Ryan Keberle plays the Bb-tenor trombone Bart van Lier “.512”:
“In my opinion, the Kuhnl & Hoyer Bart van Lier .512 trombone is the perfect trombone. Not only does it play effortlessly, with super fast response and a rich resonance in all registers, but the horn’s unique bore size allows me to use the trombone on every single gig I play, regardless of genre. I have played my K&H in symphony orchestras, for movie soundtracks, in R&B horn sections, as a jazz soloist, playing loud Latin Jazz and pop gigs, and the list goes on and on and on. It is so versatile! Plus, the horn is extremely comfortable to play and has been made to last a lifetime. It doesn’t take long to realize that K&H is a unique company in today’s world of large corporate run music instrument manufacturers. It is obvious to me that K&H, a small, family run company, puts their love, dedication, and knowledge into everything they do.”
Hailed in the Downbeat and Jazz Times International Critics Polls as the best trombonist of his generation, a player “of vision and composure” according to The New York Times, Ryan Keberle has developed a one-of-a-kind voice both on his instrument and as a composer, earning distinction among jazz’s most adventurous new voices. Keberle’s music integrates his wide-ranging experiences into a highly personal vernacular — immersed in jazz tradition, drawing on world music, rock and other influences, seeking fresh and original pathways. His flagship ensemble, Catharsis, has released five albums, three on Dave Douglas’s Greenleaf Music record label, to worldwide critical acclaim.
Keberle has also worked in endlessly varied settings with musicians ranging from superstars to up-and-coming innovators, in jazz, indie rock, R&B and classical music. As a featured soloist with the Maria Schneider Orchestra, he collaborated with David Bowie on his 2015 single “Sue (Or in a Season of Crime).” He has performed extensively with the acclaimed songwriter Sufjan Stevens, with Brazilian superstar Ivan Lins, and with the Saturday Night Live house band. He has accompanied soul hit-makers Alicia Keys and Justin Timberlake as well as jazz legends Rufus Reid and Wynton Marsalis.
Bb-tenor trombone Bart van Lier “.512“