Ike Sturm

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Ike Sturm
Born (1978-06-29) June 29, 1978 (age 39)
Wisconsin, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Upright bass
Associated acts Ted Poor Quartet, Jostein Gulbrandsen Trio

Ike Sturm (born 29 June 1978 in Wisconsin) 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.[1]


Raised in a musical home in Wisconsin, Sturm learned from his father, composer and arranger Fred Sturm. He received degrees from the Eastman School of Music and has performed with Gene Bertoncini, Donny McCaslin, Bobby McFerrin, Ben Monder, Ingrid Jensen, Steve Lehman, Maria Schneider, Kenny Wheeler and many others. He has played on four Down Beat award-winning recordings as well as Steve Reich's albums for Cantaloupe Music and Nonesuch Records. He has appeared with the International Contemporary Ensemble, Signal and Alarm Will Sound.[1]

Commissioned by Saint Peter's Church, he composed Jazz Mass as a large-scale work featuring choir, string orchestra, and saxophonist Donny McCaslin.[2] The recording received 4 1/2 stars rating and was named among the Best of 2010 in Down Beat magazine. Jazz Mass premiered in Europe in 2011 at the Gedächtniskirche in Berlin.[3]


Solo albums[edit]

  • 2004: Spirit (Ike Sturm)
  • 2009: Jazzmass (CD Baby)


With Steve Reich
With Ted Poor Quartet
  • 2004: All Around (Trier)
With Kira Fontana
  • 2007: The Inner Revolution (Spark the Fire)
With Alan Ferber
With Jostein Gulbrandsen Trio
With J.J. Wright


  1. ^ a b "Ike Sturm". Biography. SmallsJazzClub.com. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ Mergner, Lee (2009-07-11). "The Double Life of Jazz Bassist Ike Sturm". JazzTimes. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ Kvalevaag, Geir Kåre (February 2, 2012). "Ike Sturm Ensemble (New York) og Jazzå Storband konsert Mandag 12. mars kl. 20.00 i Storsalen" (in Norwegian). Storsalen.no. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Jostein Gulbrandsen trio". Biography. CDbaby.com. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Ike Sturm". Discography. Discogs.com. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 

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