Ike Sturm

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Ike Sturm
Born (1978-06-29) June 29, 1978 (age 38)
Wisconsin, United States
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, United States) 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, Ike learned from his father, gifted composer and arranger, Fred Sturm. Ike received bachelor's and master's degrees from the Eastman School of Music and has been fortunate to perform 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 Downbeat award-winning recordings as well as Steve Reich’s releases on Canteloupe and Nonesuch Records. He has appeared with the International Contemporary Ensemble, Signal and Alarm Will Sound.[1]

Commissioned by Saint Peter’s Church, Ike composed Jazz Mass as a large-scale work featuring choir, string orchestra and GRAMMY-nominated saxophonist Donny McCaslin.[2] The recording received an outstanding 4 1/2 star rating and was named among the “Best of 2010″ in DOWNBEAT magazine. Jazz Mass was premiered in Europe in 2011 at the historic Gedächtniskirche in Berlin, followed by Ike Sturm Ensemble tours of the U.S. and Scandinavia in 2012 and 2013.[3]

Evergreen, Ike's current band, recently recorded a new album to be released in early 2015. CDs available at www.ikesturm.com.


Solo albums[edit]

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


With Steve Reich
With Ted Poor Quartet
  • 2004: All Around (Trier Records)
With Kira Fontana
  • 2007: The Inner Revolution (Spark The Fire Records)
With Alan Ferber
With Jostein Gulbrandsen Trio
  • 2011: Release Of Tension (CD Baby)[4]
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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