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 this ensemble.

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 conventions.

“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 sections.”

"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 Jazzschool.


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, Kenny Brooks, Bill Champlin, Eric Crystal, Karl Denson, Terry Disley, Taylor Eigsti, Jon Evans, Barry Finnerty, Jesse Foster, Joe Gilman, Meklit Hadero, Fareed Haque, Steve Heckman, Julian Lage, Mark Levine, Mitch Marcus, Frank Martin, Jeff Massanari, Gene Perla, Randy Porter, Dayna Stephens, Ira Sullivan, Grady Tate, Leonard Thompson, Harvey Wainapel, Vince Wallace, 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.