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.”

Photo by Cristina Guadalupe


2016-10-19

Recognition

  • DownBeat 62nd Annual Critics Poll: Best Jazz Group, #2 The Bad Plus
  • DownBeat 62nd Annual Critics Poll: Top 10 Record of the Year, The Bad Plus—The Rite of Spring

Collaborations

  • Billy Hart Quartet, since 2003
  • The Bad Plus, since 2001
  • music director of Mark Morris Dance Group, 1998–2002

LIFE IS A LOT LIKE JAZZ. IT'S BEST WHEN YOU IMPROVISE. GEORGE GERSHWIN