Ethan Iverson

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Ethan Iverson

Ethan Iverson (born February 11, 1973 in Menomonie, Wisconsin)[1] is a pianist, composer, and critic best known for his work in the postmodern jazz trio The Bad Plus,[2] with bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King.

Prior to the forming of The Bad Plus, Iverson was the musical director for the Mark Morris Dance Group and a student of both Fred Hersch and Sophia Rosoff. He has worked with artists such as Billy Hart, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Tim Berne, Mark Turner, Ben Street, Lee Konitz, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Paul Motian, Larry Grenadier and Charlie Haden.

Iverson writes about jazz and other subjects at length at his blog, Do The Math.


  • School Work (Mons, 1993) - with Dewey Redman, Johannes Weidermueller and Falk Willis
  • Construction Zone (Originals) (Fresh Sound New Talent, 1998) - with Reid Anderson and Jorge Rossy
  • Deconstruction Zone (Standards) (Fresh Sound New Talent, 1998) with Reid Anderson and Jorge Rossy
  • The Minor Passions (Fresh Sound New Talent, 1999) - with Reid Anderson and Billy Hart
  • Live at Smalls (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2000) - with Bill McHenry, Reid Anderson and Jeff Williams
  • Costumes Are Mandatory (HighNote, 2013) - with Lee Konitz, Larry Grenadier and Jorge Rossy

With The Bad Plus

With Albert Heath

  • Live at Smalls (2010) with Ben Street
  • Tootie's Tempo (2013)

With Billy Hart

With Buffalo Collision (incl. Tim Berne, Hank Roberts, David King)

  • Duck (2008)

With Avantango: Thomas Chapin and Pablo Aslan

  • Y En El 2000 Tambien... (EPSA Music, Argentina)

With Patrick Zimmerli

  • "Twelve Sacred Dances" (1998)


  1. ^ "Bad Plus". Current Biography Yearbook 2011. Ipswich, MA: H.W. Wilson. 2011. pp. 30–33. ISBN 9780824211219. 
  2. ^ Farberman, Brad. (July, 2009). "Shorts: Ethan Iverson." Beyond Race Magazine (BRM).

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