Consisting of some of the most talented young musicians from North America and Europe, the Ben van Gelder Quintet ushers in a new aesthetic with international allure. Rooted in the jazz tradition, this group creates music that is informed by the spirit of the time. As the band shapes its original compositions, it projects a robust, yet shimmering wall of sound without abandoning the folk music origins of the blues. The quintet is transparently invested in community building—in creating a strong feeling in the room for members of the audience—and their music speaks to listeners of any age and background. The luminance of vibraphone and piano, backed by an energetic, textured rhythm section, offer a platform for improvisation and experimentation.
SAM HARRIS — piano
One of the most in demand pianists of his generation, Sam Harris (28) has made a strong impact on the improvised music scene in New York. He is active as both a leader of his own ensemble and as a sideman for notables such as Ambrose Akinmusire, Logan Richardson and Gretchen Parlato with whom he has performed at venues and festivals across the globe. His connection to the piano is highly personal and his playing offers the listener a wide ranged pallet with an emphasis on rhythm and melody.
PETER SCHLAMB – vibraphone
Inspired by sources as diverse as baseball, rap and Coleman Hawkins, Peter Schlamb (26) takes a unique approach to the vibraphone. With stunning accuracy and uncanny musical intuition, his playing can best be described as magical. Peter’s roots lie in St. Louis, and he is yet another addition to a long line of great musicians to come from the city. He studied at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York with forward thinking musicians such as Stefon Harris, Aaron Goldberg and Nasheet Waits. Peter remains an active member of the New York jazz scene where he performs regularly with musicians such as David Binney, Mike Moreno and Logan Richardson.
RICK ROSATO – double bass
Currently residing in Montreal, Rick Rosato (26) is one of the most versatile and virtuosic bass players around. His time is impeccable and his solos captivating. Rick’s sense of form, melody and harmony are as apparent as his perfect technical execution. As one of the most in demand bass players in Canada and beyond, Rick keeps himself busy playing with established groups such as the Ari Hoenig Quartet. Rick graduated from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, where he studied with Matt Brewer and Larry Grenadier amongst others.
CRAIG WEINRIB — drums
Craig Weinrib (26) lives and works in New York. He graduated from Columbia University in 2010 with a degree in English Literature. Since then he has collaborated with some of the most progressive artists in the world, including Henry Threadgill, Ravi Coltrane, and David Virelles. He now works with Henry Threadgill’s Double-Up, Roman Filiú’s Quarteria, the Ben van Gelder Quartet/Quintet, and the Sam Harris Trio; he also appears with Jonathan Finlayson and Sicilian Defence, the Dayna Stephens Quintet, and the Matt Brewer Quintet, among others.
BEN VAN GELDER – alto saxophone
Despite his age, Ben van Gelder (26) is emerging as an important new voice on the New York jazz scene. Musicians and peers alike prize him for his unique sound, originality and artistic integrity. He performs all around the world in various settings and formations and has been the recipient of multiple honors and awards including the “Deloitte Jazz Award” (2009). Ben studied in New York with jazz greats such as Lee Konitz and Mark Turner. He can be found frequenting New York’s major jazz venues where he performs with many acclaimed musicians such as Ben Street and Ambrose Akinmusire.