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 with Cecil Bridgewater, Charles Tolliver, Laurie Frink, John McNeil, Bill Kirchner, Maria Schneider, Joanne Brackeen, Andrew Cyrille, Billy Harper, and Reggie Workman.

During the next seven years in NYC he had opportunities to perform with Ravi Coltrane, Ted Curson, Eddie Bert, Gregoire Maret, Loren Schoenberg, Rory Stuart, Marion Brown, and Ali Jackson.

Relocating to the Bay Area, Carey performed with the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, 8 Legged Monster, Realistic Orchestra, Matt Small's Crushing Spiral Ensemble, Rob Reich, Fred Randolph, Nathan Clevenger, Adam Shulman, Ed Reed, Ben Stolorow, Don Alberts, B.J. Papa, Dayna Stephens, Noel Jewkes, Bob Kenmotsu, Matt Clark, Doug Miller, and Bryan Bowman.

Since 2005, Ian has released three CDs with his group, "Sink/Swim", "Contextualizin'", and "Roads & Codes", each moving further away from hard bop head-solo-head conventions, and into longer forms tailored to the soloists.

In 2013 Carey received a grant from the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music to compose a new four-movement suite, titled "Interview Music," for his Quintet + 1 which was premiered at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley. The suite was recorded in at the legendary Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, and was released in April 2016.

He appeared here previously with the Ian Carey Quintet + 1.


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, Ian Carey, the Sheldon Brown Quintet, and the Sheldon Brown Group.

Kasey Knudsen is a San Francisco based saxophonist, composer & educator. She earned her BA in Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music in 2001. Since relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area, Knudsen has been commissioned by the Jazzschool's Emerging Artist Series, Intersection For The Arts, and the De Young Museum.

She leads her own trio and sextet, and co-leads The Schimscheimer Family Trio with Jon Arkin and Michael Coleman, as well as The Holly Martins with Lorin Benedict and Eric Vogler.

Knudsen can be heard with Evan Francis, Ben Goldberg, Fred Frith, Eric Garland, Henry Hung, The Montclair Women's Big Band, Graham Connah, Adam Shulman, Nathan Clevenger, Aaron Novik, Michael Coleman, the Bay Area Composer's Collective Orchestra, Jarrett Cherner, Q Morrow, Rob Ewing, Marcus Shelby, Realistic Orchestra, Scott Amendola, and Rova Saxophone Quartet.

She appeared here previously with Ian Carey.


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, Ian Carey, Patrick Wolff, Ratzo Harris, and the Adam Shulman Sextet.


Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, bassist Fred Randolph started taking ukulele lessons as a young child. At age 11, inspired by 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 Masterís 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.

He has performed with the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, the Collective West Jazz Orchestra, Sandy Cressman, Michael Smolens, Bobbe Norris and Larry Dunlap, Kenny Washington, Marcos Silva, and Frank Martin.

His third CD as a leader, "Song Without Singing", was released in 2015.

Fred appeared here previously with David Widelock, Ian Carey, 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, Ian Carey, and Adam Shulman.