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Earthwise welcomes Ethan Iverson, Marta Sanchez

April 1 @ 11:00 pm - April 2 @ 1:30 am

Ethan Iverson, solo piano. Marta Sanchez opens the show

Pianist, composer, and writer Ethan Iverson was a founding member 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-60’s jazz and indie rock.” During his 17-year tenure, TBP 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 Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and a radical reinvention of Ornette Coleman’s Science Fiction.

Since leaving TBP, Iverson has kept busy. 2017: Co-curated a major centennial celebration of Thelonious Monk at Duke University and premiered the evening-length Pepperland with the Mark Morris Dance Group. 2018: premiered an original piano concerto with the American Composers Orchestra and released a duo album of new compositions with Mark Turner on ECM. 2019: Common Practice with Tom Harrell (ECM), standards tracked live at the Village Vanguard. 2021: Bud Powell in the 21st Century, a vigorous reconsideration of the bebop master, is featured on the March cover of DownBeat. 2022: The current release is Every Note is True on Blue Note records, an album of original work in trio with Larry Grenadier and Jack DeJohnette.

Iverson also has been in the critically-acclaimed Billy Hart quartet for well over a decade and occasionally performs with elder statesmen like Albert “Tootie” Heath or Ron Carter or collaborates with noted classical musicians like Miranda Cuckson and Mark Padmore. For almost 20 years, Iverson’s website Do the Math has been a repository of musician-to-musician interviews and analysis. 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.” Iverson has also published articles about music in the New Yorker, NPR, The Nation, and JazzTimes. Iverson resides in Park Slope with his wife Sarah Deming.

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A fine pianist who is a particularly inventive player returns to Palo Alto after appearances with Earthwise at The Mitch as a duo and at Lytton Plaza as a quartet in previous years. She actually will play five shows as a residency.

“EIght PART PIANO SERIOUS” in Palo Alto with Ethan Iverson,, Marta Sanchez, Tammy Hall, Edward Simon, Dick Fregulia, Dick Conte, Myra Melford and Ben Stivers (as part of Will Bernard Freelance Subversives) April 1 thru 8 at The Mitch by Earthwise


April 1 @ 11:00 pm
April 2 @ 1:30 am


Mitchell Park Community Center
3700 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303 United States