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Whitworth University’s Guest Artist Jazz Concert to Feature Ryan Keberle & Catharsis

September 26, 2019
The award-winning Whitworth University Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dan Keberle, will perform its 31st annual jazz concert with the world-renowned jazz group Ryan Keberle & Catharsis on Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox.

The critically acclaimed trombonist and composer has recorded with artists such as David Bowie and Alicia Keys, toured with Sufjan Stevens, performed with several Afro-Cuban bands, and has been called a staple in some of the leading contemporary jazz orchestras, including those led by Maria Schneider and Ryan Truesdell.

Nate Chinen of The New York Times writes, “A young trombonist of vision and composure… with far-ranging credential, Ryan Keberle is onto something with Catharsis, his update of a pianoless postbop quartet… There is heart and soul in Mr. Keberle’s tunes.” The Irish Times called Keberle one of the hottest names in jazz trombone: “His own group, Catharsis, is a powerful ‘chordless’ quintet of similarly sought-after musicians.”

In addition to the concert, Ryan Keberle & Catharsis will present a free jazz clinic on Friday, Nov. 1, at 5:15 p.m. in the Cowles Music Center’s Myhre Recital Hall. All students (grade school through high school) who attend the jazz clinic will receive a free ticket to Saturday night’s concert.

The Whitworth Jazz Ensemble I and jazz program was founded by Ryan’s father, Professor of Music Dan Keberle, D.M.A., who still directs the group as director of jazz studies at the university. Under Keberle’s direction, the ensemble has been named the top collegiate band numerous times at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and has been named one of the top five collegiate jazz bands at the prestigious Elmhurst Jazz Festival in Chicago. It has also been listed in JazzTimes magazine as one of the top jazz education programs in the U.S.

The 18-piece group performs several concerts each year on campus, and appears at jazz festivals, public schools, civic events, and on annual tours throughout the United States. The group has also taken part in jazz residencies in Germany, Italy, Australia, Cuba, Brazil, Hawaii, New York City and New Orleans. Over the past years, it has performed for standing-room-only crowds alongside musicians such as Pat Metheny, Branford Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Arturo Sandoval, Chris Potter and Lee Konitz.

Tickets are $20/general and $15 for seniors and students, and can be purchased at


Ann Marie Ross, music tours coordinator, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4847 or

Trisha Coder, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or