“Quietly intellectual, pianist Randy Ingram, spins delicate gossamer gold with bassist Drew Gress on the nine standard and original compositions making up The Wandering.” —C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz
“In terms of duet albums for piano and bass in 2017, it’s going to be tough to top the beguiling union of Randy Ingram and Drew Gress on Ingram’s gorgeous new album for Sunnyside, ‘The Wandering’. Its songs comprise as calming and carefully crafted a conversation you’re likely to hear between a grand piano and stand-up bass anytime soon.” —Ron Hart, The Observer
Randy Ingram (pianist/composer) has been hailed as “gifted” (Jazz Times) and “a formidable composer” (The San Francisco Chronicle). “A young pianist drawn to contemporary harmony and a sleek rhythmic sensibility… Astute, self-possessed” (The New York Times). “He’s got a crystalline sound, rich and wide open, and knows how to state a melody with spacious chords, veering into logical solos that wander into intriguing lands” (Jazz Weekly).
Sunnyside Records has now released Ingram’s latest recording, The Wandering, an intimate collection of duets with the esteemed bassist Drew Gress. Born out of a desire to develop and express his pianistic voice, The Wandering is Ingram’s most personal recording to date, an unencumbered look into his musical identity as an interpreter, improviser and composer.
Ingram’s previous album, Sky/Lift (Sunnyside Records, 2014), features his working quartet, with Mike Moreno on guitar, Matt Clohesy on bass and Jochen Rueckert on drums, performing Ingram’s original compositions. “Ingram and his band consistently get it right,” applauds All About Jazz NY. “[They are an impressive] leader and group that one expects will continue to make great music for years.” The Ottawa Citizen proclaims that “Ingram’s material is very strong and personal, and he and his fellow musicians live up to challenge of making the songs come alive.” Sky/Lift has received tremendous critical acclaim worldwide, propelling Ingram’s quartet to perform at venues such as the Jazz A Domergue Festival in Cannes, France, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In the fall of 2016, he was honored with a composition fellowship at New Hampshire’s prestigious MacDowell Colony.
Randy Ingram was born in Anchorage, Alaska. His parents relocated to the warmer climate of Southern California when he was three, settling in Laguna Beach, California, a small town with an outsized appreciation for art and music. A piano student since the age of four, Ingram’s passion for jazz blossomed in high school, when he formed a trio with two musician friends that have gone on earn Grammy nominations; bassist/producer Billy Mohler (Herbie Hancock/Jimmy Chamberlin), and drummer Nate Wood (Kneebody/Donny McCaslin). Ingram parlayed his high school trio experience into scholarships at the University of Southern California, where he received his Bachelor’s degree for Jazz Performance, and The New England Conservatory (NEC), where he received his Master’s degree in Jazz Performance.
Along the way he was mentored by acclaimed pianists Alan Pasqua, Danilo Perez and Fred Hersch, as well as legendary composers George Russell and Bob Brookmeyer. Shortly after graduating from NEC, Ingram was selected to attend the Kennedy Center’s Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program in Washington, D.C. A move to Brooklyn followed, where Ingram lives today, and where he established himself as both a pianist and composer, receiving an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s Award. In the words of his mentor Fred Hersch, “Randy Ingram is among the vanguard of young jazz pianists on the New York scene. He plays with finesse, thoughtfulness and passion”.
Randy Ingram has performed and recorded with leading musicians including John Patitucci, Ari Hoenig, Benny Maupin, Ben Monder, Tierney Sutton, Joe Locke, Joel Frahm, Marcus Gilmore, Jon Irabagon, Ingrid Jensen, Joe LaBarbera, Kendrick Scott, Lage Lund, Matt Penman, Will Vinson, Jaleel Shaw and the late Billy Higgins. No stranger to the pop world, he has also performed with recording artists Samantha Ronson (Roc-a-Fella), Kristina Train (Blue Note), Nikki Yanofksy (Decca/Universal), Brenna Whitaker (Verve), and Tony Award-winning composer Duncan Sheik (Universal).
In Sweden’s highest-grossing film of 2013, Waltz for Monica (Monica Z), a biopic about the Scandinavian jazz singer Monica Zetterlund (which won four Swedish Academy Awards and was nominated for eight more), Ingram performed as one of his heroes, the pianist Bill Evans.
Ingram has toured Europe as a bandleader many times and has performed throughout Europe and Japan as a sideman. He has performed on national television and at venues including Birdland, The Blue Note, The Jazz Gallery, The Jazz Standard, Le Poisson Rouge, Mezzrow and Smalls in New York City; The Regattabar and Sculler’s in Boston; The Catalina Bar and Grill, the Blue Whale and The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles; The Oslo Konserthus in Oslo, Norway; The A-Trane in Berlin, Germany; Jimmy Glass in Valencia, Spain; Gregory’s Jazz Club in Rome, Italy; and the Guimarães Jazz Festival in Guimarães, Portugal.
Randy Ingram made his recording debut with The Road Ahead (Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records, 2009). “When Ingram is not playing one of his own superb tunes, he reinvents pop gems like The Beatles’ ‘For No One,’ and standards including ‘Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most’ and ‘So In Love,’” wrote Rochester City Newspaper. “Whatever he plays, Ingram attacks the keyboard with equal shares of flair, taste and dexterity, making every track an evocative journey.” According to The Boston Herald, “[Ingram’s] thoroughly enjoyable debut portends a bright future… The Road Ahead suggests he’ll be hard to stop.”