a young child. At age 11, inspired by
the innovative and creative style of Jimi Hendrix, he switched to the
guitar. After listening to Howard Roberts and Jimmy Smith in high
school, he became fascinated with the unique harmonies of jazz, and his
musical direction was forever altered. He began to seriously study and
play jazz, first on the guitar, and later, on the saxophone and trumpet
during his college years at UC Berkeley.
His instrumental epiphany occurred, however, when he was working on his
Master’s Degree in Composition at CSU Hayward, he fell under
the spell of the bass, captivated by its endless possibilities and
sounds. The acoustic and electric basses are now his primary
instruments. He has since studied bass with Carl Stanley, Brian Marcus,
Alex Glickman, Frank Tusa, Kai Eckhardt and Timothy Spears.
Fred appeared here previously with David Widelock, and Homespun Trio.
Originally from the Boston area, drummer Jon Arkin attended the University of Miami School of Music. After earning his degree in 1998, he relocated to the Bay Area.
He has performed and/or recorded with Wil Blades,
and Mike Zilber.
Notable venues & festivals include
Great American Music Hall (SF),
Yoshi's (Oakland & SF),
Jazz at Pearl's (SF),
Knitting Factory (NY),
Madison Square Garden (NY),
Montreal Jazz Festival (Canada),
Healdsburg Jazz Festival (CA),
High Sierra Music Festival (CA), IAJE Convention (NY).
Jon appeared here previously with Scott Hill.