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).
Sky/Lift, the most recent Randy Ingram Quartet record, is available from Sunnyside Records. The album features Matt Clohesy on bass, Mike Moreno on guitar and Jochen Rueckert on drums; together with Ingram, they are four of modern jazz’s finest young musicians. “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.” 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. His next recording, an intimate duet with the esteemed bassist Drew Gress, will be released by Sunnyside in early 2017.
Born in Anchorage, Alaska, raised in Laguna Beach, California, Randy Ingram currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. A protégé of pianists Alan Pasqua, Danilo Perez and Fred Hersch, who named him to the vanguard of contemporary young jazz pianists, Ingram won scholarships to the University of Southern California, where he received his Bachelors degree for Jazz Performance, and The New England Conservatory, where he received his Masters of Music. Randy Ingram was selected to attend the Kennedy Center’s Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program and is a winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s Award. In the fall of 2016, Ingram will head to the prestigious MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH, where he has been awarded a composition fellowship.
Randy Ingram has performed and recorded with leading musicians including Matt Brewer, Obed Calvaire, Joel Frahm, Marcus Gilmore, Ari Hoenig, Jon Irabagon, Ingrid Jensen, Joe LaBarbera, Joe Locke, Lage Lund, Jacam Manricks, Benny Maupin, Ben Monder, Matt Penman, Ted Poor, Noah Preminger, Kendrick Scott, Jaleel Shaw, Tierney Sutton, Jeremy Udden, Will Vinson, and the late Billy Higgins. He has toured with recording artists Samantha Ronson (Roc-a-Fella), Kristina Train (Blue Note), Nikki Yanofksy (Decca/Universal) and Brenna Whitaker (Verve).
In Sweden’s highest-grossing film that year, Waltz for Monica (Monica Z, 2013), 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 four times and has performed throughout Europe and Japan as a sideman. Ingram has also played on national television and at venues including Birdland, The Blue Note, The 55Bar, The Jazz Gallery, The Jazz Standard, Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, Le Poisson Rouge, and Smalls in New York City; The Regattabar and Sculler’s in Boston; The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., 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; and the Guimarães Jazz Festival in Guimarães, Portugal.
Randy Ingram made his recording debut with The Road Ahead (2009, Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records). “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] throughly enjoyable debut portends a bright future… The Road Ahead suggests he’ll be hard to stop.”