Highly acclaimed and consummate performers Ike Sturm, Gene Bertonici, and Melissa Stylianou have been playing together for over three years and are preparing to record an album together. Stop by the Green Growler where they will be fine-tuning their play list which will include plenty of swinging standards and fun interplay!
Ike Sturm was raised in a musical home in Wisconsin, learning from his father, renowned composer and arranger, Fred Sturm. As a bassist, Ike has performed with many gifted musicians including Gene Bertoncini, Wynton Marsalis, Donny McCaslin, Bobby McFerrin, Ben Monder, Ingrid Jensen, Steve Lehman, Catherine Russell, Maria Schneider and Kenny Wheeler. Ike’s band, Evergreen, is a 9-person band that performs regularly at Saint Peter’s Church in NYC, where Ike is the jazz director, and around the world. Their album, Shelter of Trees, was released in 2015 and is dedicated to the memory of Fred Sturm. Renowned bass critic Bill Milkowski called the album “undeniably beautiful.” Ike is currently collaborating with guitarist Jesse Lewis in a new band called Endless Field. They released their inaugural eponymous recording in June of 2017 to critical acclaim.
Gene Bertoncini is one of the pre-eminent jazz guitarists’ active today. His fluid technique and lyricism have won him international praise and accolades as the “Segovia of jazz.” An eloquent and versatile improviser, Mr. Bertoncini has been heard with an extraordinary range of jazz greats, including performances and recordings with Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Wayne Shorter, Hubert Laws, Paul Desmond among others, as well as such distinguished singers as Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Nancy Wilson, Vic Damone, and Eydie Gorme.
Jazz singer Melissa Stylianou has been turning heads and capturing hearts since the turn of this century, from her native Toronto to her adopted home of New York City, from intimate club residencies to top festival stages. She has released five albums since 1999, and performed on many others, winning fans far and wide, along with critical praise from DownBeat to The New Yorker. At the 55 Bar in Manhattan’s West Village – where Stylianou has had a residency since 2008 – the singer regularly explores new material with her colorful, interactive group: pianist Jamie Reynolds, guitarist Pete McCann, bassist Gary Wang and drummer Mark Ferber. Stylianou has also long been a member of Ike Sturm’s ensemble Evergreen, singing original jazz settings of sacred music at St. Peter’s Church in Manhattan. Underscoring her more venturesome, improvisational side, she has been the featured vocalist with Gregg Bendian’s Mahavishnu Project, dedicated to performing the music of John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra.