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Ethan Iverson

  • Jazz Studies

Pianist Ethan Iverson joined New England Conservatory's jazz studio faculty in 2016.

Ethan Iverson is best known as one-third of The Bad Plus, a game-changing collective with Reid Anderson and David King. The New York Times called TBP "…Better than anyone at melding the sensibilities of post-'60s jazz and indie rock." TBP has performed in venues as diverse as the Village Vanguard, Carnegie Hall, and Bonnaroo; collaborated with Joshua Redman, Bill Frisell, and the Mark Morris Dance Group; and created a faithful arrangement of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring and a radical reinvention of Ornette Coleman’s Science Fiction (the latter with Tim Berne, Ron Miles, and Sam Newsome).

In addition to TBP, Iverson participates in the critically-acclaimed Billy Hart quartet with Mark Turner and Ben Street, and occasionally performs with an elder statesman like Albert “Tootie” Heath or Ron Carter. For a decade Iverson’s blog Do the Math has been a repository of musician-to-musician interviews and analysis, which is surely one reason Time Out New York selected Iverson as one of 25 essential New York jazz icons: "Perhaps NYC's most thoughtful and passionate student of jazz tradition—the most admirable sort of artist-scholar.

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