Ike Sturm (born June 29, 1978) is a bassist, composer and educator in New York City, USA. Ike Sturm is most known for his work as Assistant Director of Music for the Jazz Ministry at Saint Peter’s Church in Manhattan. The church is internationally regarded as the “Jazz Church.” In addition to working as an educator and clinician, he leads a 10-piece ensemble in collaborative music and visual art concerts with his sister, clarinetist and artist Madeline Sturm. Ike lives in New York with his wife, soprano Misty Ann Sturm. ”Spirit,” his first CD, was released in early 2004.
Ike Sturm has performed with Gene Bertoncini, Bobby McFerrin, Ben Monder, Maria Schneider, Kenny Wheeler, and many orchestras throughout the US. He has performed with “Alarm WIll Sound” and is a member of “Neos,” a new music quintet. He has played on four “Downbeat” award-winning recordings as well as composer Steve Reich's most recent releases on Canteloupe and Nonesuch Records. Ike studied jazz and classical bass while earning both Bachelors and Masters degrees at the Eastman School of Music.
Ike Sturm is a bassist, composer and bandleader in New York. He serves as Music Director for the Jazz Ministry at Saint Peter’s Church in Manhattan (the “Jazz Church”), celebrating a deep tradition of weekly jazz services and memorializing visionaries such as Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk.
Ike was raised in a musical home in Wisconsin, learning from his father, renowned composer and arranger, Fred Sturm. He has performed with many gifted musicians including Gene Bertoncini, Donny McCaslin, Bobby McFerrin, Ben Monder, Ingrid Jensen, Maria Schneider and Kenny Wheeler. He has played on four Downbeat award-winning recordings as well as Steve Reich’s releases on Canteloupe and Nonesuch Records. He has appeared with Alarm Will Sound and Signal and plays regularly with creative bands in New York.
Ike studied jazz and classical bass and composition while earning Bachelors and Masters degrees at the Eastman School of Music. In addition, he drew inspiration from studies with legendary bassist Dave Holland. Saint Peter’s Church recently commissioned Ike to compose a Jazz Mass for choir, strings and jazz septet. The studio recording features Misty Ann Sturm, Loren Stillman, Ingrid Jensen, Ryan Ferreira, Adam Benjamin, Ted Poor and GRAMMY nominee Donny McCaslin in a large-scale work including choir and string orchestra.
CDs available at www.ikesturm.com.